Originally posted by dj43:
It didn't hurt that Jenkins was also the best route runner of the bunch - something that was totally lacking in the 2011 49ers team.
As Baalke and Harbaugh have said on many occasions; "the guy is a football player." We have seen a lot of combine warriors that have flopped while the "football players" met expectations. Jenkins may not have a HOF career but he showed on film that he was more game ready than the other guys. So while some of those "other" guys may turn out to be better players in the long term, some others will never rise above where they are now. Jenkins needs only size/strength to match up with some of the "glamour" picks. For that reason, I predict Jenkins will have a much better first season than the majority of the other picks, even those taken ahead of him.
I can see Jenkins working into the lineup as the 3rd down "Blitz Beater" slot WR. With Crabs, Davis, and Mario drawing seam/deep coverage, Jenkins should have lots of room open underneath. Especially if James is substituted in behind the line.
Either guy can break a big play if they get the ball in space.