Route Running – Jennings’ role in the offense changed between his junior and senior year, as he was asked to stretch the field more in 2018. Jennings showed excellent traits as a deep target, evidenced by his strong yards per catch rate. Vertical cuts are seamless, though he can struggle a bit more with horizontal breaks. Will occasionally need extra steps in order to motor down, and his over-the-middle routes falter as a result. However, there is a lot to like about Jenning’s technique in how he uses his hands to shed contact, use head fakes and set up defensive backs in his stem. Overall, his route running is one of his strengths.
Athleticism/Speed – Jennings is another smooth athlete who has flexibility in his hips. With a solid size and fluidity combination, he’ll easily hold up at the next level. I’m not convinced that he has elite athleticism, which could eventually limit his vertical game against NFL defensive backs. The NFL Scouting Combine should prove that he’s above average in this area.
Hands/Ball Skills – Jennings isn’t going to drop many passes, but his ball skills are only average. Rarely will he extend fully back towards the ball, and can rely on his body to make receptions at times. Has soft hands when he uses them to catch the ball, but there isn’t quite that “pluck and tuck” technique that you hope to see. Will occasionally put his hands out to the catch point a second early, tipping off the defensive back. Though his ball skills can be inconsistent, his tracking is a strength and he can make some ridiculous acrobatic catches as a result.
Ball Carrier – Jennings isn’t a player who will make a ton of defenders miss, but he has flexibility and contact balance. In space, this helps him as defenders really need to finish their tackles to get Jennings down. There isn’t whiten game-breaking ability after the catch, even when he was put in spots to produce in that area. However, Jennings is more than passable for the next level because of his balance.
Stalk Blocking – Jennings has a nice frame for a blocker, but he wasn’t asked to do it very often at West Virginia. When stalk blocking, there are moments of passiveness. However, he’s a successful blocker in limited reps, as his shiftiness and flexibility allow him to mirror and match defensive backs with ease. Could use more juice behind his blocks to drive defensive backs, as he can sometimes just accepts being in a good position.
Versatility – Jennings returned 34 punts and 7 kickoffs in college, though he was mostly unsuccessful. As a receiver, however, his versatility is evident. Jennings can align anywhere, produce in different roles and win in all areas of the field. While his route tree wasn’t exactly that complex, he’s shown the traits to be successful as a deep threat, which is likely how an NFL team will use him.
BEST TRAIT – Vertical Route Running
WORST TRAIT – Ball Skills
RED FLAGS – None
After a productive career at West Virginia, Jennings projects well as a role player on an NFL offense. With his combination of size and athleticism, he will be a player that sticks on a depth chart. Jennings responded well when he was heavily targeted as a junior, and easily transitioned into a new role as a primary deep threat as a senior. This versatility bodes well for his NFL projection, as he could fill multiple roles and pick up new tasks easily. Jennings was a late addition to the Senior Bowl.