Miami Dolphins Draft Jelani Jenkins

Jelani Jenkins became the fifth  former Gator football player selected in the 2013 NFL Draft when the Miami Dolphins selected him with the 104th pick overall.

Jenkins was a top high school prospect out of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Maryland. Jenkins was a two-time Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year and an All-American.

He spent his first season redshirting before becoming a regular starter at weakside linebacker. He was a first team Freshman All-SEC in 2010.

Jenkins got a huge red flag from a lot of NFL teams due to his injury history. Jenkins missed just one game in 2010-2011 but was sidelined for most of his junior season with various injuries, including the Sugar Bowl. Jenkins was unable to participate at the NFL combine and then ran a slower-than-expected 40-yard dash at Florida’s pro day.

Jenkins showed better speed on the field and in pads than he did at Florida’s pro day. In Jenkins the Dolphins are getting a prototypical 4-3 outside linebacker who can step in and play special teams right away and will compete for one of the two starting outside linebacker spots. Jenkins was the best cover-linebacker left in the draft and he might have been the best cover-linebacker in the entire draft.

Jenkins joins another former Gator football player, Mike Pouncey, in Miami. He is the 11th Gator selected by the Dolphins all-time and the first linebacker since Channing Crowder in 2005.


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A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC