Teams who like their offensive tackles strong and nasty will zero in on Teven Jenkins in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Jenkins steadily improved during this time at Oklahoma State, eventually making the most of his size, strength, athleticism and disposition to become one of the top left tackles in the nation. The total package he offers has many draft analysts projecting him as a first-round pick.
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Teven Jenkins Draft Profile
College: Oklahoma State
A tall, wide and athletic perimeter blocker, Jenkins improved steadily and eventually developed into one of the nation’s best blindside blockers. He plays with a nastiness you don’t always see in athletic tackles, with strong, heavy hands and the lower-body strength to latch on and drive pass rushers into the ground. In the run game, he wins at the point of attack and succeeds in re-setting the line of scrimmage, and he can get out and land blocks on more athletic defenders in space, whether it be on outside-zone runs or in the screen game.
His aggressiveness can get the best of him in pass protection. Jenkins looks to take the fight right to the opponent but can be beaten inside by a good counter move from someone quicker. He’ll have to become more sound with his technique and more consistent with his sets.
He has an exciting blend of physical traits, and his mean streak and functional strength should allow him to hold his own against NFL defenders from Day One. The question is whether he can become more polished and be trusted to handle pass rushers on an island, or whether help or scheme will become needed.
Final Grade: 2nd round
(Top photo courtesy of okstate.com)