2015 NFL DRAFT

Johnathan Jenkins, DT

School: Georgia  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Meriden, CT
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 346 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
7482-3
LATEST NEWS
04/24/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT RANG'S GANG: DT: John Jenkins, Georgia, 6-4, 346, 5.23...Jenkins has been known to let his weight get out of control, but that is the only reason I can see as to why he won't prove to be a quality defender in the NFL. He is remarkably light on his feet for a man of his size and has excellent power. He's too wide to offer much as a pass-rusher but hustles. Perhaps most intriguing, he stood out in Georgia's biggest games, especially against Alabama, Florida and South Carolina. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/08/2013 - John Jenkins is regarded as a potential late-first round pick for his combination of size and athleticism that is virtually unmatched among his peers in this month's NFL Draft. Jenkins, though, risked plunging down draft boards after ballooning to 370 pounds during the SEC Championship against Alabama. The former Georgia defensive tackle has responded with an intense condition program over the last several months that helped him shed nearly 40 pounds. He is now reportedly down to 332, according to Pro Football Talk. "When you're in the moment, you don't want the negative feedback," Jenkins told the Macon Telegraph. "The program stuck behind me (and) kept saying I was 354, when in reality I was 370."

While Jenkins' numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine weren't as popping as the ones turned in by Dontari Poe in 2012, the Bulldogs' lineman compares favorably with the former Memphis tackle. At 6-3, 346 pounds, Poe put up 44 reps on the 225-pound bench press and was clocked at an unofficial time of 4.98 in the 40-yard dash in February 2012. Jenkins had hoped to finish ahead of Poe in the 40, but was clocked at 5.2 seconds. With 30 reps on the bench press, Jenkins ranked among the top defensive linemen in the category. Poe's performance is considered as one of the most impressive by a defensive lineman in combine history.

Jenkins has also employed a strict diet to help lose the excess weight. On a given day, Jenkins will wake up as early as 6 a.m. and drink a protein shake before his morning workout. After a light meal around 10 and a bigger lunch an hour later, he had another shake following his afternoon workout. The shakes, Jenkins said, contain fresh fruits such as pineapples, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com

03/28/2013 - 2013 Georgia Pro Day: Representatives from all 32 NFL teams gathered at Georgia's pro day on Thursday for a workout held outdoors on FieldTurf in approximately 40-degree temperatures. John Jenkins, DT (6-4 1/4, 343) - Jenkins ran the 40 in 5.29 and 5.34 seconds. He had a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.94 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.74 seconds. Jenkins had an impressive workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

01/23/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Tuesday: The South's most consistently disruptive defensive lineman was also the biggest: Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins. The 6-4, 359-pound Jenkins is simply bigger, stronger and -- as shocking as it sounds -- quicker than virtually any other lineman on the field. His girth and long arms allow him to hold up well at the point of attack against double-teams, something he did with great effectiveness when playing inside or out as part of Georgia's three-man front. Jenkins is proving this week in Mobile, however, that he has the athleticism to also play well in a traditional four-man front, making him a potential top-20 prospect. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/26/2012 - No. 6 Georgia will be without starting nose tackle John Jenkins when it plays No. 23 Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said on Wednesday. According to Richt, Jenkins will sit out the game due to "academic concerns." The 6-foot-3, 358-pound senior was one of the mainstays on the Georgia defensive line this past fall. Jenkins had 50 tackles, including two for losses and a sack. He also blocked a kick and had 14 quarterback hurries.

The Bulldogs have no shortage of behemoths available to replace Jenkins, however. Junior Kwame Geathers, who is 6-foot-6 and 355 pounds, was Jenkins' prime backup at nose tackle and he actually started one game there this season (plus three others at defensive end). Geathers had 37 tackles in 2012 (with a career-high six coming against Alabama in the SEC title game), including five behind the line and one sack. The Bulldogs will need Geathers to come through since Nebraska is eighth nationally in rushing at 254 yards per game. - Chris Huston, CBSports.com

12/26/2012 - Georgia suffered a significant loss when coach Mark Richt announced Wednesday that nose tackle John Jenkins will not play in the Capital One Bowl against Nebraska on Jan. 1 because of academic issues. The 358-pound Jenkins had started all 13 games this season and was second among the Bulldogs defensive linemen in tackles with 50. He is the anchor of the Bulldogs' run defense, which will be important against Nebraska, which ranks eighth nationally in rushing offense. Jenkins is a senior, so his collegiate career is over.

