The NFL Draft 2013 Panther Prospects: DT Johnathan Jenkins

After my first post in the Panther Prospects series, which focused on Auburn Tight End Philip Lutzenkirchen, I stated that it would be fun to post my ideas for possible late round draft picks for the Carolina Panthers. I can’t help thinking about the possible early draft picks for the Carolina Panthers.

Johnathan Jenkins is more than likely a second or third round draft pick in this year’s NFL draft. His stock in the 2013 NFL Draft has gone down drastically since the NFL Combine. Players like Missouri’s Sheldon Richardson have definitely over shadowed Jenkins since the Combine; a player who many suspect will take the Panthers fourteenth pick in this year’s draft. Jenkins would be a steal if he was still around after the first round, a big body with a ton of potential as a future Panther.

The Panthers need depth at the Defensive Tackle position, plain and simple. Sione Fua, Nate Chandler, Colin Cole, and Frank Kearse make up the Defensive Tackle unit, excluding “Big” Dwan Edwards, and those players are just not cutting it. If the Panthers pick up Richardson in the first round of the NFL draft he would more than likely move into the starting position, along with Edwards. Along that train of thought, I also predict that maybe one if not more of those Defensive Tackles will be axed by the beginning of the new season. So more depth at the position would become a necessity if some of those backups are out by the first game.

Dec 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron (10) is sacked by Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman John Jenkins (6) during the second quarter in the 2012 SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Jenkins would be a huge bolster to the Panthers defense if we pick him up in the draft. Though his stock has gone down after a poor performance at the 2013 NFL Combine, with his omissions in six of the eight events held at the Combine, and his not so stellar time in the 40 meter dash (5.21 seconds), although his bench press was decent (30 reps). He is still a huge body that would fit fantastically into Ron Rivera’s play scheme for the Defensive Line.

Jenkins stands 6-4, weighing in at 346 pounds, an extremely beefy boy. He would fill the spot left by Ron Edwards beautifully, who, like Jenkins, was there to take up space and place extreme pressure on the opposing Offensive Line. I do realize that it would be a move that would not be well respected by most of the Panther fans out there if they presumably take Sheldon Richardson in the first round, but it was just a thought I had that I am sure many of you readers out there would find interesting. Please leave your thought s in the comments below, I would love to hear them.

Topics: Carolina Panthers, Johnathan Jenkins, Sheldon Richardson

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