Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 4/104 - Jelani Jenkins, LB, 6-0, 243, Florida...Jenkins is an undersized but incredibly fast linebacker who can chase ball-carriers from sideline to sideline and excels in coverage, as well. His senior season was derailed by a broken bone in his right thumb, a pulled left hamstring and a broken bone in his right foot, but the Dolphins view him as an immediate special teams competitor and someone who can compete with Koa Misi for a starting linebacker job. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 4/104 - Jelani Jenkins, LB, 6-0, 243, Florida...Jenkins is an undersized but incredibly fast linebacker who can chase ball-carriers from sideline to sideline and excels in coverage, as well. His senior season was derailed by a broken bone in his right thumb, a pulled left hamstring and a broken bone in his right foot, but the Dolphins view him as an immediate special teams competitor and someone who can compete with Koa Misi for a starting linebacker job. - The Sports Xchange
03/13/13 - 2013 Florida Pro Day: The biggest news of the day may have been the workout turned in by junior outside linebacker Jelani Jenkins, who had not been able to participate at the combine due to his continued rehabilitation following the foot surgery which ended his 2012 season prematurely.
Jenkins measured in at 6-foot (5/8) and 237 pounds and timed between 4.65-4.69 seconds, according to the Senior Bowl. He also reportedly looked athletic in positional drills, which isn't surprising considering that his movement skills stand out on tape. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/13 - 2013 NFL Combine, Medical watch: Throughout his Florida career, Jelani Jenkins has been forced in and out of the starting lineup due to various injuries. This past season, it was a fractured thumb, broken bone in his right foot and several other bumps and bruises that kept him on the sidelines during several games. Jenkins is a talented athlete, but teams will have to be convinced he can stay on the field and off the trainer's table. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/18/13 - Of the Gator football team’s four juniors gone pro, outside linebacker Jelani Jenkins has received his fair share of criticism. And it’s warranted. Jenkins, who has hired an agent, missed four games (including the Sugar Bowl) due to thumb, hamstring and foot injuries. The last setback required surgery and may leave him less than 100 percent for the NFL combine. His 2012 season left the coaching staff, and Gator fans, convinced that they’d have him back in 2013.
But if there’s one thing sports have shown us through decades of unsuspecting heroes and zeroes, it’s that the fate of a player — whether that’s a bronze bust, a draft-day bust or somewhere in between — isn’t truly known by anyone.
Injury, opportunity, coaching, character, desire are just a few ambiguous factors that can define a career. The measurables, like 40-yard dash times, can tell us how quickly a player can get to the ball but not how willing a player is to tackle once he gets there. As Florida head coach Will Muschamp has said since arriving in Gainesville, tackling is a matter of “want-to” and mentioned that as something the Gators struggled with in his first year. - Talal Elmasry, The Gainesville Sun
01/07/13 - University of Florida junior linebacker Jelani Jenkins (Olney, Md.) announced on Monday that he has decided to forego his final year of eligibility with the Gators and declare for the 2013 NFL Draft. Jenkins played in 36 games at UF, including 31 starts, and totaled 182 tackles, 16.5 tackles-for-loss, 6.0 sacks and three interceptions.
“Jelani informed me that he wishes to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL,” said Florida head coach Will Muschamp. “We wish him the best of luck and encourage him to return to Florida and complete his degree.”
Hampered by injuries this season, Jenkins played in nine and made eight starts. He had 29 tackles with 5 tackles for a loss of 25 yards. He had a pair of sacks for 19 yards, two quarterback hurries and came through with a key interception in the second quarter during the 37-26 victory at No. 10 Florida State. Jenkins also returned a blocked punt 36 yards for a touchdown with :02 remaining to defeat Louisiana. - Florida football