Originally posted by 12b6demurrer:
We have some size at receiver already. Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree (not a giant, but he has a great vertical), Vernon Davis (although not much of a leaper). If this kid turns out to be Mike Wallace, then why not? Wallace had a 4.33 40, Jenkins with a 4.37, same size/weight.
If he's like Mike Wallace... why don't we just trade for Wallace and try to negotiate a realistic contract?
Because Wallace wanted a Fitz like contract, and he likely wouldn't of budged much on it. He isn't signing his RFA tender until time for him to do so.
Watched Illinois football the last two years, thanks to my best friend being a former Illini. Jenkins is a good receiver...not great. Has the wheels though and can stretch the field. Not much of a blocker and dropped passes between the hash marks. Not 1st round talent and probably a 2/3 receiver at this level. But great stats last year at Illinois. Could have got him cheaper and later in the draft. Joins a now crowded receiving staff. We'll see if he creates much impact this year. Kind of a surprise pick but hope he can contribute.
The challenge when evaluating a receiver's separation skills is to sift through potentially deceptive variables, including his supporting cast and offensive system, and the types of defensive coverage and level of competition he faces. While there's no exact formula, the two most critical ingredients are suddenness and savvy as they pertain to route-running. Can a receiver get open, or is he forced to make contested catches due to his inability to separate?
Top in class
1. Kendall Wright, Baylor 2. A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
T3. Keshawn Martin, Michigan State
T3. T.Y. Hilton, FIU
T3. Jarius Wright, Arkansas
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