"John Jenkins won't be here," said Richt on the school's website. "It's academic related, he will not be at the bowl, and that will be all I'll say about that. ... I think John Jenkins has been awesome for Georgia. I'm really proud of everything he's accomplished for us. Just really want to wish him the very best. He's been a blessing for our program." - The Sports Xchange

12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): DT - John Jenkins, Georgia, Sr., has been selected Second Team All-Southeastern Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Jenkins has accumulated 50 tackles this season, including 17 in Georgia's last two games against Georgia Tech and Alabama. He has registered two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery to go along with 15 quarterback pressures. - Georgia football

12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL - John Jenkins, Georgia, has been selected Second Team All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Jenkins has accumulated 50 tackles this season, including 17 in Georgia's last two games against Georgia Tech and Alabama. He has registered two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery to go along with 15 quarterback pressures. - Georgia football

10/08/2012 - WEEK 6 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: NT JOHN JENKINS (Georgia) -- Had career-high eight tackles and blocked a field goal against South Carolina. - SEC football

09/11/2012 - NG John Jenkins was helped off the field with a leg injury late in the second half, but Georgia coach Mark Richt said it wasn't serious. "I think he's going to be OK," Richt said. "He was in good spirits after the game and walking around on his own. I think he's fine." - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2012 - John Jenkins hasn't begun his senior year yet, but the Georgia nose tackle is on the radar for the NFL draft. Perhaps very high. Phil Savage, who ran the scouting system for the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns, is now the executive director of the Senior Bowl. Savage posted this analysis of Jenkins, the Georgia senior who is listed at 351 pounds. "Overall, he will be of high interest to the 3-4 teams, but the 4-3 clubs cannot discount him as a DT because he does have enough AA (athletic ability) and body quickness to potentially be a disruptive force," Savage wrote. "If he will continue to improve, he certainly has a chance to be drafted higher than Cody (who went #57 to the Ravens), because he has a better looking body and more pass rush potential in the future." Told that Jenkins rated No. 5 overall, Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham didn't sound surprised. "I can see that," said Grantham, a former defensive coordinator and line coach in the NFL. "I evaluated defensive linemen in pro football for 11 years, and I know what first-round picks look like, and I know what they can be. I think for him to get to where he wants to be and for that to be true, he's obviously going to continue to have to work hard this year. But I can tell you that he's a really good player in my mind, and he can achieve a lot of goals he set out for himself this year." - Seth Emerson, The Macon Telegraph

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): DL John Jenkins (82), Georgia, Sr., made an immediate impact for Georgia in 2011 during his first season in Athens. The 6-3, 351-pound Jenkins played in all 14 games, including starting seven of the last nine, and tallied 28 tackles, three sacks and six tackles for loss. He also forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and had an interception from his spot in the middle of the Bulldog defensive line. - Georgia football

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL - John Jenkins, Georgia, ... Jenkins, a native of Meriden, Conn., made an immediate impact for Georgia in 2011 during his first season in Athens. The 6-3, 351-pound Jenkins played in all 14 games, including starting seven of the last nine, and tallied 28 tackles, three sacks and six tackles for loss. He also forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and had an interception from his spot in the middle of the Bulldog defensive line. - Georgia football

07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: John Jenkins, NT, Georgia, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. Jenkins made an immediate impact for Georgia in 2011 during his first season in Athens. The 6-3, 351-pound Jenkins played in all 14 games, including starting seven of the last nine, and tallied 28 tackles, three sacks and six tackles for loss. He also forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and had an interception from his spot in the middle of the Bulldog defensive line. - Georgia football

07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: John Jenkins, DT, Georgia, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. Jenkins, a native of Meriden, Conn., made an immediate impact for Georgia in 2011 during his first season in Athens. The 6-3, 351-pound Jenkins played in all 14 games, including starting seven of the last nine, and tallied 28 tackles, three sacks and six tackles for loss. He also forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and had an interception from his spot in the middle of the Bulldog defensive line. - Georgia football

07/18/2012 - 2012 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: John Jenkins, Georgia, DT, has been selected to the Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2012 college football season, which goes to the best interior lineman in college football, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. Jenkins, a native of Meriden, Conn., made an immediate impact for Georgia in 2011 during his first season in Athens. The 6-3, 351-pound Jenkins played in all 14 games, including starting seven of the last nine, and tallied 28 tackles, three sacks and six tackles for loss. He also forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and had an interception from his spot in the middle of the Bulldog defensive line. - Georgia football

07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Jonathan Jenkins, Georgia, DT, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. Jenkins, a native of Meriden, Conn., made an immediate impact for Georgia in 2011 during his first season in Athens. The 6-3, 351-pound Jenkins played in all 14 games, including starting seven of the last nine, and tallied 28 tackles, three sacks and six tackles for loss. He also forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and had an interception from his spot in the middle of the Bulldog defensive line. - Georgia football

 
 
LATEST NEWS
04/24/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT RANG'S GANG: DT: John Jenkins, Georgia, 6-4, 346, 5.23...Jenkins has been known to let his weight get out of control, but that is the only reason I can see as to why he won't prove to be a quality defender in the NFL. He is remarkably light on his feet for a man of his size and has excellent power. He's too wide to offer much as a pass-rusher but hustles. Perhaps most intriguing, he stood out in Georgia's biggest games, especially against Alabama, Florida and South Carolina. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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