Julian Jenkins   DE/DT   Stanford

 

Strengths

Julian has good size, strength and quickness for his position.  Of all the DEís in this draft, he might be the best against the run.  He has played more than one position on the D-line and has played them all very well.  He does his job and is not concerned with who receives the credit.  At the DE position this year, he improved from the first time I saw him and got better as the year went on.  He uses his hands very well and is relentless in pursuit.  He is going to be a hell of a player at the next level.

 

Needs to Improve

Julian might not be quick enough to be a DE in a 4-3 defense and might be better suited to impact in a 3-4 as a DE.  Personally, I would not worry about it.  I would draft him anyway because he will never stop trying to be a better player than he is right now and with his talent, you have no worries when drafting him. 

 

Talent Board Round   2

Julian reminds me a lot of a player who played for the Buffalo Bills by the name of Phil Hanson.  He was a DE in a 3-4 defense on the strong side that did all the dirty work.  Whenever you needed Phil to step up his game, he came through.  Julian is that same type of player with the same type of talent.  He is a hard worker and in the right defense, he is going to impact at the next level and become a core player for the team that drafts him.  He plays with maturity beyond his years and as soon as he gets a little more muscle and bulk, he should be a hell of a player.  Julian is a sleeper in this draft because he played more than one position and right now, for the NFL, looks to be a tweener, but I donít see that.  What I see is a kid that puts his team first and his stats last.  Julian and Babatunde are two players that because of their "team first" attitudes are being downgraded in this draft as far as Iím concerned.  I guess we will all have to wait to see if I am right.
by Drew Boylhart

THR

April 2006