By: Hussam Patel
Teven Jenkins has experience playing all over the line at Oklahoma State. Most of his experience comes at right tackle, but he’s also played right guard and left tackle. Jenkins is a monster at 6’6, 320 pounds; a top-heavy blocker in an Air Raid offense built for the today’s NFL.
At the college level, Jenkins is super-dominant and far above normal. He’s very consistent in his physicality, throwing defenders around like Hulk smashed Loki in the first Avengers movie. The power shows up in run blocking, as it’s easy for him to get to the second level, but more prominent in pass protection and horizontal pass sets. I would put Jenkins as a guard early on in his career; he can be like former All-Pro Marshal Yanda. However, in the NFL where teams pass more, he can be a starter at right tackle as a rookie.
In the passing game, Jenkins always strikes first, controls defenders, and moves them out of their position. In the run game, he’s able to move flawlessly because of his technique and footwork. He may not have the athleticism and range to move laterally, but he moves vertically based on the Cowboys’ scheme. He holds down his blocks and humiliates his opponents to the end of the whistle.
The Oklahoma State product relies a lot on his big body. Even though it’s jaw-dropping, at times his lack of athleticism can show up against speedier edge defenders, as he’s unable to get his hands on them. He isn’t able to hold them down early, and takes time to circle back to them, leading to minimal gains in the run game or pressures and sacks on his QB.
I would put Jenkins at guard only if he was drafted to a team running a pro-style offense. The concerns may be overblown; it’s about scheme fit and improved technique to be a right tackle in a pro-style offense. I don’t believe he will have an issue in an Air Raid style, vertical offense. He’s able to move well for his size, and is gritty at the line of scrimmage.
In summary, Teven Jenkins will be a quality pickup for any team.