by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of Michigan Athletics.
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Today’s Spotlight - Michigan, Defensive Tackle, Kris Jenkins
Name- Kris Jenkins
Pos- Defensive Tackle
HT/WT- 6’3” 305 lbs.
Home – Olney, MD
Kris Jenkins played prep football at Our Lady Good Counsel High School in Maryland. He was a three-star recruit and the 18th rated defensive lineman in the country. He was named Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. His father, Kris Jenkins was a second round draft pick and played 10 years in the NFL, earning 4 All-Pro selections.
As a freshman in 2020 Jenkins only appeared in one game on the defensive line to earn his first varsity letter. He played a lot more in the 2021 season, appearing in all 14 games and starting four of them at defensive tackle, collecting 22 tackles. Last season Jenkins became a huge part of the Wolverines defensive line. He started all 14 games at defensive tackle and led all defensive lineman in tackles with 54 and added 2 sacks.
Through his first three games of 2023, Jenkins has 8 tackles, 0.5 sacks, and 1 interception.
Jenkins plays with high effort and through the echo of the whistle. He is strong and does a good job of holding up offensive lineman looking to get to the second level. He explodes off the ball and is an excellent pass rusher who has a good combination of leg drive and upper body strength. He has powerful hands and excels at shedding blockers after initiating a powerful punch to the chest of offensive lineman.
Though Jenkins is quick off the snap, he lacks lateral speed and is more of a straight line player. He lacks closing speed when chasing quarterbacks during a pass rush and can get off balance at times when he is pass rushing, trying to play too upright and losing his power. At times when he disengages with a blocker he takes bad angles to the ball.
Veteran Kenny Clark was a first round draft pick in 2016 and is a good comparison of the player Kris Jenkins could become. Clark was known as a full throttle defensive lineman who has good straight line speed but struggled laterally. Jenkins has a chance to sneak into the latter part of the first round, like Clark did in 2016.
Non stop motor
Use of hands
Kris Jenkins is a 1st-2nd round pick who could possibly move into the top 15 with a dominating season for the Wolverines.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction - Round 1 or 2