Jarvis Jenkins   DT   Clemson

TALENT BOARD

 Round 1


 

STRENGTHS

Jarvis has the size, foot quickness and strength to be an impact defensive tackle in the NFL.  He reminds me of Vince Wilfork (DT Patriots) drafted in the 1st round of the 2004 draft.  He shows excellent effort on every play and has terrific mental stamina.  Jarvis has the speed to be used for stunts and takes on a double teams with effort and strength and still gets into the backfield to push or collapse the pocket.  He can play in any style defense and is a head up, wrap up, squeeze and drive tackler.  Jarvis is one of the better defensive tackles in this draft that understands how to use his hands to engage, shed a block and make a tackle. He is a load to handle in the middle of a defense and, on most downs, has to be accounted for and double teamed.  Jarvis, along with his partner DT Brandon Thompson, made running between the tackles very difficult against Clemson all year long. 

CONCERNS

Jarvis is a sleeper defensive player in this draft hiding in a big program alongside a suggested top ten pick in this draft.  Jarvis has done all the dirty work and others are reaping the rewards.  This happens to good defensive tackles often.  At times, he gets up too high and will be pushed off the line, but this is nit picking.  Jarvis could learn to use his hands better, but again I'm nit picking; this kid is very talented and a very hard worker.

   

BOTTOM LINE

Jarvis plays in a 4-3 defense right now, but he has the talent to play in any style of defense. He can be used in a 1-gap or 2-gap system and as a DE in a 3-4; you could even move him inside at a nose tackle.  Like I said, he reminds me a lot of Vince Wilfork.  Jarvis never stops playing.  He and Brandon are the reasons DaQuan Bowers was not double teamed and was allowed to become an impacting force.  Jarvis might not be drafted in the first round, but he has first round talent.  I call him Jarvis (The Joker) Jenkins because the joke will be on the teams who pass on him thinking they don't need a multi-talented defensive tackle.  I suspect that teams like the Bills, Jets, Colts, Steelers, Patriots, Packers, Bengals, 49er's, Panthers and just about any team in the NFL will be looking hard at drafting Jarvis in the first two rounds.   

 Drew Boylhart

Feb/2011