A.J. Jenkins

A.J. Jenkins shows up to rookie camp out of shape

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t waste any time welcoming his rookies to the NFL.

According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, Jenkins was one of a number of rookies who Harbaugh called out for being out of shape at rookie training camp this afternoon.

While the first day of practice shouldn’t raise any huge red flags, it’s something to keep an eye on. Jenkins had a number of run-ins with Ron Zook throughout his career, who didn’t always enjoy Jenkins’ attitude off the field. Harbaugh’s a no-nonsense coach, so it’s not difficult to imagine him clashing with Jenkins at some point this season.

On a positive note, undrafted free agent receiver Chris Owusu, who played for Harbaugh at Stanford, was reportedly impressive in his first day at camp.

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Draft Losers: San Francisco 49ers

When you’re as close to a Super Bowl berth as the San Francisco 49ers were in 2011, you need to add some impact players in the draft to push you over the top. Unfortunately, the 49ers failed to add a single starter, instead settling for developmental prospects who will do little to help in 2012.

A.J. Jenkins was a reach in the late 1st-round and will take time to develop. His speed may be an asset in certain situations, but he’ll be competing with veterans Randy Moss and Ted Ginn Jr. just to get on the field.

LaMichael James was another luxury pick who will have to fight just to get on the field. He may be nothing more than a return specialist early in his career, an area which was not a need in San Francisco.

Overall, this was a disappointing draft class for a team that had an opportunity to solidify a few holes in an effort to make another deep playoff run in 2012.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft, 49ers 5 Comments

San Francisco 49ers select A.J. Jenkins, Grade C+

The San Francisco 49ers obviously needed to add a receiver in this draft, but there was no need to reach for A.J. Jenkins here. When you’re this close to Super Bowl contention, it just doesn’t make sense to add a guy like Jenkins this early who needs time to develop.

I do think Jenkins can develop into a quality starter, but there were better options. How about adding a guy like Cordy Glenn, who can start from day one and improve the offensive line?

If they were dead set on adding a receiver, I would have gone with Stephen Hill. While he’s also raw, I think he can be a better deep threat than Jenkins, which is an aspect of his game which immediately translates to the NFL.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft, 49ers Comments Off

A.J. Jenkins scouting report

A.J. Jenkins WR Illinois #8
Ht: 6’0″Wt: 190  
Strengths:
Impressive straight-line speed; can stretch the field at the next level. Fairly reliable hands; does a nice job catching away from his body and bringing it in. Impressive leaping ability; much better going up in traffic than you’d expect considering his size and build. Shows excellent body control along the sidelines. Efficient route runner; quick in his breaks and looks very fluid overall. Has the athleticism to make some acrobatic catches.
Weaknesses:
Needs to do a better job tracking the ball in the air; doesn’t always put himself in the best position to make plays. Not very physical; can get knocked off his route by more physical corners. A bit of a one-year wonder; didn’t really emerge as a playmaker until senior year. has struggled with drops in the past, but was more consistent as a senior. Clashed with Ron Zook at times; Zook didn’t like Jenkins tendency to showboat on the field – definitely raises some concerns about a “diva” complex.
Comments:
Jenkins lacks the prototypical size of a No. 1 receiver, but he does all the little things well to make up for his physical deficiencies. The key to Jenkins’ development will be his consistency. He made major strides his senior year, but his lapses in focus in the past will cause teams to worry about him as a one-year wonder who was simply motivated by an NFL contract. He is definitely a boom-or-bust prospect, but has the foundation to be an instant-impact player in the right system.
Videos:
2011 vs Northwestern
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 1 Comment