A Peek into a Pro Football Scouting Report on New Packers OL Elgton Jenkins

Elgton Jenkins Scouting report from Scouting Services Inc.  Scouting Services Inc has worked with NFL teams for decades, supplementing their own scouting departments with additional reseasrch and evaluations on college prosects.

Elgton Jenkins Scouting report from Scouting Services Inc. 

NOTE: Scouting Services Inc has worked with NFL teams for decades, supplementing teams' own scouting departments with additional research and evaluations on college prosects. What follows is a "summary report - actual reports are often close to 100 pages long and only for NFL scouting departments to see.

 

TITLE: IF YOU KEEP THIS BULLDOG IN THE YARD, HE HAS SOME GOOD BITE TO HIM

Elgton Torrance "Big E" Jenkins, Jr. - #74

Mississippi State University Bulldogs

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Agility Tests...5.09 in the 40-yard dash…1.77 10-yard dash…2.97 20-yard dash…4.62 20-yard shuttle…7.77 three-cone drill…28-inch vertical jump…9'-01" broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 29 times…34-inch arm length…10 1/4-inch hands…83-inch wingspan.

Background...While not as sound technically like Garrett Bradbury or Erik McCoy, Jenkins adds a different element as a potential Day Two pick, as he's garnered experience at both tackle positions and left guard, in addition to handling center chores. A three-star recruit from Clarksdale High School, the Mississippi native decided to stay in-state when it came to making his college decision.

Jenkins was rated as the 15th best prospect in the state by 247Sports. The second-team Class 5A Mississippi Association of Coaches All-State choice was selected to play for the North Team as an offensive lineman in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Football Game following his final year. He also earned a place on the Mississippi High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Region 1-5A team.

As a senior, Jenkins played on both lines. He helped the Cougars to a 7-5 record in 2013, as the team advanced to the second round of the MHSAA 5A state playoffs. On the defensive side of the ball, he recorded nineteen tackles with a pair of sacks in 2014. Along with prep teammate, J.T. Gray, they were the first SEC prospects from Clarksdale since Charles Mitchell went to the NFL after four years at Mississippi State (safety was drafted by the Falcons in the sixth round of the 2012 draft).

Jenkins enrolled at Mississippi State in 2014, but the 265-pound blocker was red-shirted. He started three of the eleven games he appeared in (did not play vs. LSU and Missouri) during the 2016 schedule, playing left tackle with the first unit vs. Troy and Ole Miss before starting on the right side in the Arkansas clash. He saw action in 420 snaps during the regular season, allowing one sack and ten quarterback pressures on 258 pass plays to record an overall blocking consistency grade of 73.1.

In 2016, Jenkins played in twelve games, starting at left tackle the first three games of the year – South Alabama, South Carolina and LSU, and then moved to left guard, where he started at Ole Miss and in the St. Petersburg Bowl vs. Miami (Oh.). He ranked second in the Southeastern Conference in pass block efficiency with a 97.8 percentile. Through 514 snaps during the year, including a season-high 70 in a dominating performance vs. Texas A&M, he made 75 knockdowns, yielding just one sack, two quarterback hits and three pressures via 217 pass plays.

Jenkins moved to center full-time in 2017. He paved the way for a dominant rushing offense that ranked second in the SEC, racking up 251.7 yards per game, which was also 11th nationally. With 74 knockdowns to his credit, he was part of an offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks in the SEC and the fewest by an MSU team since 1988 (13). None of those sacks were charged to him on 370 pass plays, but he did give up eight pressures and had five false starts.

In his final season, Jenkins had his finest campaign. He was the recipient of the Kent Hull Trophy, awarded annually to the top offensive lineman in the state of Mississippi. He earned first-team All-American honors from The Athletic and fourth-team accolades from Phil Steele. He played 773 total snaps, including 369 in pass protection, and did not allow a sack through the first nine games of the season. He surrendered zero QB hits and only six total pressures while committing just one penalty.

Jenkins tied for the SEC lead in fewest total pressures allowed (6) among centers who played at least 200 pass-blocking snaps. He earned a pass-blocking grade of 80.0 or better in seven different games, including four times in SEC action. His overall grade of 74.1 was the third-best in the league among centers who played a minimum of 770 snaps. He also collected the second-highest PFF pass-blocking grade (84.8) in the conference among centers.

