Teven Jenkins 2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Today, we look at Oklahoma State’s Teven Jenkins. Jenkins is a physically imposing offensive tackle who is a genuine people mover on the line, but does he have the required technical skills and athleticism to sneak into day 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft? Check out Jenkins’ scouting report below to find out.
Teven Jenkins NFL Draft Profile
Teven Jenkins – OT, Oklahoma State
Height – 6’6”
Weight – 310lbs
Class – Redshirt Senior
Hometown – Topeka, Kansas
Jenkins was a 3-Star recruit in the 2016 recruiting class, coming out of Topeka High School in Kansas and chose Oklahoma State over Kansas State, Louisville, Missouri, and Nebraska.
A redshirt season in 2016 means Jenkins will be a slightly older prospect and will be 23 when drafted. Jenkins has been a starter these last four seasons for the Cowboys, mostly at right tackle but has spent time at both left tackle and right guard.
He has shown steady improvement year on year and after Honorable Mentions from Big-12 Coaches in the end of season awards in both 2018 & 2019, Jenkins was awarded a place on the First Team All-Big 12 team in 2020.
The exciting start he made to 2020 showcased his talents and pushed him up draft boards but his season was truncated when suffering a back injury against Oklahoma. He then decided to opt out for the remainder of the season to concentrate on preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Jenkins enters the draft with NFL level of play strength. He displays heavy hands and strong grip with seemingly effortless power, giving Jenkins the ability to displace defenders. Coupled with a desire to dominate and a nasty demeanour then there are plenty of examples of Jenkins driving defensive linemen off-screen.
Even early round prospects such as Texas’ Joseph Ossai felt the power that Jenkins can harness when sustaining blocks in the run game. Jenkins has made many a pancake block in his college career and I would expect to see even more throughout his pro career.
His power is also brought to bear in the passing game as his strong punch can nullify the defender and divert the course of the attack. His play strength also ensures he has an effective anchor in pass protection.
Jenkins prefers to jump set and get his hands on the defenders as quickly as he can and when working in short spaces, he can smother defensive ends into submission. He has also shown some recent improvement in counters in pass pro – Oklahoma’s Brynden Walker was forced to eat turf after initially winning control of Jenkins’ chest, a brutal snatch counter was quickly employed meaning the Sooner ended on his back with his rival astride him.
Jenkins is patient when asked to target defenders at the second level, perhaps aware of some athletic limitations with redirection and foot speed, to ensure an efficient approach to his target so that quick changes of direction are not required.
He plays with good control when faced with stunts and blitzes and rarely seems phased when passing off or picking up defenders. He also shows excellent instincts when peeling off combo blocks to the second level and engaging with linebackers.
Athleticism and foot speed may limit the schemes that Jenkins is suitable for at the NFL level. Vertical pass sets are either laboured or not attempted when facing defenders aligned outside of 5-tech and a jump set is not an option, instead a punch with the previously mentioned strong hands is thrown. This brings the risk of a missed attempt against edge defenders with burst or flexibility.
Joseph Ossai got his revenge for being dominated in the run game with a game winning sack in OT. Aligning as a 7-tech, Jenkins struggled to gain depth with his kickslide and Ossai’s rip move neutralised Jenkins’ punch on his way to sacking Spencer Sanders. This is a genuine concern for Jenkins at the next level as the examples of mirroring deep into a pass set are too uncommon and he is too quick to flip his hips and engage recovery mode.
Balance has also been an issue throughout his career. There are times when dropping into deeper pass sets, he can carry his weight over his heels with high pad level – a particular risk when late to fire his hands against the long arm move employed by edge rushers with length.
Ronnie Perkins had Jenkins falling over backwards on to the floor when he was able to fire into the tackle’s chest during the 2020 Bedlam game. These instances are rare admittedly but the technique on deeper pass sets will need refining when moving to the pro level.
There are also instances of over exuberance in run blocking as his feet and upper body are not in sync leading to over-extending and falling forward. Again, this is in a minority of cases and is something which Jenkins has shown improvement in.
Jenkins’ draft stock has risen throughout the 2020 season as he physically dominates at the line of scrimmage. He has demonstrated a level of power and strength which will give teams reassurance that he can translate his athletic gifts to the pros from day one.
There are some issues around his technique which will require some refinement, mostly around his balance, that could limit his potential to rise above being scheme specific but there have been some promising signs of improvement.
Independent hand usage and pass pro counters were starting to become more evident during his shortened 2020 season but were still not frequent enough for a player that struggled with late hands in vertical pass sets.
Early in his NFL career, Jenkins technical limitations could restrict him to a run-first gap/power scheme offense that allows him to play to his strengths. Asking him to vertical set on an island early is not advised as he has not shown that he is capable in college of handling such duties – and he might not ever reach the required athleticism to be elite in this area.
A transition to guard could be possible as his preference is to engage as quickly as possible and use his anchor. He excelled in close quarters, but the hand fighting and instinct to counter quicker to re-establish control could be an issue. I feel this could be more easily rectified than the athletic and technical shortcomings he could face at tackle.
Ultimately though, a team wanting a people mover on the line would be advised to scheme help for Jenkins at tackle and allow him to develop the necessary technique. If this fails, then a career on the interior could be the best bet for a long-term future in the NFL.
Teven Jenkins 2021 NFL Draft Projection
Round 2 Pick
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