2018 NFL Draft

Jelani Jenkins, ILB

School: Florida  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Olney, MD
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 243 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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03/13/2013 - 2013 Florida Pro Day: The biggest news of the day may have been the workout turned in by junior outside linebacker Jelani Jenkins, who had not been able to participate at the combine due to his continued rehabilitation following the foot surgery which ended his 2012 season prematurely.

Jenkins measured in at 6-foot (5/8) and 237 pounds and timed between 4.65-4.69 seconds, according to the Senior Bowl. He also reportedly looked athletic in positional drills, which isn't surprising considering that his movement skills stand out on tape. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Medical watch: Throughout his Florida career, Jelani Jenkins has been forced in and out of the starting lineup due to various injuries. This past season, it was a fractured thumb, broken bone in his right foot and several other bumps and bruises that kept him on the sidelines during several games. Jenkins is a talented athlete, but teams will have to be convinced he can stay on the field and off the trainer's table. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/18/2013 - Of the Gator football team's four juniors gone pro, outside linebacker Jelani Jenkins has received his fair share of criticism. And it's warranted. Jenkins, who has hired an agent, missed four games (including the Sugar Bowl) due to thumb, hamstring and foot injuries. The last setback required surgery and may leave him less than 100 percent for the NFL combine. His 2012 season left the coaching staff, and Gator fans, convinced that they'd have him back in 2013.

But if there's one thing sports have shown us through decades of unsuspecting heroes and zeroes, it's that the fate of a player - whether that's a bronze bust, a draft-day bust or somewhere in between - isn't truly known by anyone.

Injury, opportunity, coaching, character, desire are just a few ambiguous factors that can define a career. The measurables, like 40-yard dash times, can tell us how quickly a player can get to the ball but not how willing a player is to tackle once he gets there. As Florida head coach Will Muschamp has said since arriving in Gainesville, tackling is a matter of "want-to" and mentioned that as something the Gators struggled with in his first year. - Talal Elmasry, The Gainesville Sun

01/07/2013 - University of Florida junior linebacker Jelani Jenkins (Olney, Md.) announced on Monday that he has decided to forego his final year of eligibility with the Gators and declare for the 2013 NFL Draft. Jenkins played in 36 games at UF, including 31 starts, and totaled 182 tackles, 16.5 tackles-for-loss, 6.0 sacks and three interceptions.

"Jelani informed me that he wishes to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL," said Florida head coach Will Muschamp. "We wish him the best of luck and encourage him to return to Florida and complete his degree."

Hampered by injuries this season, Jenkins played in nine and made eight starts. He had 29 tackles with 5 tackles for a loss of 25 yards. He had a pair of sacks for 19 yards, two quarterback hurries and came through with a key interception in the second quarter during the 37-26 victory at No. 10 Florida State. Jenkins also returned a blocked punt 36 yards for a touchdown with :02 remaining to defeat Louisiana. - Florida football

12/18/2012 - Two Florida players - linebacker Jelani Jenkins and offensive lineman Ian Silberman - had surgery recently and will miss the Sugar Bowl game against Louisville, coach Will Muschamp said Monday. Jenkins, who had foot surgery, played in nine games this season and had 29 tackles, including five tackles for loss and two sacks. Silberman had shoulder surgery. He played in seven games, including two starts. - The Sports Xchange

11/27/2012 - University of Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins likely will miss the Gators' bowl game due to a broken right foot. Jenkins was hurt Saturday in the Gators' 37-26 win over Florida State, and he was due to undergo surgery Monday, according to coach Will Muschamp. "He probably will miss the bowl game. Not certain," Muschamp told reporters. "He should be fine. It's a four- to six-week recovery, and he'll be fine." Jenkins, a redshirt junior, has one interception and two sacks this season. According to the Florida Times-Union, Jenkins missed games against Tennessee and Kentucky after breaking a thumb, and he sat out against Vanderbilt due to a hamstring ailment.

True freshman Antonio Morrison is likely to continue filling in for Jenkins. Morrison forced a fumble from Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel on Saturday, leading to a fourth-quarter touchdown. The Gators (11-1) are awaiting the announcement of their bowl destination. With the winner of the SEC championship game, Alabama or Georgia, likely headed to the BCS national championship game, Florida could be ticketed for the Sugar Bowl. - The Sports Xchange

11/26/2012 - Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins will miss the Gators' bowl game after undergoing surgery on Monday to repair a broken bone in his right foot. The 6-foot, 237-pound redshirt junior suffered the injury during the second half of Florida's 37-26 victory over Florida State on Saturday. UF coach Will Muschamp said the recovery period is four to six weeks and that Jenkins would be fine for spring practice. Jenkins, who missed two games earlier this season because of a broken right thumb, has 29 tackles, two sacks, an interception and two quarterback hurries. Freshman Antonio Morrison, who hit FSU quarterback EJ Manuel and caused a fumble in the fourth quarter that sparked the Gators' 24-point rally, will start in Jenkins' place. - Michael DiRocco, GatorNation

