2017 NFL Draft

Jelani Jenkins, ILB

School: Florida  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Olney, MD
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 243 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
Career Notes
Appeared in 36 games, including 31 starts, and recorded 182 tackles, 109 solo and 16.5 for loss, 6.0 sacks, seven pass breakups, three interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery...Three year letter-winner for the Gators...Declared for the 2013 NFL Draft.
2012 Season
2012 Butkus Award Preseason Watch List...Coaches' Preseason All-SEC Third Team...Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List...2012 Phil Steele Preseason Second-Team Defense...2012 Athlon Preseason Second-Team Defense...Selected to the 2010 SEC All-Freshman Team...Named Fourth-Team All-SEC in Phil Steele's 2010 Postseason Awards...Also earned a place on the 2010 SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Started the first two games of the year at the Will linebacker position before injuring his thumb, forcing him to miss three of the next four games...Returned full strength against South Carolina and started six more games...Despite only playing in nine games, Jenkins still finished ninth on the team in tackles (29), 19 were unassisted...Pulled down 5.0 tackles for loss on the year, 2.0 were sacks on the quarterback, good for a tie of fifth on the team... Recorded a season-high seven tackles against Louisiana, all unassisted, and was a team-high...Pulled in one interception against Florida State and returned it 14 yards...Tallied seven tackles, tying his season-high, against Missouri, which included four solo stops and one sack for 11 yards...Finished the year with two quarterback hurries, one against Missouri and one against Jacksonville State...Also, returned a blocked punt 36 yards for touchdown with :02 remaining to defeat Louisiana.

2011 Season
Started 12 games at weakside linebacker, missing the Vanderbilt game due to injury...Finished the season third on the team in tackles (75) and second in breakups (6), adding 6.0 TFL (37 yards), 2.0 sacks (20 yards), three QB hurries, a forced fumble and a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown...Phil Steele's Preseason All-SEC Second Team (LB)...Athlon Sports Preseason All-SEC Second Team (LB)...SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC Third Team (LB)...Butkus Award Watch List (LB)...Led the team in tackles three times (FAU, Alabama, Florida State)...Recorded four tackles against Ohio State in the Gator Bowl...Tied his career high with a team-leading 11 tackles against Florida State, notching 2.0 tackles for a team-season-best loss of 21 yards including an 11-yard sack...Recorded 10 tackles against Furman, forced a fumble, and returned his first interception of the season 75 yards for a touchdown...Had four tackles and a pass breakup at South Carolina...Notched five tackles, one for a 2-yard loss, against Georgia...Registered seven tackles at Auburn, with a 2-yard TFL and a pass breakup...Recorded eight tackles at LSU...Notched a team-best nine tackles, one TFL, against Alabama...Had four tackles at Kentucky...Registered six tackles, including a 9-yard sack, a two pass breakups against Tennessee...Recorded two tackles and a pass breakup against UAB...Led the team with five tackles and added a pass breakup in the season opener against FAU.
2010 Season
Appeared in all 13 games, starting 11 (all but Tennessee and Alabama) at middle or weakside linebacker...Selected to the Freshman All-SEC Team...Named Fourth Team All-SEC in Phil Steele's Postseason Awards...Also earned a place on the 2010 SEC Academic Honor Roll...His 76 tackles on the season ranked second on UF's defense and was the most among SEC freshmen and 21st overall in the SEC...His 51 tackles in SEC games ranked second on the Gators...Had at least six tackles in eight of Florida's 13 games and at least eight tackles four times...Started six games at weakside linebacker and five games at middle linebacker...Credited with three tackles and a TFL vs. Penn State in the 2011 Outback Bowl...Paced the Gators at Florida State with nine tackles...Came up with four tackles in the victory over Appalachian State...Recorded a career-high 11 tackles and added one sack and two TFL vs. South Carolina which marked the first double-digit tackle game of his career...Graded out a Champion at Vanderbilt as he led the Gators with eight tackles...Graded out as a Champion for his play vs. Georgia...Had four tackles (three solo) vs. Georgia and recorded the first pass break-up of his career, along with scooping up an Aaron Murray fumble and returning it 10 yards to set up Florida's second touchdown of the game...Tipped pass by UGA's Aaron Murray in overtime that was picked off by Will Hill...Made two tackles vs. Mississippi State...Registered six tackles and his first career interception which he returned 47 yards vs. LSU...Collected six tackles and added a quarterback hurry at Alabama...Set a then career-high with eight tackles, including a TFL, vs. Kentucky and graded out as a Champion...Earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors for his performance against Tennessee and graded out as a Champion...Had six tackles at Tennessee and recorded his first career sack, which was initially ruled a safety until overturned by instant replay...Collected six tackles vs. USF...Notched three tackles in the season opener vs. Miami University, when he made his first career start at weakside linebacker.
2009 Season
Dressed for all 14 games for the Gators, seeing action vs. Charleston Southern and Kentucky...Notched two tackles, including one for a loss, in his collegiate debut against Charleston Southern...Named to the SEC Freshmen Academic Honor Roll in Spring 2010.
High School
Earned first-team Washington-Post All-Met honors and was first-team all-state in Maryland...Played in the Under Armour All-America Game...Highest-rated outside linebacker by Rivals.com and the 10th-best player overall...Selected as a first-team 2008 EA Sports All-American...Named the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year in both 2007 and 2008...Rushed for 22 touchdowns on 87 carries during his senior season and made 70 tackles on defense...First player in the 71-year history of the District's Pigskin Club to earn both Defensive Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors...Traveled to Los Angeles as one of five national finalists for the Watkins Award, awarded annually to the "Premiere African-American Male Scholar Athlete"...Registered 60 tackles, four sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and recovered two fumbles as a junior on defense...Rushed for 791 yards and 16 touchdowns that season...A standout sprinter in track, he has recorded a 4.4 40-yard dash...Chose Florida over Notre Dame, Penn State, USC and Stanford...Coached by Bob Milloy.

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