A.J. Jenkins, Wide Receiver, Illinois 2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report

This is the official scouting report for Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins. For more scouting reports, be sure to check out our scouting report page here at NFL Mocks.


6’0″ 190 pounds

4.39 40 yard dash, 12 bench press reps, 38.5 inch vertical, 124 inch broad jump

Round projection: 2nd-4th

Scouting Report

Jenkins really broke out as a junior, especially in the later portion of the season. In four of Illinois’ final five games, Jenkins had a touchdown reception and finished the season with 56 catches for 746 yards and seven touchdowns. He also has some ability in the return game, as he had 22 returns for 490 yards and a touchdown as a true freshman, when he also added 11 receptions for 287 yards and three touchdowns. Jenkins was easily Illinois’ best receiver last year, with more than double the yardage total of Jarred Fayson, who had 355 yards. Here’s what his QB had to say about him:

“He’s a confident player, he loves the competition and is willing to go up against any DB in the country I promise you that, so that’s we like throwing to him,” Scheelhaase said of Jenkins.

Jenkins is a speedy, athletic receiver who should undoubtedly get looks from NFL teams, especially if he continues to improve off of his excellent play in 2010. And, indeed he has supplemented his excellent 2010 season with another nice season in 2011, though marred by inconsistencies.

The senior wide receiver showed excellent playmaking ability this season, but he hasn’t scored a touchdown since early October. He is solid after the catch but really needs to work on being more consistent. In that way, he really reminds me a lot of Brandon Lloyd coming out.

Projected round:

His ceiling is the third round, but he’s more likely to be drafted in the mid to late 4th round range.

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