Brandon Jenkins has had plenty of time to think about his future rehabbing from a broken foot early in the 2012 season, and it appears he’s come to a decision. Instead of taking a medical redshirt, the star defensive end from Florida State has decided to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
“I think it’s time,” Jenkins said. “It’s been great, and I love FSU. I bleed garnet and gold. It was a tough decision, but I feel like my time has been good but I will enter the draft.”
Prior to his Lisfranc injury, Jenkins was considered one of the best players at his position in the draft. He still very well may be, but now his stock will definitely be a little bit lower due to the injury. His production certainly has caught the eye of NFL scouts and NFL Draft analysts with 22.5 sacks in his Florida State career.
Jenkins says that the earlier injury wasn’t ideal, but he definitely wouldn’t have wanted to get hurt late in the season.
“I wouldn’t prefer getting hurt, but I prefer it happening the first game than the last game,” Jenkins said. “It’s a lot of time to heal and get back right before all those things.”
The star defensive end should be able to participate in the Scouting Combine and other offseason festivities to help boost his draft stock. Unless his injuries are so bad that they will get worse over time, Jenkins will certainly be selected within the first three or four rounds.