Jenkins finished as one of only four centers in the SEC who did not allow a QB hit over at least 350 snaps played in pass protection. He led an offensive line that helped the offense rank second in the SEC in both rushing yards per game (223.6) and yards per rush (5.7). He also helped pave the way for the offense to rush for 300 or more yards in an SEC-best four games.

The center closed out his career starting 34-of-49 games for the Bulldogs - 26 at center, five at left tackle, two at left guard and one at right tackle. He allowed only one sack over 762 pass-blocking snaps at center during his junior and senior seasons and is a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. He graduated from MSU in December 2018 with a degree in industrial technology.

 

The Scouting Report

Athletic Ability... Jenkins is a well-built athlete with impressive forward explosion and initial quickness, but appears a bit stiff in his hips, as he loses his burst when having to redirect. He is best playing along the line or on short pulls, as he might have good timed speed, but seems to labor when trying to get into the second level. He plays on his feet well and has the first step needed to chip and seal the linebackers shooting the gaps.

He has the upper body strength to neutralize the bull rush and good balance along with proper hand placement, as he is quick to recoil and reset his hands. He can adjust to movement at the line, but does not appear to have the suddenness to get out and make plays in space. He shows more explosive movement moving forward and needs to improve his lateral agility, one of the few weak areas in his game. Still, he plays with a wide base and will generally win one-on-one battles, thanks to his lower body strength.

Initial Quickness... Jenkins has above average initial quickness off the snap, but despite good timed speed for his position, he does labor running long distances and is not a great space player, as he appears too stiff in his hips to generate explosive lateral agility. He has the speed to make the reach and down blocks with effectiveness, but just adequate burst getting into the second level to stalk linebackers. His quick first step lets him get advantage with a defender over his head. He has the balance and leg drive to finish blocks.

Even with good shuttle figures at the Scouting Combine, film view shows that lateral agility is a weak area. He does not do a good job of moving side to side and even though he has experience at guard and tackle, he struggles quite a bit in his retreat and kick slide when taking on edge rushers. He plays with a low center of gravity, but his feet tend to die when he has to suddenly shift direction. He is obviously not a space player due to his marginal redirection skills.

Balance/Stays on His Feet…Jenkins has very good lower body strength to neutralize the bull rush. He plays with a low center of gravity and comes off the snap with a wider base than most centers. However, he needs to improve his hand usage, as he will expose his chest and with just adequate upper body strength, defenders have good success walking him back into the pocket when they get into his body. He has good foot balance for his position, but you would like to see him be more active with his upper body strength to better lock out and control. He does move his feet well moving forward to sustain. With his lower body balance, he can stay on his blocks, but is just an adequate finisher if he has to move laterally to make the play.

Explosion/Pop… Jenkins comes off the snap with good leg explosion in his initial step, but his acceleration falters when having to play in space. He latches on to his man adequately and needs to develop a stronger hand punch, but he will get up on a bull rusher quickly in the trenches. He plays with good lower body strength to hold ground at the point of attack, but until he develops more upper body strength and uses his hands more, he is more of a push-and-shove type than a classic mauler.

Run Blocking…Jenkins has a very good feel for taking angles. He comes off the snap low and with a wide base, doing a nice job of maintaining the rush lanes. He would be even more effective once he improves his upper body power. With his low stance, he has had good success leveraging, especially vs. the bull rush. He fires off the snap with good explosion, but must do a better job of getting his hands into the defender to control. With his balance and leg drive, he is able to root out and drive off bigger defensive tackles when he keeps his pads down, though. He is not the type that will get too high in his stance or chest-block. Even with his big hands, he prefers out-finessing his opponent, but you would like to see him roll his hips better.

Pass Blocking…Jenkins is a solid pass protector when battling in the trenches, but he gets caught up in the action at times and tries to do too much, failing to recognize plays breaking down in the backfield. He works well in combination with his guards playing in a phone booth, but looks sluggish when having to redirect. He has that above average lower body strength to effectively anchor vs. the bull rush and shows the vision and feet to react to twists and games.

He has good knee bend, but his flexibility is inconsistent, as he will bend at the waist when having to change direction. When he sets his wide base, he has the balance to generate decent pop on contact. He has the ability to play flat-footed, but must do a better job of extending his hands, as he is prone to short arming at times.

Pulling/Trapping Skills…On the short pulls and traps, Jenkins gets off the line adequately, but is not a space player due to lateral movement issues. He has good balance at the line of scrimmage and shows adequate upper body strength when widening the rush lanes. He does a nice job of playing on his feet, but must do a better job of shifting and adjusting his weight playing on the move.

