2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Teven Jenkinsby Alex Barbour March 2, 2021 4 comments
Mauler alert! Teven Jenkins is a PFF sweetheart that knows how to show highlight reel pancake blocks. Play after play, he puts on a show for those watching. Jenkins expects to hear his name called in the first 30 picks, but is he worth the hype? Let’s find out.
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Name: Teven Jenkins
Position: Offensive Tackle
School: Oklahoma State
Class: RS Senior
Weight: 320 lbs
Run Blocking (9.0/10)
Jenkins brings it in the run game. His greatest asset is his immense strength which he uses to his greatest capabilities here. When his hands are on a player, Jenkins will demolish defenders. Beware: he does tend to hold; however, most of the time, his strength is enough to win the rep. As long as his speed is accounted for, Jenkins will be an asset in a power-run scheme. Note two things: one, this scale uses 5.0 as average, 10.0 as greatest of all time; two, Jenkins does randomly block nobody on some plays. It does not appear to be a red flag, but it is something to consider.
Pass Blocking (6.5/10)
This category is a weakness for Jenkins. He is either hit or miss depending on the rusher. To sum it up, Jenkins is slow (really slow). This will be talked about further later, but speed finesse rushers will have a field day on him. He overcompensates on their rush trajectory, leaving a hole for a counter move. Jenkins can combat this if he moves to guard. Another way to maximize his potential is to put Jenkins with a non-mobile pocket system or quarterback. This will allow him to use his strength and negate his (lack of) speed best.
There are essentially zero reps where Jenkins does not get to make the first contact. He does have great patience. Factoring in his patience, Jenkins demonstrates his ridiculous length (or awareness of it). The obvious fact is that he is 6’6.
Down goes Jenkins. He has a very wide base (which is solid for anchoring but not moving). Jenkins then has to have clunky long-distance strides, which (described before) opens up for him to be taken advantage of inside. The heavy steps on his drop combined with how slow he is, provide a recipe for disaster at tackle. It is heavily advised that Jenkins should take his insane skills to guard.
Jenkins usually has solid hand placement. Given his height, he does tend to have his hands quite high. Hopefully, this will not become a problem at the next level. Next, Jenkins tends to hold players because they can get around him easily. If his hands are not in the proper place, he overcompensates with strength. This is very dangerous in a flag-heavy league. The bottom line is that Jenkins needs to be more consistent on his hand placement; however, he demonstrates the ability to have good usage of his hands.
Jenkins is off and on with this one. He will deal with power rushers (and less athletic ones) easily. When Jenkins does not need to deal with speed rushers, he can focus on blitz packages well. The problem lies when he is faced with a speed rusher. Jenkins tends to miscalculate their speed often. He seems to know this, which shows when he does not feel blitzes: he is too focused on not being beat by the edge. This has happened to Jenkins a plethora of times.
Jenkins is like a German Tiger tank. He is slow (very slow). He has no burst; however, he has ungodly strength. One hit from his cannon arms (yes, pun intended and his opponent will be out for the fight. The problem is that speedier tanks (or in football terms, edge rushers) can easily flank him or cause him to overcompensate. This leads to his ultimate destruction. When used properly, Jenkins, the Tiger Tank, will be a force to be feared by opposing players.
Power at the Point of Attack (9.75/10)
Quenton Nelson is the only one to have more strike power than Jenkins. He is a pancake machine. Jenkins has unruly strength at the point of attack that throws defenders off their angles. Even when a defender gets past Jenkins, he can push them far off course. This may be why he has not let up many sacks thus far.
Positional Versatility (5.0/10)
Jenkins belongs in a power-run scheme only. His skills fit perfectly with pounding the rock. Jenkins has been a tackle for his entire career, but he fits best as a guard at the next level. This versatility could boost his stock.
Competitive Toughness (4.5/5)
On most plays, Jenkins fights his heart out. On some plays, he ends up walking around or giving up, but these are not commonplace.
Jenkins got injured twice during this season but did not during the previous two years.
Jenkins lives up to his highlight tape, but not as much as he needs to. As long as he slides in to guard (and Rashawn Slater does not), he will be the best guard in the class. Yes, he will be better in the right scheme than Alijah Vera-Tucker. With his immense power, Jenkins will be an extreme asset in the run game. As long as another bookend tackle can deal with the speed rush, Jenkins will become an elite lineman in the NFL. So long as he is placed on the interior of the offensive line, he will be a superstar.
Final Grade (68.25/100): Top 30
Player Comp: Rodger Saffold