All-22 Free Agent Profile: Malcolm Jenkins

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The one word that comes to mind with free agent safety Malcolm Jenkins is versatility.

And that was one of Chip Kelly’s main talking points during Year 1 with the Eagles. Last offseason, Kelly raved about Connor Barwin’s ability to perform a variety of tasks on defense. On the flip side, he stressed how tight ends like Zach Ertz could line up all over the formation and create mismatches.


So with the team in dire need of safety help, Jenkins is one of the mid-tier options to keep an eye on.

At 6-0, 204, the measurables fit for the 26-year-old Ohio State product. He was originally drafted as a cornerback in the first round in 2009 and ran a 4.54 that year at the combine. Jenkins has since made the switch to safety, but his ability to cover is still what he hangs his hat on.

Here he is in a Week 4 game against the Patriots. Jenkins is lined up across from slot receiver Julian Edelman, who is going to run a deep corner route.

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Jenkins does a fantastic job of sticking with him downfield, and Tom Brady has no shot of throwing the ball that way.

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Jenkins played more snaps in the slot than any other Saints defensive back last year, according to Pro Football Focus.

Again, with Jenkins, the key is versatility. Earlier in that same game, he set up as the deep middle safety.

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And in the playoff game against the Eagles, here's Jenkins setting up  next to the linebackers. Remember how Kelly liked to line DeSean Jackson up in the backfield and create mismatches? That's what he tried to do here.

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Jenkins wisely gives Jackson a bit of a cushion, but overall, the coverage is good and he's in position to break on the ball should Nick Foles throw the out.

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I could see Kelly liking Jenkins' skill set for a couple of reasons. Number one, if teams spread the Eagles out, he's capable of picking up an inside receiver or a tight end. The Eagles tried some of that with Patrick Chung last year, and it didn't work out so well. Jenkins is clearly a superior player.

And number two, Jenkins would give the team some roster flexibility. Last year, they didn't have much of a plan if Brandon Boykin had gone down. Jenkins is someone who would be able to step in and play nickel.

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On the other hand, the Eagles are looking for a safety first and foremost, not a nickel corner. And Jenkins has done little to distinguish himself in that respect. Playing downfield, he hasn't proven to be much of a ballhawk with six interceptions in six seasons. According to STATS, LLC, he had a total of eight passes defensed/intercepted in 2013. That ranked tied for 31st among safeties.

Jenkins played in the box 37.7 percent of the time on run snaps, per PFF (26th-most among the 63 safeties who played at least 50 percent of the snaps). But he wasn't much of a playmaker there, coming up with a stop just 2.6 percent of the time (56th out of 63 safeties).

In the games I watched, he seemed like an adequate tackler, but the numbers suggest otherwise. PFF had him down for 16 missed tackles, fifth-most among safeties. And he ranked 62nd out of 67 safeties in overall tackling efficiency.

In other words, his standout skill is lining up against slot receivers and tight ends. Jenkins also had some good moments getting after the quarterback as a blitzer. But in other areas (playing deep, defending the run), he hasn't stood out.

Still, given his age and measurables, Jenkins should see some interest if he hits the open market. Writes Mike Triplett of ESPN.com:

Jenkins is widely respected by coaches and teammates as a hard worker and film rat, who has been elected as a defensive captain each of the past two years.

By all accounts, those types of intangibles matter to Kelly and this personnel staff. Triplett suggests that something in the $3M/year range could price the Saints out of the market.

He's not the most exciting name, but if the Eagles are looking at their mid-tier options, Jenkins could get a look.

  • GEAGLE

    Get ready for Malcom Jenkins eagles fans. hits happening(don’t shoot the messenger).
    ..
    hopefully we draft someone who can take his spot in a year or two lol.
    Don’t see how we could do better then Deone Buchanon realistically..problem is him and my boy Marcus probably both go in round two!!!how the hell are we getting both?

    • Joe Thomas

      I was thinking the same. Definitly fits last years free agents signings profile.

      • GEAGLE

        At this point, I’m thinking the only way we don’t target him is Byrd!Ward, and Whitner or bathea(but I doubt we will add 29-30yr olds)…so if Byrd and Ward don’t hit the market, this is the most realistic target

    • cliff henny

      draft OBJ, Moncrief and Lyerla, put up 50 and safety gets alot easier to play.

      • GEAGLE

        That may be our best bet….I can’t believe after all this time having a giant hole at safety our best options are friggin Malcom Jenkins and a weak safety class. Friggn depressing.

        • myeaglescantwin

          Is there a clear cut “Best Coverage” safety in this draft.
          i know that Dixon is a true center field type safety, but is there a guy laying somewhere in the later rounds that is heads and shoulders above the rest?

          • Andy124

            I’ve heard Jimmy Ward referrenced that way, though that depends on your definition of “later round”. Mostly hear 3rd round on him.

