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*** [RD 2] Bengals Select ~ KRIS JENKINS, DT ***

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What CBS Sports said after the pick ...

Kris Jenkins DL, MICH

Height: 6-3, Weight: 305

Case for the best run defender in the class at DT. Minimal pass-rush ability because of average-ish burst. Strong, block-shedding ability. High-floor without much upside but exactly what Cincinnati needs on the defense. (Chris Trapasso)

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Kris Jenkins

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Prospect Info

Olney, MD
6’ 3’’
299 lbs
9 3/8’’


Possesses rare pedigree with a college football national title under his belt and a father who was a four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle. Jenkins has a smaller frame for his position, but he plays with good strength in one-on-one power swaps. He can neutralize single blocks but has trouble fighting back to muddy his gap against double-teams. His motor stays engaged. He’s frequently running down ball-carriers and chasing quarterbacks by the end of the play. Jenkins flashes more rush talent than his sack production would indicate, but he still needs to work on developing more go-to moves to pair with his spin counter. Jenkins isn’t a natural two-gapper, but he can play upfield or read-and-react football on the next level as an eventual starter capable of creating disruptions.


  • NFL bloodlines; Jenkins’ father, Kris, was a four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle.
  • Excelled in playoff matchups against lines from Alabama and Washington.
  • Consistently first in with hands, playing the block before the block plays him.
  • Hustle and quickness to close running lanes two gaps away.
  • Holds ground against single blocks and can tackle what is in his gap.
  • Relentless pass-rusher energy, utilizing active hands/feet to find openings.
  • Possesses legitimate spin counter to bolster his rush plan as a pro.
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