Jenkins does not seem to have the explosive hip snap to stalk defenders into the second level. He does have a good concept for angling, but needs to get up on the linebacker quicker than he has shown. You just do not see the change of direction skills needed to wheel and cut off in the open.

Use of Hands/Punch...Jenkins needs to finish better with his hands. He has an adequate punch, lacking the upper body strength to shock and jolt. He is more of a push-and-shove type and has been walked back into the pocket at times when he leaves his chest exposed. He does keep his hands inside the frame, though, as he has the large, heavy hands to control, when he locks on securely. He can reset his hands quickly, but he needs to use them more to control and develop a stronger punch.

Reactions/Awareness...Jenkins makes all the line calls. He knows everyone’s assignments and has filled in capably when asked to perform at guard and tackle (lack of lateral agility does pose problems playing on the edge, as he struggles to redirect vs. the edge rush). He is a very intelligent and instinctive athlete and also excelled in the classroom

Jenkins needs to keep his head on a swivel in order to look for secondary targets after making his initial block. He has a good feel for the bull rush, staying low in his pads to root out the bigger defenders. He has a good concept for angling, but is a better battler in the trenches than when on the move. He needs to be more alert to plays breaking down in the backfield, but he has good balance and body control to anchor. He shows good ability to play flat-footed, but you would like to see him move better in space.

Compares To...Mason Cole-Arizona Cardinals...Like Cole, Jenkins has experience across the offensive line. He is a sound technician with good initial quickness and plays with a wide base, but is more of a trench battler than one who can operate in space. He has experience at every line position and has a keen knowledge for taking angles. He just needs to protect his body better from defenders, but for consistently average performances, he will deliver every game.

 

 

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Coldworld's picture

April 28, 2019 at 04:24 pm

Looks like there is a good base skill set but that there is untapped potential to be unlocked in the training room and technique coaching he will receive as a pro.

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Dzehren's picture

April 28, 2019 at 05:03 pm

The BIG E has arrived

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April 28, 2019 at 05:26 pm

I was greatly disappointed with this move because by not moving a few moves up we could have drafted our future RT and possible G for this season ,Risner. Instead we get a backup C or G who would've probably been there on day three. I thought the line was in need of a solid young swing man who could replace Martin if needed but more importantly fill in for the often injured Bulaga and gain experience before taking over the important right tackle position. Instead we are left with the maligned and under achieving Spriggs.

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April 28, 2019 at 05:42 pm

What did we have to trade up with?

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April 28, 2019 at 05:57 pm

Spriggs and a six pack of Summer Shanty , wait, better make it a case.

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April 28, 2019 at 06:35 pm

Peter .... you say a lot of things. -- Could you provide a few sources? (besides what's flying around in your head)

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April 28, 2019 at 07:50 pm

Fact- if he is a very good lineman why did he get moved to different positions. A good guard does not get moved.
Fact #2- as a Packer fan you have seen how poorly Spriggs has performed. Coupled with Bulaga's recent injury history would suggest that we needed a good backup RT.
Looks like you just got a crew cut.

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Coldworld's picture

April 28, 2019 at 08:04 pm

He moved when they had injuries and acquitted himself well under the circumstances leading them to use him where they needed help most from what I have read. That tends to contradict your assertion as to fact I believe.

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April 29, 2019 at 10:22 am

Good linemen do not get moved, reserves do. You'll be singing a different tune if he has to replace Bulaga.

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April 30, 2019 at 05:42 am

He gave up one sack all year. To Quinnen Williams at that. Bad lineman don't get moved anywhere but the bench genius. And good lineman can play multiple positions and excel at them like Jenkins did. He won't have to replace Bulaga because if your reading comprehension was up to snuff you would know they drafted him as a guard and backup center to Linsley. Jenkins was a dominant lineman in the SEC which is one of the top 2 conferences in the country. Whereas your hero Risner played at Kansas St. in the Big 12 against inferior talent by comparison. So I'm not understanding the Jenkins hate and Risner love thing.
Also just in case you missed it they already signed a backup Tackle by the name of Billy Turner. Paid him over 7 million per year. Yup sure did!

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April 28, 2019 at 05:49 pm

Won't do anything to replace Bulaga but it's nice to add a backup for Corey Linsley.

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April 28, 2019 at 06:09 pm

This report disagrees with Packers evaluation that he is well-suited to the outside zone blocking scheme. I don't think they drafted him to be a reserve center.