          • GEAGLE

            I hear Ward as a 25-45 pick, who might end up being a CB

          • Andy124

            I’ve heard that too. I’ve heard lots of things though. I’ve heard that a singularity threaded with exotic matter with a negative energy density could be used to create a stable Einstein-Rosen Bridge, but scouting reports are changing all the time. :)

          • Rambler

            You fool! You will end up destroying the known universe if you do that to make a wormhole.

          • Andy124

            Nah, it’s not like I’m talking about crossing the streams or something.

          • GEAGLE

            I dunno man…it’s depressing. I gotta find a way to start avoiding safety discussions because it always manages to F my mode up….I honestly can’t even offer a prediction for wtf we are gonna do about it in the draft. The kid I want is Buchanon, he will get drafted in round 2. problem is I’m fixated on LBs Marcus Smith and KVN in round two, along with a bunch of talented WRs…

            We need two extra picks between rounds 2-4..without those extra picks, I dunno how we are going to fix this problem while getting a stud OLB and young blazing WRs

          • myeaglescantwin

            i feel the right team could give us a 3 or 4 for Graham.

          • GEAGLE

            I thought his contract was expiring but we have him under contract for two more years which is GREAT friggin NEWS!!! Now a team can trade for him and see him a year before they have to think of extending him which should make him easier to trade and more valuable, or we can see him for the first time two years in a row playing the same scheme, before we have to decide about extending him to keep him from becoming a free agent, if he surprises us.

            Either way this is glorious news for me. Don’t know why but I was convinced he was entering a contract year, which IMO made him less valuable in a trade

    • myeaglescantwin

      had me laughing and crying at the same time.

      • GEAGLE

        I mostly just cry over the situation…you are a better man then me for being able to laugh at it

    • cj

      I won’t be doing cartwheels with Jenkins, Mitchell, or Clemons by any stretch, but let’s face, any of those would walk in the door as our best safety, no question.

      That’s how bad the situation is. So, while I wouldn’t be thrilled with that, anything’s better than what we have now. If Byrd/Ward are franchised and not available by trade, we’ll have to wrap this thing in duct tape and hope for the best while the kids we’ve drafted in this coming draft and last develop. There’s really no other choice.

      • GEAGLE

        Sad

  • DEBO 215

    No.

    • GEAGLE

      Are you one of those misguided souls who actually think Clemons or Mitchell is any good?

      • Tom W

        better than jenkins in coverage that enough is clear and can’t be as horrible against run … numbers dont lie. age is only deterrent w clemons turning 29 this fall

        Look at the tape and scouting reports and it really isnt close. jenkins is a 4th corner maybe nickel corner …. poor excuse for a safety.

        • GEAGLE

          Hahahaha you never seen Clemons play a snap in his life if you think he is better in coverage…look say or think whatever you want…fortunately you only have to wait a few weeks to be proven wrong…we won’t even offer Clemons a contract…just watch!!!

          Seriously doubt you are as obsessed with any player on Miami as I am with Dion, so I doubt you seen anywhere near as much of Clemons the player..but I get it, big body, sexy name…fan boyish type of player. Jenkins will be our Front Offices type of player. I can’t promise you Jenkins signs here! but I’ll bet anything we offer him a contract if Byrd or Ward hit the market…I think we bring back Nate before we consider Clemons

          • TOm W

            rated higher last two years in coverage … and fairly certain we will never know bc its likely he tries to stay w dolphins or another warm weather climate. not debating who we sign debating who I would rather have on my team
            Jordan barely played less than 35 percent of the snaps lol.
            Even if the eagles sign jenkins doesn’t prove who is the better safety …. may prove they only want younger players or he was available or see more upside
            I can forward you 6 different links from scouts/writers across the country that have clemons rated higher than jenkins … not saying he is great but he certainly doesn’t suck that’s just silly. he is a solid starting safety who is good in coverage .. not a ballhawk not a hitter but a good safety. took less to say in miami cause he is from florida and likes the warm weather.

          • GEAGLE

            I like to talk about the eagles in terms of reality…and reality is we won’t even offer Clemons a contract. we probably would have to see Nate and Jenkins decline our offer before we even think of Clemons…he friggin SUCKS!!! Believe me, he is not good…

            Say whatever about Jenkins but he is 3 years younger and was good enough to start like 40 more games, including starting for a Super Bowl champion. Jenkins has more starts at 26 then Clemons might have in his entire career when it’s all said and done…

            6’2 218lbs, if he were worth a damn, he would be so highly coveted….why the hell wouldn’t I want a great sized safety over a friggin glorified corner? Of course I would,,.but he is not any good

            I didn’t watch much of Jenkins this year, although saints are on primetime often..but I saw a ton of Clemons and it was bad.

      • DEBO 215

        No I’m the optimist that still holds out hope that they’ll sign TJ Ward. Or draft someone.

