ATHENS - John Jenkins hasn't begun his senior year yet, but the Georgia nose tackle is on the radar for the NFL draft. Perhaps very high.
Phil Savage, who ran the scouting system for the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns, is now the executive director of the Senior Bowl. Savage posted this analysis of Jenkins, the Georgia senior who is listed at 351 pounds.
"Overall, he will be of high interest to the 3-4 teams, but the 4-3 clubs cannot discount him as a DT because he does have enough AA (athletic ability) and body quickness to potentially be a disruptive force," Savage wrote. "If he will continue to improve, he certainly has a chance to be drafted higher than Cody (who went #57 to the Ravens), because he has a better looking body and more pass rush potential in the future."
Meanwhile, Jenkins is currently rated as the fifth overall draft-eligible prospect by ESPN. Three other Bulldogs (linebacker Jarvis Jones, safety Shawn Williams and inside linebacker Alec Ogletree) were rated in the top 23.
Told that Jenkins rated No. 5 overall, Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham didn't sound surprised.
"I can see that," said Grantham, a former defensive coordinator and line coach in the NFL. "I evaluated defensive linemen in pro football for 11 years, and I know what first-round picks look like, and I know what they can be. I think for him to get to where he wants to be and for that to be true, he's obviously going to continue to have to work hard this year. But I can tell you that he's a really good player in my mind, and he can achieve a lot of goals he set out for himself this year."
Jenkins started seven games for Georgia last year after transferring in from junior college. He finished with three sacks and 28 tackles.