College: Ohio State
Birthday: June 18, 1982
Strengths: If you gave a quarterback the chance to design his dream receiver, chances are it would look something like Michael Jenkins. Tall, able to jump out of the stadium, big hands, fast enough to get open, and fearless enough to make a catch in traffic. Even when he looks covered, he’s not really covered a lot of the time.
Several of the clutch plays that were the difference between Ohio State having a very good season and an undefeated national championship year belong to Jenkins. In the fourth quarter against Wisconsin, Jenkins pulled down a 45-yard reception between two defenders to set up Ohio State’s game-winning touchdown. Against Purdue a few weeks later, Jenkins’ 36-yard touchdown catch on fourth down with 1:36 left in the game gave the Buckeyes a 10-6 lead. In the Fiesta Bowl with the national title on the line, Jenkins pulled in a catch for a 17-yard gain on fourth and 14 to keep an overtime drive alive.
Areas for Concern: Jenkins is a wideout whom opponents respect, but not one they fear. While he is capable of making game-changing plays, he has yet to emerge as a dominant player capable of taking over games.
Jenkins will occasionally commit errors due to lack of concentration. For example, twice in the Fiesta Bowl he failed to keep his feet inbounds after making sideline catches. The lanky Jenkins also needs to add some bulk to his long frame in order to better absorb the pounding that he will take at the next level.
How Would He Look in Steel Blue? Jenkins would be the tallest member of the Texan wide receiver corps, and his ability to make plays in pressure situations would be most welcome in an offense that so often has found itself in third-and-long situations. Jenkins would make an excellent complement to Andre Johnson.
(profile written by Warren DeLuca)
Michael Jenkins’ 2002 Stats G CTH YDS AVG TD 14 61 1,076 17.6 6 Michael Jenkins Return to The War Room
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