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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: OT Teven Jenkins

  • The Draft Network
  • December 29, 2020
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PROSPECT SUMMARY – TEVEN JENKINS

Playing in 37 career games (35 starts) at Oklahoma State, Teven Jenkins experienced time at right guard, left tackle, and right tackle. With a bulk of his experience coming at right tackle, he blossomed during his final two seasons. Playing in the first eight games of the season, he elected to opt out after suffering what was reported as lower back issues. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound fifth-year senior offensive tackle is a top-heavy blocker that has experienced success in the team's Air Raid offense. A quick setter that’s prone to take horizontal pass sets, he’s created a habit of establishing quick wins by striking his hands and controlling defenders. As a run blocker, he’s able to create considerable amounts of movement when able to gain momentum prior to engagement points. A well above average finisher, Jenkins is the type of offensive lineman that attempts to humiliate players in the opposite color jersey. The echo of the whistle doesn’t slow down his process and he continues on with his process until he wants to conclude. Jenkins' athleticism and lack of overall range may create questions about his potential at offensive tackle and there will be some teams who grade him as a guard as a result. Jenkins will have a strong chance of being the first offensive lineman drafted from the program since Russell Okung (2010). 

Ideal Role: Developmental offensive tackle that could eventually turn into a starter at tackle or guard.

Scheme Fit: Man/Gap/Power.

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Jordan Reid

Games watched: Tulsa (2020), Iowa State (2020), Kansas (2020), Kansas State (2020), Texas (2020), Oklahoma (2020)

Best Game Studied: Oklahoma (2020, prior to first-quarter injury), Kansas State (2020), Texas (2020)

Worst Game Studied: N/A

Balance: A borderline average athlete, Jenkins displays the ability to stay on his feet when initiating the blocking process. A lack of balance is exhibited when he becomes too aggressive, which leads to overeagerness on blocks. Loading up and putting his all into blocks leads to struggles with staying on his feet and failures to land his hands cleanly on targets.  

Pass Sets: Because of the uptempo Air Raid scheme that he played in, Jenkins is more of a horizontal setter than a true vertical one. Setting in more of a lateral fashion allows him to cut off pass rushers quickly instead of setting vertically to invite them up the field. The Cowboys' offense incorporated lots of quick rhythm throws, which didn’t require Jenkins to sustain blocks for long periods of time. The horizontal sets catered to his skill set considering that he does have some athletic limitations. 

Competitive Toughness: Jenkins is a bruiser in every way imaginable. As both a run blocker and pass protector, he seeks to put dents in defenders. The sound of the whistle doesn’t stop him from finishing and he constantly wants to humiliate assignments. His demeanor has led to holding penalties, but there are some that are acceptable simply because he was playing with too much aggressiveness. Jenkins is a prospect who will have to control his temperament in spots, but the endless levels of aggression are easy to fall in love with. His excitement with blocking through the whistle is the type of energy that’s contagious throughout an entire unit.

Lateral Mobility: Involved in lots of lateral moving principles, he proved to be an average executor. Jenkins isn’t a consistent explosive mover on outside zone or perimeter run concepts, but he has enough athleticism in his lower half to secure his area. A bit top-heavy, he moves in similar ways as he relies a lot on his upper dimensions to eventually outlast moves from the opposition.

Length: Possessing adequate length for the position, he’s often able to use it to his advantage. The talks of Jenkins possibly sliding inside are solely based on his athleticism. His arms and reach help him grip and control where he wants to take targets. He has the strength, range, and attitude to control blocks on the first and second levels depending on designed concepts.  

Football IQ: Jenkins’ best example of his football intelligence is within his patience on blocks. Frequently asked to play on different levels, he has little trouble with climbing to take on second-level defenders. Even when not knowing ball locations, he takes the approach of beating targets to spots and allowing them to come into his areas prior to initiating contact. Not possessing the consistent athleticism to stick and move with rangy targets, he takes a measured thought process of estimating where they are going to be and then attacking. Jenkins has also displayed that he’s aware of different alignments with defensive structures. Handling and passing off blitzes, twists/stunts are often seen throughout his career.

Hand Technique: Jenkins is a quick striker, as he repeatedly attempts to be the enforcer with his hands at the point of attack. Longer-armed defenders have had success with swatting his hands away and he transitions all of his weight forward into blocks, which results in him losing his balance and control. While having strong hands, his techniques outside of striking quickly will need to expand. Having answers with readjusting to winning positions will also need to be a point of emphasis.

Anchor Ability: Even though he possesses a top-heavy frame, Jenkins shows the ability to welcome and anchor targets that attempt to crowd his frame. It isn’t often that he’s attacked down the midline of his body because of his wide pass set techniques, but when defenders did take that approach, they failed to generate any backward movement against him.

Power at the P.O.A.: One of his better traits is how much natural body strength he contains. When able to gain momentum into blocks, he’s able to plow open lanes with ease. Securing down blocks prior to climbing to the second level is a frequent task for him and he’s able to positively satisfy those requirements. His power levels are also displayed as a pass protector as he contains high levels of grip strength that help him latch and control edge rushers. 

Versatility: Jenkins has gained experience at both tackle spots as well as right guard during his career with the Cowboys—an added incentive to his resume as there will be mixed opinions on if his long-term outlook is better as an offensive tackle or guard. With his success at right tackle, that is the position that he should be experimented with first, but if unsuccessful, there may be a possible transition for him inside. 

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: 83.38/100

Joe Marino: 86.50/100

Kyle Crabbs: 86.00/100

Jordan Reid: 86.00/100

Drae Harris: 75.00/100

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