Today we’ll take a look at a possible late-round selection along the defensive line: Jarvis Jenkins out of Clemson. As we’ve seen recently, the Giants are constantly looking to upgrade their front four; just look at the additions we’ve made over the past couple of years. No one is thrilled with what Rocky Bernard has done, and Barry Cofield may be gone via free agency, leaving Linval Joseph (who needs to be given a full opportunity still) and Chris Canty. While the Giants will lineup with three defensive ends often, and sometimes four, you certainly have to think they will try to supplement the defensive tackle position. So let’s take a look at what Jarvis Jenkins can bring to the table.


Jarvis Jenkins
Senior, DT
Clemson
6-4, 315

The first report we’ll look at comes from Mocking The Draft:

Pass rush: Jenkins is a one dimensional pass rusher where his only effective move is a bull rush. He is able to keep his pad level low and get his hands inside the offensive lineman and push him off the football. He doesn’t possesses the suddenness or quickness to slip past the blocker.

Pursuit: Limited lateral ability and overall quickness impact his ability to effectively pursue the football. Jenkins does have good awareness that allows him to identify the ball carrier but his lack of range limits his ability to make plays. If Jenkins has a shot at reaching a sideline run its due to his motor and ability to identify the ball carrier.

Quickness: What Jenkins lacks in quickness he makes up for in other areas of this game. He has a decent first step off the football but not enough to constantly gain position. Jenkins also has some good closing ability showing a decent 2nd gear. However, he does lack ideal quickness which limits his versatility.

Run defend: Recognizing the snap count and firing off the ball is an important part of defending the run; Jenkins possesses those skills. He shows a natural bend and a strong base. When he identifies the ball carrier, he takes balanced and coordinated steps which allows him to use his heavy hands to disengage. Jenkins has the ability to play two gap football and clog running lanes. He also has a disruptive element to his game by where he is able to push the offensive line back into the backfield.

Strength: Jenkins’ ability to sit into his stance and anchor through contact is a great testament of his strength. The ability to play two gap football is directly tied to a players strength. Jenkins has both a strong base and heavy hands which will allow him to anchor, control, and disengage.

Tackling: The ability and willingness to deliver a pop when making a tackle is something that Jenkins possess. He also does a nice job breaking down in the hole and remaining under control.

Technique: Overall, Jenkins has very solid technique which helps him remain consistent. He does a nice job of keeping his pad level low through the play and sitting into his stance. He takes short and balanced steps as he works his way to the ball carrier. However, I would like to see him work on being more consistent with his hand placement.

Final word: Jenkins is a nice looking prospect that has good strength and size. However, he appears to have limited versatility and likely would best fit the nose tackle spot in a 4-3 defense. Where he will be successful is by playing two gap football and keeping linebackers clean. I do like his ability to collapse the pocket and feel he possesses the overall skills to be successful in the NFL.

From the National Football Post:

A thickly built defensive lineman who possesses good height, but looks a lot heavier on tape than his numbers would indicate. Exhibits decent flexibility off the snap and a good first step for a guy his size. Is quickly able to get into opposing linemen in the pass game, but too often gets upright with his pad level. Routinely allows blockers to get under his frame and anchor initially. Doesn’t play with consistent leverage, which really takes away from his bull rush ability. Now, is still a strong guy and has the ability to push the pocket, but needs to learn to play lower into contact. Does possess some natural lateral suddenness and explosion, and displays the short-area quickness to gain a step laterally and fight his way off blocks. Exhibits a quick spin move as a counter and is a good athlete one-on-one. But, his ability to quickly close on the play is again hindered by his high pad level inside once he gains a step.

Displays a much better pad level off the snap and will sit lower into his stance when asked to play the run. Doesn’t do a great job extending his arms, but has the ability to win as the low man, pump his legs and consistently drive his opponent into the backfield. Is tough to move off the football, as he plays with much better leverage and has upper body strength to eventually fight off blocks inside. However, needs to do a better job using his length and hands initially into contact; too often waits until he is engaged and struggles to maintain balance and quickly shed once he puts himself around the football.

Impression: A thick, strong-bodied kid who possesses some natural athleticism as a pass rusher. Has some holes in his game and needs to learn to play with better leverage vs. the pass. But can anchor with consistency and has the ability to develop into a solid NFL defensive lineman if he works at it, either as a three- or five-technique.