Next up in the Unpacking a Future Packers countdown is Teven Jenkins. The Oklahoma State offensive tackle checks in at number 19 in the countdown.
The Green Bay Packers had one of the best offensive lines in the NFL last season. That group took a hit when starting center Corey Linsley signed with the Los Angeles Chargers in free agency.
Following Linsley’s departure, there could be some shuffling to that group. Where will the versatile Elgton Jenkins start the season? Will the former Mississippi State product start the year at left guard or center? It’s even possible he starts the season at left tackle if David Bakhtiari isn’t ready to go.
Will Billy Turner play guard or tackle to start the year? Does Jon Runyan start at right guard? Where will Lucas Patrick line up? Long story short, there are a lot of moving pieces with Green Bay’s offensive line.
It’s unclear what the starting five will look like for the Packers when the 2021 season rolls around. Add in the fact that the Packers’ depth at offensive tackle is lacking, it would not be shocking to see Green Bay take an offensive lineman in the first three rounds.
A player that the Packers could target in the first round is Oklahoma State’s Teven Jenkins. There is a strong chance that Jenkins could get snatched up before the Packers are on the clock with the 29th pick.
Brian Gutekunst has traded up in the first round each year he’s been the Packers general manager. He’s not afraid to move up to go get the prospect he covets. Would he trade up to get one of the best offensive linemen in the draft?
Jenkins started 35 games for Oklahoma State. He spent time at left and right tackle and started two games at right guard. He projects best at right tackle and has the versatility to kick inside to guard.
At Oklahoma State’s pro day, Jenkins put up 36 reps on the bench. He clocked a 10-yard split of 1.75 and had a 40 time of 5.01.
“Tough, physical, nasty mother fucker,” Jenkins on what an NFL team is getting in him. “I’m going to bust my ass.”
Jenkins is the best run-blocking offensive tackle in this class. He might be the best-run blocker in this class, period. He throws around defensive lineman and linebackers like rag dolls.
Jenkins doesn’t want to just beat the man in front of him. He wants to embarrass them. He drives defenders into the ground with his powerful frame. Jenkins easily climbs to the second level and is able to pile drive linebackers.
The three-year starter plays with a mean streak. It’s a little reminiscent of how Quenton Nelson just bullied defenders as a run-blocker at Notre Dame.
“I had a talk with my offensive line and strength coach. I had to be a mother fucker on the field,” Jenkins said. “Be a dickhead. Be more aggressive than I ever was…I took that personally…I’d say it’s a big part of who I am…I think I’m the best finisher in this class.”
The work Jenkins does as a run blocker will overshadow how good he is in pass protection. His hands and feet stay in sync.
Jenkins has the quickness and fancy footwork to mirror pass-rushers. He has a boxer-like punch to knock edge rushers off balance. According to Pro Football Focus, Jenkins has given up zero sacks the past two seasons (623 pass protection reps).
The Athletic’s Dane Brugler pegged Jenkins as the fourth-best offensive tackle in this class. Here is what Brugler had to say about the Oklahoma State offensive lineman:
His versatility and intelligence allowed him to fill in at four offensive line positions in college (everywhere except center). He did not allow a sack as a junior or senior.
Jenkins ties up rushers early with outstanding body control and works hard to stay attached, then finishes with the kill shot while sending defenders into tomorrow once he gets the upper hand. With under 33-inch arms, he tends to lean into blocks and defaults to his power over technique, which creates occasional balance problems. Overall, Jenkins must improve his consistency, especially vs. arc speed, but he is competitive and uniquely powerful with light feet for his size. He compares favorably to Cam Robinson and projects as an NFL starter at tackle or guard.
Fit with the Packers
If Jenkins were to land in Green Bay he’d be a plug-and-play starter at right tackle or guard. He would bring a nastiness to one of the best offensive lines in football.
Can you imagine AJ Dillon running behind a steamroller like Jenkins? Could look with stopping that freight train.
With Aaron Rodgers nearing the end of his career. A priority for the Packers needs to be keeping the offensive line a strength. Adding a player like Jenkins would ensure that The Great Wall of Lambeau would remain the strength of the team while protecting the franchise.