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New York Giants 2012 NFL Draft Profile: Illinois WR A.J. Jenkins

Welcome to the next edition of the New York Giants 2012 NFL Draft profile series. Today we look at the final wide receiver in the series, IllinoisA.J. Jenkins.

With Mario Manningham having bolted for the west coast, the Giants enter this off season looking for a replacement. No one would be surprised if Jerry Reese stayed away from the position given the depth behind Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, but considering that depth is largely untested, no one would blame him for going after the position early in the draft.

With the success of the Giants the past several years to develop wide receivers, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a player like Jerrel Jernigan get a shot and take advantage of it.

However, one player that could be had in the middle rounds of the draft is Jenkins, who is a speedy wide receiver that could compete for the slot duties in the Giants offense.

He displays good instincts to beat zone coverages and turns up field with high level of acceleration. He is sharp with his cuts and showed improvement in route running from 2010 to 2011. He is not afraid to go across the middle and holds on to the ball well after tough hits.

Jenkins has a small body for a wide receiver, standing just above six feet and 190 lbs, but what he lacks in size he makes up for with his explosiveness. He jumped a 38.5 inch vertical, a 10’4” broad jump, and ran a 4.39 40 yard dash at the combine.

He could struggle in press coverage at the next level as he is one of the weaker wide receiver prospects, but lining up in the slot could alleviate those concerns. If drafted by the Giants, slot receiver would definitely be his role.

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