Saints Draft

NFL Draft: New Orleans Saints Select Georgia DT John Jenkins in 3rd Round


September 1, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman John Jenkins (6) during the game against the Buffalo Bulls at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

With the 82nd pick in the NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints select defensive tackle John Jenkins from Georgia. To draft Jenkins, the Saints moved up in the third round. According to Larry Holder of, the Saints traded two fourth round picks (No. 106 and No. 109) to the Miami Dolphins to get Jenkins.

Also according to Holder, the Saints traded running back Chris Ivory to the New York Jets for a fourth round pick. Back to Jenkins, he is a huge run stuffing defensive tackle coming in at 6 foot 4 and 346 lbs. In his senior season at UGA, Jenkins started and played in all 13 games for the Bulldogs and made huge impacts on the field. He had 50 tackles, 10 quarterback pressures, and one sack. With the Saints playing a 3-4 defense this is a perfect fit for Jenkins because at UGA he played in the 3-4.

One thing that is good about Jenkins is that he is a run stuffing defensive tackle and will be playing nose tackle for New Orleans. Currently on the Saints depth chart at defensive tackle is Brodrick Bunkley and Akiem Hicks. Bunkley is a solid defensive tackle who was a former first round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles. Jenkins should get a lot of snaps this upcoming season with the Saints because he has the possibility to be better than Bunkley and Hicks.

According to, they compared Jenkins to Gabe Watson who is a big run stuffing defensive tackle himself.

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