2017 NFL Draft

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Jarvis Jenkins

| | College: Clemson
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With the late Gaines Adams, Phillip Merling and Dorell Scott drafted in the early rounds since 2007, the Tigers have developed into one of the nation's most consistent producers of NFL-caliber defensive linemen. The very large and very versatile Jenkins is expected to follow star junior Da'Qwan Bowers -- a likely top-five pick in 2011 -- in continuing the recent trend.

Jenkins showed flashes of potential early in his career, registering a sack against Florida State in his first career game and emerging as a quality backup in 2008 with 36 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and two sacks.

Starting all 14 games in 2009, however, Jenkins proved to be much more than just another part-time contributor. He led all Clemson defensive linemen with 69 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss and one sack. Despite offensive linemen focusing on him in 2010, Jenkins was again quite productive, registering 51 tackles, nine tackles for loss and another sack while starting 11 regular-season games to earn first-team All-ACC honors.

Jenkins' unique blend of size, strength and surprising athleticism makes him one of the most position and scheme-versatile defensive linemen in the draft. He won't excite fans with his ability to sack the quarterback, but can pressure the pocket, block kicks (Clemson's career leader with four) and hold up nicely against the run. Whether being scouted as a defensive tackle in the 4-3 or moved out to defensive end in the 3-4 alignment, Jenkins rates quietly rates among the more versatile defensive linemen in the 2011 draft.


Pass rush: Provides minimal pass rush despite good burst off the snap and impressive upper-body strength for the bull rush. Lacks the agility and extended quickness to collapse the pocket. Can apply pressure, but needs a clear lane to close. Only had two total sacks over the past two seasons. Has long arms, but doesn't always play with the awareness to affect passing lanes.

Run defense: Wide-bodied defensive tackle with very good upper- and lower-body strength. Moved between the two defensive tackle positions and is often asked to shade over the guard. Has a surprising initial burst off the snap. Explodes into the blocker. Buries his feet to anchor against single-team drive blocks. Shows very good strength to hold up at the point of attack, even flashing the ability to split double-teams. Stacks and sheds blockers with relative ease, but doesn't have the balance or lateral agility to consistently make plays outside of the tackle box. Willing to hustle laterally and even downfield, but tires quickly.

Explosion: Has a legitimate explosive burst off the snap rare for a man of his size. Can rock the offensive lineman back onto his heels with his burst and very good upper body strength. Flashes big hitting ability, though he typically needs to gather some momentum. Has four blocked kicks over his career, setting the Clemson all-time record.

Strength: Possesses very good upper- and lower-body strength to anchor and would be even tougher to move if he played with better pad level. Has a tendency to come off the snap a bit high, slowing his ability to disengage from blocks. Has the stout frame and strength to consider in a two-gap scheme.

Tackling: Typically a drag-down tackler; most of his stops came within closed quarters, and he therefore wasn't able to gain the momentum to launch into the ballcarrier. Flashes some explosiveness as a hitter when he's given room. Good strength to slip off blocks and latch on to the ball-carrier as they attempt to run by. Strong enough to pull down some runners with only one arm while being occupied by a blocker.

Intangibles: Improved as a senior, but can let his emotions and/or a lack of concentration get the better of him, drawing offsides, personal foul penalties for hitting after the whistle, and other unnecessary penalties. A three-sport star in high school, competing in basketball and track (shot put, discuss), as well as football. Chose Clemson over Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

--Rob Rang

Career Notes

Has 164 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, five sacks, 31 quarterback pressures, and four blocked placekicks in 1,566 snaps over 48 games (37 starts) in his career … a big reason Clemson has had a strong defense each of the last four years … three-year starter who has started each of the last 34 games he has played in; he missed the Presbyterian College game in 2010 with an injury, the only game he has missed the last three years … Clemson's career leader in blocked kicks … in his third year as a starting defensive tackle.

2010 Season

First-Team All-ACC defensive tackle … has 51 tackles, nine tackles for loss, a sack, 16 quarterback pressures, and two blocked placekicks in 495 snaps in 11 games (11 starts) … tied for second on the team in tackles for loss … had nine tackles, three tackles for loss, and a sack against North Texas … blocked an extra point against #16 Miami (FL) … had 10 tackles against Georgia Tech … had nine tackles at Boston College … had eight tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and a blocked field goal against #23 N.C. State; he earned team special teams player-of-the-game honors.

2009 Season

Jenkins was an honorable mention All-ACC selection as a defensive tackle in 2009. He had 69 tackles, tops on the team among defensive linemen, and he added 11 tackles for loss. Jenkins was a big reason Clemson ranked in the top 25 in the nation in seven different defensive categories last year, including total defense and scoring defense.

2008 Season

Ninth in the ACC in tackles for loss per game in league contests; he had nine in eight ACC games … had a team-tying-high 10 tackles for loss and two sacks … had 36 tackles (30 first hits) … 10th on the team in tackles … had a season-high six tackles in 37 snaps against #18 Boston College … had five tackles, two tackles for loss, and one sack against N.C. State … had five tackles and two tackles for loss apiece against Maryland and #21 Wake Forest … had two tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss at #24 Florida State … had four tackles and a sack against Duke and added three tackles at Virginia … blocked an extra-point attempt against N.C. State, the first by a Tiger since 1995.

2007 Season

Played as a first-year freshman in 2007, who will be a factor on the defensive front for years to come … played 100 snaps in 10 games as a reserve … missed the Virginia Tech, South Carolina, and Auburn games … had a sack in his first career game on national television against #19 Florida State; he played just three snaps in that game, but he had an impact … had two tackles in 23 snaps against Furman and two tackles in just six snaps at Georgia Tech … played 13 snaps and had a tackle in the win over Wake Forest … one of eight freshmen to play at least 100 snaps in 2007.

High School

Rated as the #27 defensive tackle in the nation and member of the Rivals 250 by Rivals.com … four-star prospect and #25 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com … All-American by PrepStar as a senior at D.W. Daniel High School … #10 prospect in South Carolina by Rivals.com … listed in the South Carolina Top 35 by SuperPrep; he was rated #12 … #9 player in the state by TigerIllustrated.com … #8 player in the state by CUTigers.com … recorded 79 tackles and four blocked kicks during his senior season … South Carolina Coaches Association Upperstate AAA Lineman-of-the-Year as a senior … Daily Journal/Messenger Player-of-the-Year as a senior … three-time Pickens Sentinel All-County selection … Shrine Bowl selection … Associated Press All-State selection during his senior season at D.W. Daniel High School … All-Western AAA selection as a senior … had 50 tackles and one recovered fumble during his junior season … three-time all-region pick … two-time all-region pick in basketball … all-region in the shot put and discus … comes to Clemson from the same high school that sent former Tiger All-American Kyle Young to Clemson … recruited by Offensive Line Coach Brad Scott … chose Clemson over Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.


Born Apr. 24, 1988.


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