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April 28, 2019 at 06:09 pm

This report disagrees with Packers evaluation that he is well-suited to the outside zone blocking scheme. I don't think they drafted him to be a reserve center.

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April 28, 2019 at 06:13 pm

I had not heard that they saw him as a tackle, except perhaps as a depth option in emergency. The Packers said they see him as a guard from what I have seen, which would suggest inside blocking.

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April 28, 2019 at 06:33 pm

Even at the draft, they announced him as a guard.
He's emotional, nasty & mean. -- I like that.

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April 28, 2019 at 06:48 pm

It does sound good to have some attitude. It is also good to have a real back up at center. That has been something of an undiscussed liability recently.

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April 28, 2019 at 07:10 pm

I see the Big E replacing Lane Taylor in 2019. Taylor’s play has been sub par past 2 seasons. He is a declining player.
.youth movement & improved play at guard is happening this year with Turner & Big E.

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April 28, 2019 at 07:28 pm

He was pretty good in ‘17 but not in 18. Apparently hampered by injury. That said I like real competition for once at both guard spots and at least for backup tackles and center. In addition to being better when healthy, I have hope we can be decent even with a few dings which we know is going to happen. Certainly we should be less likely to have an entire side sub par this season.

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April 28, 2019 at 07:57 pm

Put it this way. Jenkins will not be bull rushed into Rodgers' lap. We cannot afford another major injury to the signal called. Turner, Jenkins, Madison and the OT from V Tech helps move some of the second tier guys from the lineup.

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April 28, 2019 at 08:06 pm

I’d add in Nico Siragusa to the guard competition.

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April 29, 2019 at 08:01 am

I was thinking the same thing. Outside ZBS doesn't seem to jive well with not playing well in space.

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April 28, 2019 at 07:13 pm

Without getting into the minutia I just hope Jenkins can provide an upgrade at either C or OG. if he can, then mission accomplished.

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April 28, 2019 at 10:57 pm

Maybe next year we find an OT. But this year we look much better at guard and backup center. He will be stressed in ZB but should do ok with coaching. He looks like Taylor’s replacement or good backup if there is injury inside.

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April 29, 2019 at 02:19 am

After reading the glowing Gary and Savage write-ups, this seems very critical. Are Gary and Savage that top-tier compared to Jenkins or is the writer of the reports evaluating O-linemen much more forward in expressing his views of prospects' shortcomings. I'd like to see a write-up of Risner or a first round lineman and maybe one of a 2nd round edge talent or safety. Anyone with an idea of how to find those?

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April 29, 2019 at 05:54 am

Surely to be expected given that the other two were projected as first rounders, one top 10 or 20 and the other as top player at his position?

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April 29, 2019 at 05:03 am

This was not the year to draft OL, QB, or WR. The strength of the draft was defense. Last year's offensive players drafted late would probably been drafted higher this year. There was a reason the pack picked 3 WR in the later rounds last year and none this year. Madison coming back was a real plus. You can't draft what isn't there. 5 defensive players was about right.

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April 29, 2019 at 07:14 am

I like him. That was a long and detailed report. I am sure that if you look at every prospect, they all have some questions or areas that could be better. Tony Mandarich had "no" holes, right?

Our O-line will be better this year. The returning roster is full prospects to improve the OG position. Our two starting OT's are top tier. Linsley is excellent at center. Many here are waiting for Bulaga to become injured again. With the chance he does not get hurt too early in the year, the Pack has time to see who improves & is ready to be the top OT back-up. It will be a battle royal to make the Packers 2019 roster this year. The man who can also play OT has an advantage to make the team. My hope is that Bulaga remains healthy, the young O-linemen develop, and we draft O-linemen as a priority in next year's draft.

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April 29, 2019 at 07:40 am

Playmakers would indicate a player from the skill side of the ball that either scores or makes a big play. It can also apply to oline guys as well. When you watch NE..they are able to make holes in the run game and pass protect for Brady. Want to know why the Cowboys are good...look at their oline. They are solid across the entire front. What we have had in Green Bay is a great QB, and a few outstanding Oline guys that make plays occasionally. They aren't consistent and hard to sustain drives.
Now, it can and should be different. UDFA guards will be replaced by solid players that can sustain drives and protect Rodgers. When you can do both, it makes it hard to defend especially with Rodgers. So is Jenkins a playmaker...I don't know, but he's big and tough and will make it hard for the team not to start him.

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