NAME: Elgton Jenkins
SCHOOL: Mississippi State
POSITION: Interior Offensive Lineman
JERSEY: No. 74
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 313 lbs
PROS: Listed size is ideal for the position, if he is in fact that big. Good wide base to anchor against power rushers. Hand placement is ideal, if an opponent works to his edge, gets a hand on the hip and runs the arc with them past the quarterback. Smooth mover with good body control.
Gets to the second level with ease and moves fluidly in space. Strong, leveraged hands in the run game. Works his hips into contact to get a good initial punch off the ball. Technical with his hand usage, finds leverage points to gain early control. Good mental processing to pick up stunts and twists up front.
Rarely blows assignments. Cerebrally, should impress coaches with his ability to recognize pressure and communicate at the pivot spot. Smart, well-spoken, considered the brain of the Mississippi State offensive line. Has played every position except right guard while in college.
CONS: Despite listed size, doesn’t play like he has overwhelming physical or athletic traits. Not explosive out of his stance and doesn’t attack opponents with an aggressiveness that threatens their run fit off the snap. Can struggle to reach quicker players in zone schemes due to slow feet. Not a finisher. Needs to show more aggression and leg drive to latch and stay on defenders, too often doesn’t sustain his blocks.
More aggressive players bring the fight to him, leading to too many 1v1 losses. Flashes of working to obtain optimal positioning and seal defenders off, but not consistent at all. The nastiness and passion coaches desire in their offensive linemen doesn’t seem to be there.
Pass rushers with great traits or a plan of attack can work him 1v1. Struggles to respond quickly to counters, seems a beat slow in his transitions. Lack of length can be an issue against long arms on the inside. Just think the deepest position group in the NFL (interior defensive line) will really challenge his lack of great traits and aggression.