Originally posted by Garcia:
Our FO likes PRODUCTIVE college players. Hill came from GT which ran the ball majority of the time, wishbone offense. He wasnt that productive over his career.
AJ Jenkins on the other hand has been productive throughout his college career and in his senior year had 90 catches, 8TDs and over 50% of his teams passing offense.
combine that with route running ability and separation they liked AJ better than Hill, even though hill is theorothetically bigger and faster,
Solid points. I'll add the other side
"In the last six games, he averaged only six catches per game and caught one total touchdown.
Between the disappointing end to his (and Illinois') season and a lack of ideal size, Jenkins' draft stock was never exceedingly high (NFL.com says he has "fifth-round value" and manages to make even that sound optimistic).
Jenkins himself didn't even expect it, according to The Washington Post. He was reportedly in the bathroom when a family member told him that his phone was ringing.
Via the Post:
'I sprinted because I didn't know if they were joking or not because during the middle of the draft my cousin had called my phone, but he was playing with me. I thought it was another joke and it's just crazy.'
Jenkins wasn't sure whether he spoke to Coach Jim Harbaugh or General Manager Trent Baalke.
He does not excel at beating press coverage, and a cornerback can easily disrupt his timing by getting in his face at the snap.
Give Jenkins a free release, though, and he can use his speed to get behind defenses.
Jenkins' adjustment skills are above average, which is good news if Alex Smith continues to display uneven accuracy. Jenkins isn't afraid to lay out for a pass or take a big hit after the catch, though he's not really physically cut out to work the middle in the NFL.
His route-running isn't especially good, but he's not sloppy either.
Jenkins' speed is especially a benefit on drag routes, as he can simply use his sub-4.4 speed to outrun his man to the far side, where hopefully the other receivers have run off any other defenders.
Despite this, he's not really a "circus catch" type of wideout on deep passes—though that may have as much to do with accuracy issues on the part of Illinois QBs Nathan Scheelhaase and Riley O'Toole as anything else.
IMO. Ceiling #3. For a contender, he is a #4. Basically Jacoby Jones
[ Edited by KEGster on Mar 1, 2013 at 11:49 PM ]