Jenkins is widely considered to be one of the best offensive line prospects in this year’s class. Primarily an offensive tackle in college, Jenkins also has experience playing guard and many teams believe that’s where he will be a better pro.
The Jets might very well be one of those teams.
uSTADIUM co-founder Nick Spano joined Scott Mason on the Play Like a Jet podcast to discuss the team’s free-agency period and what their plans might be for the draft. Jenkinks’ name evidently came up in the conversation.
The NY Jets are reportedly targeting Teven Jenkins
Spano revealed that Jenkins is the Jets’ No. 1 offensive line target in the 2021 NFL Draft and that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Jets traded up to draft him.
And if they do plan to make him a top priority, trading up might be their best option. The Jets pick again at No. 23 overall, but some expect Jenkins to be off the board by that time.
Some mock drafts have Jenkins going as high as 17th overall to the Las Vegas Raiders while others have him falling out of the first round entirely. It does seem, however, that one of his most frequent landing spots is the Jets at 23.
This isn’t the first time the Jets have been connected to Jenkins either as it was reported a couple of weeks ago by Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network that the Jets were showing “a lot of interest” in the former Oklahoma State star.
Jenkins started 35 of 44 games over his four-year career at Oklahoma State with 26 of those starts coming at right tackle. He’s one of the most powerful, violent blockers in this class with a mean streak that resembles that of Indianapolis Colts star Quenton Nelson.
There are some concerns about his lack of ideal length which have many projecting him as a guard in the NFL. That’s likely where the Jets would play him early in his career, either alongside Mekhi Becton replacing Alex Lewis or at right guard replacing Greg Van Roten.
But if the Jets feel comfortable moving him outside to tackle, Jenkins could be George Fant’s future replacement at right tackle as soon as 2022.
Jenkins is a talented and versatile offensive line prospect, and the Jets seem to be eyeing him in the first round.