The New Orleans Saints coaching staff was in love with Georgia prospect John Jenkins leading up to the 2013 NFL draft and that showed when the team made him the pick in the mid rounds.
Jenkins dominated as the anchor of a defensive front in the SEC that utilized a 3-4 scheme similar to the one Rob Ryan is implementing with the Saints as we speak. It truly was a match made in heaven.
There is boatloads of potential just waiting to be tapped into with Jenkins, but defensive line coach Bill Johnson makes it sound as if Jenkins has a long way to go (per Mike Gegenheimer of NOLA.com):
“First thing you do with a young guy like that is to teach him to be a pro,” Johnson said. “Then the next thing you teach him is to stay with the basics from a fundamental standpoint, to make sure he gets into a good football position and learns to play with pad level at this point.”
Later in the report Johnson goes on to state that Jenkins could have a big impact as an interior pass-rusher.
New Orleans better pray he can.
There is no bigger disrupting force in the NFL than an effective pass rush from the interior of a defensive line. It’s one thing for a quarterback to evade a rush created by defensive ends as he can just step up in the pocket. It’s a whole new ball game when a tackle collapses the pocket because more often than not the quarterback will end up being driven into the arms of the ends.
Jenkins provided a solid pass rush during his time at Georgia. If he can replicate those same traits at the NFL level with the Saints, New Orleans could end up having one of the more effective all around units in the league.