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 Post subject: FSU star defender Brandon Jenkins out for year
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:59 am 
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This is a huge blow for FSU, and I'm not sure what Jenkins status for the 2013 is going to be. But he was one of the higher rated players I had going into this year, with a solid late 1st round grade from me. FSU has other playmakers on their D-line, but Jenkins was by far the best pass rusher in the ACC.

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Star FSU defender Jenkins out for the season

The Seminoles will have to deal without a projected NFL first-rounder the rest of the fall.
Dave Miller
September 03, 2012, 09:10 PM EST



Florida State's season of high expectations took a serious hit this evening with Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com reporting that star defensive end Brandon Jenkins will miss the rest of the 2012 season due to a left foot injury.

The senior and two-time All-ACC selection was injured in the first half of the Seminoles' season-opening 69-3 win over Murray State on Saturday.

Jenkins could redshirt this season and return to Tallahassee in 2013, but many NFL draft experts believe that he will be a first-round selection in April's draft.

The 6-3, 260-pounder has recorded 21.5 sacks over the past two seasons for the 'Noles. The only saving grace for Jimbo Fisher's squad is that the team has ridiculous depth across the defensive line.

Fellow end Bjoern Werner had four sacks in the opener, while junior-college transfer Tank Carradine finished the game with nine tackles and a sack. Redshirt freshman Giorgio Newberry and true freshman Mario Edwards will also contribute this fall. While Fisher announced today that he wanted to redshirt Edwards, it's tough to imagine that occuring now because he was arguably the best player nationally in the Class of 2012.

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 Post subject: Brandon Jenkins Headed to NFL
PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:13 pm 
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Seminoles' Jenkins Heading to NFL

By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com
November 20, 2012 8:07 am ET

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Jenkins leaving Seminoles early for the NFL (US Presswire)

Florida State senior pass rusher Brandon Jenkins is electing to head directly to the NFL rather than petition the NCAA for a medical redshirt so that he could return to the Seminoles in 2013.

Jenkins (pictured above) was injured in Florida State's opening game of the 2012 season, a 69-3 win over Murray State. Medical tests performed in the days following the season opener confirmed that Jenkins had suffered a Lisfranc injury to his left foot. Before suffering the injury Jenkins registered three tackles, including a sack. As the photo above graphically demonstrates (note the first two fingers of his right hand), Jenkins also deflected a pass against the Racers.

While there is no denying that by enjoying a healthy, productive 2013 campaign Jenkins could have potentially boosted his stock, he'd already demonstrated natural pass rushing talents in two All-ACC seasons with the Seminoles and therefore scouts have plenty of quality tape from which to evaluate him.

Jenkins signed with Florida State as a highly regarded prep. After serving as a backup as a freshman, he exploded in 2010, finishing third in the country with 13.5 sacks as part of his 21.5 tackles for loss. With opponents focusing more attention on him a season later, Jenkins' production slipped slightly (12 tackles for loss, eight sacks) though he still led the team in both categories. After wearing jersey number 49 throughout the first three years of his collegiate career, Jenkins made the switch to No. 4 in 2012 and looked poised to have a spectacular campaign. He was recognized with the Hinesman Award at the conclusion of spring practices, an honor bestowed upon the Seminoles' best player each spring.

While used as a defensive end for Florida State, Jenkins looks smaller on tape than his listed 6-3, 260 pounds. His best asset -- a lightning quick first step -- could make him a valuable pass rush specialist in the 4-3 as the league continues to shift towards the passing game. Jenkins was not often asked to drop back into coverage with the Seminoles and thus, while his size and athleticism appear to make him a fit as a 3-4 rush linebacker, scouts will certainly want to test his flexibility and range during pre-draft workouts.

Fortunately, Jenkins is expected to be healed in time to participate at the Scouting Combine and/or his Pro Day. Like with any player coming off of a season-ending injury, Jenkins' medical grade will ultimately dictate his final draft position. He is currently rated as the No. 8 outside linebacker prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, with a second- to third-round grade.

Jenkins' speed off the edge could make him a highly valuable commodity on draft day, though he may actually wind up being the third Florida State defensive lineman selected. Junior Bjoern Werner is also thought to be strongly considering making an early jump to the NFL. He's a more well-rounded prospect than Jenkins, showcasing not only the ability to pressure the quarterback but good instincts and physicality against the run, as well.

As a clear demonstration of Florida State's depth, Jenkins' backup, senior Cornellius "Tank" Carradine is also viewed as a likely top 50 prospect. Like his two teammates, Carradine is also very quick off the snap. Of the three, Carradine's high-revving motor is his most distinguishing trait. He pursues laterally and downfield with passion, as evidenced by his team-leading 69 tackles, including 11.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks (which also leads the team). Jenkins leaves FSU with 22.5 career sacks.

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