11/12/2012 - WEEK 11 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMER: LB JELANI JENKINS (Florida) -- Returned blocked punt 36 yards for game-winning touchdown and had seven stops against Louisiana-Lafayette. - SEC football

11/10/2012 - Jelani Jenkins returned a blocked punt 36 yards for a touchdown with two seconds left as No. 6 Florida rallied from a late deficit to beat Louisiana-Lafayette 27-20 on Saturday. Loucheiz Purifoy blocked the punt of Louisiana's Brett Baer, the ball twisting in the wind and into the arms of Jenkins. It marked an amazing turnaround as the Gators (9-1) went from being down seven points to scoring 14 in a matter of seconds, avoiding perhaps the biggest upset of the season in college football. It was Florida's fourth blocked kick of the game and the second week in a row Purifoy got one. Trailing 20-13 with 2:56 left and starting quarterback Jeff Driskel in the locker room with an ankle injury, Florida went 49 yards to tie the game. - The Sports Xchange

10/04/2012 - Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins is expected to play Saturday against No. 4 LSU after missing the last two games. Jenkins broke his right thumb Sept. 8 at Texas A&M and missed games against Tennessee and Kentucky. Coach Will Muschamp says Jenkins has practiced in a non-contact jersey this week, but should be cleared for full contact later in the week. Muschamp says Jenkins will ''be able to play in all situations. ... If he can play, he can play. And that means he can play on first-and-10, he can play on third down. As we move forward, that's the way I would see it.'' Jenkins, a fourth-year junior, was third on the team with 75 tackles last season. - AP Sports

09/11/2012 - Florida's comeback victory at Texas A&M might have been the biggest one yet of Will Muschamp's young Gator tenure. But Muschamp confirmed Monday the victory had come at a price. The second-year Florida coach announced that junior linebacker Jelani Jenkins, the Gators' third-leading tackler in 2011 and a potential All-SEC candidate, will miss up to four weeks with a broken thumb suffered against the Aggies. Per the Orlando Sentinel, Muschamp said that Jenkins had surgery Monday, but could potentially return sooner if he's cleared to play with a cast. Florida travels to Knoxville to play fellow 2-0 starter Tennessee on Saturday. Jenkins was replaced in the lineup against A&M by true freshman Antonio Morrison, who collected six tackles. The Bolingbrook, Ill., native was considered a four-star recruit and one of the nation's top linebacking prospects in the class of 2012. Despite those accolades and Morrison's bright start against the Aggies, Muschamp will want Jenkins back as quickly as possible. With 23 starts and more than 150 tackles to his name after arriving at Florida as the nation's No. 1 linebacker recruit, Jenkins represents both the Gators' most experienced linebacker and arguably its most talented. The injury news for the Gators isn't all bad. Muschamp also announced that after the groin strain that hampered him at times vs. Texas A&M, running back Mike Gillislee "will be fine this weekend." Given the huge jolt Gillislee has given the Gator offense the first two week, the news about Gillislee is as good for Muschamp as the Jenkins injury is bad. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

09/10/2012 - No. 18 Florida will be without linebacker Jelani Jenkins and cornerback Cody Riggs at No. 23 Tennessee on Saturday. Jenkins had surgery on his right thumb Monday. He injured it in the first series at Texas A&M and spent much of the game in a cast and sling. Coach Will Muschamp says Antonio Morrison will start in Jenkins' place against the Volunteers. Muschamp says Jenkins could be out four weeks, but adds that he will know more following surgery. Riggs broke his right foot against the Aggies and could be sidelined four weeks. Riggs had been playing in nickel and dime situations. Jaylen Watkins will step in for him. Also, defensive end Ronald Powell had a setback while recovering from a knee injury and will miss the season. - AP Sports

08/10/2012 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: The Gators have a strong, experienced offensive line returning. Florida will need the line to establish the running games and protect young QBs Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel until they feel more comfortable with the offense. The defense was strong against the run early last season before slipping in run defense once it faced more physical teams in the SEC. Muschamp is hopeful new strength and conditioning coach Jeff Dillman's program will result in players more capable of withstanding all four quarters of a game. The Gators were outscored 72-22 in the fourth quarter in SEC games last season. The strength of Florida's defense as at linebacker, where seniors Jon Bostic and Jelani Jenkins should provide strong support against the run. - The Sports Xchange

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM (COACHES): ILB - Jelani Jenkins, Florida, ... Wrapping up the honorees is Jenkins, who finished third in tackles (75) and second in breakups (six) last season. Jenkins was a preseason third-team defensive selection a year ago. - Florida football

07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jelani Jenkins, LB, Florida, 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 played in 12 games at weakside linebacker in 2011 and finished the season third in tackles (75) and second in breakups (6). The junior from Olney, Md. is a second-team defense Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC honoree. - Florida football

07/18/2012 - 2012 BUTKUS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jelani Jenkins, Florida, has been selected to the Preseason Butkus Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the top linebacker in college football by the Butkus Foundation. Jenkins played in 12 games at weakside linebacker in 2011 and finished the season third in tackles (75) and second in breakups (6). The junior from Olney, Md. is a second-team defense Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC honoree. - Florida football