The NY Jets are likely to target an offensive lineman or two relatively early in the 2021 NFL Draft and one player that’s reportedly been on their radar is Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins.
Per a report from Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline, the Jets are one of two teams (along with the Pittsburgh Steelers) who have shown “a lot of interest” in the talented young offensive lineman.
Jenkins put on a show at his pro day on Thursday recording a whopping 36 reps on the bench press and running a 5.01 in the 40-yard dash, despite measuring in at nearly 6-foot-6, 317 pounds.
It’s easy to see why the Jets are interested in Jenkins, and he could be a prime target with their second first-round pick at No. 23 overall.
Teven Jenkins would be an excellent fit with the NY Jets
Jenkins is one of the most fun offensive line prospects to watch in this class. He’s mean, he’s tough, and he made a habit out of tossing defenders around with ease at Oklahoma State.
The Kansas native was a three-year starter at Oklahoma State where he helped establish himself as one of the best offensive tackles in the nation.
Jenkins started the better part of three years at right tackle for the Cowboys earning first-team All-Big 12 honors in his senior season. He’s a little on the older side having just turned 23, but that comes with the territory given his extensive starting experience.
Jenkins is athletic for his size as evidenced by his 40 time which ranked in the 90th percentile. He possesses good lateral mobility which makes him an ideal fit in a zone-blocking scheme, much like the one run by new Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur.
On top of that, he might be pound-for-pound the strongest lineman in this class. Jenkins blocks with an attitude and his wide base makes him a stout pass-protector.
Perhaps the biggest concern with Jenkins to this point has been his lack of elite length. Many project him as more of a guard at the next level due to his short-ish arms which could hinder his ability to play outside at tackle.
That’s perfectly fine for the Jets who are desperately in need of a high-upside guard prospect in this year’s draft. Jenkins could start off at guard before eventually moving outside to replace George Fant at right tackle in the future.
Or, if the Jets like what they see from Jenkins at guard, they could always opt to keep him there. Either way, his blend of athleticism and raw power makes him a very intriguing target at pick No. 23.
The Steelers are also showing interest, according to Pauline, but the Jets notably pick one spot ahead of Pittsburgh who selects at 24th overall.
Could Teven Jenkins be the pick at No. 23? It certainly seems as though the Jets are considering it.