        • GEAGLE

          Or draft someone? We are doing that regardless…and I don’t think there is a fan alive that wouldn’t rather have Ward or Byrd so hopefully you are right my man

          • DEBO 215

            Draft depends a lot on who is out there and who they sign. If they sign Ward, I’d want them to sell the farm to move up for a guy like Sammy Watkins.

          • GEAGLE

            We don’t have safeties under contract..you ain’t signing 3 in free agency..at some point we are practically forced to spend ATleast one pick on a safety

          • DEBO 215

            This is also true.

  • cliff henny

    man-o-man, hope wolff is a player.

  • GEAGLE

    I would feel better about Jenkins if we also brought back Nate. But once A young player takes Nates job! I doubt we would have much use for him on ST or subpackages, when Jenkins gets upgrade as a starter, we would still use his ability to match up with TE and WRs in some 3rd down subpackages, so he will always contribute to our defense..

    • Tom W

      yea so basically he is a nickel corner not a safety … problem is you probably have to make him the starter because we probably wont sign him and Nate. jenkins is a liability defensively I would think in our base defense.

      • GEAGLE

        Look he sucks, but most of the free agents suck worse!!!

        • CJ

          and the safeties we have now suck worse than all of them!

          • Andy124

            Not to be contrary, but I think we’re building up a bit of a negative feedback loop here.

            I think most of us were pretty proud to see Nate Allen achieve mediocrity last year, and Wolff was far from a liability when healthy, with flashes of being much more.

            This isn’t to say that we don’t want/need an upgrade, but I’ve got no problem penciling Wolff in as a starter next year and if we can’t find an upgrade over Allen, we could do worse than “average”. And a better pass rush and *gasp* a 2nd consecutive year in the same system should make those guys look a lot better.

          • Ark87

            hah, given the state of safety play in this league, mediocre is looking pretty sexy these days.

          • Andy124

            Everything looks sexier in midnight green.

          • CJ

            I don’t disagree. I’m ok with one of them starting and Allen coming back, however that looks. But if those are your opening day starters, that’s terrifying to me. Add in the inherent implication that there’s no depth behind them if those are your starters, and given they need to prove they can stay healthy, and I might need to change my pants if those are your starters at safety.

    • cliff henny

      whole end game is to bring in a solid vet safety, upgrade over Allen and Chung (not hard on latter), and really hope eagles coach up Wolff and draft pick. not much Howie and Chip can do, quality safeties dont hit the market and reid drafted garbage for 7 yrs. front 7 will have to be 1000 times better at pressuring qb.

      • GEAGLE

        Yup…basically if we don’t hit on young safeties we draft, the 31st ranked safety is all we can realistically expect…sad right?

        • cliff henny

          pretty much. like that he’ll take the right kind of contract. who wants Allen making 5m in ’16 dragging around on this team.

          • GEAGLE

            Oh god no!!! But when we are talking about a bunch of average at best options, I’ll take the young, experienced, defensive captain, with a Super Bowl ring who the saints don’t want to lose, over the rest of the slops who’s current teams can’t wait to lose…

  • oreofestar

    I do not mind Jenkins at this point because the way it looks it is between him and Clemons so I would rather have Jenkins then sign Nate Allen if he takes backupish-fringe starter almost money like 3 years 6.5mil and then draft a rookie maybe Pryor or maybe wait for a guy like Bailey in round3

  • Token

    bum. May as well keep Nate Allen if this is the alternative. Youd be letting go of a bum to bring in a bum that costs more.

    • GEAGLE

      How much you think Nate gets on the open market? I’m ok with signing Nate now if they think he has more improvements left in him! but I’m SOOO not ok with bidding for bum ass Nate on the open market. Keep him from reaching free agency or let him walk

    • cliff henny

      problem with nate is he’s going to get 3yrs of guarenteed money. i could live with nate for another, but by ’15, we need players with much better upside than Allen.

      • Token

        To be clear, either option is really really bad. Id rather have neither.

        • cliff henny

          hah, typical token, glass in sahara desert for 50 yrs dry.

      • GEAGLE

        Wish Nate was just under contract for one more year. hate the thought of giving him a 3year deal

        • Javi Echie

          Been hearing the Chiefs are gonna make a serious run at Nate to line him up next to Berry.

          • GEAGLE

            Lol be my guest KC

          • ohitsdom

            Playing next to Berry would make a lot of mediocre safeties look good…

      • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

        4 year deal, first 2 guar. Bonus prorated over first 2 years, heaviest cap hit this year (say, $4 or $5mil). Have him for ’14, option to cut next year and take on a little bit of dead/june 1st him, and at worst be out after ’15 (by which, hopefully, he is our 3rd safety)

        better than these other options

        • GEAGLE

          You are assuming Nate would even sign with us….if I’m Nate! I can’t wait to get out of this city after years of how we treated him. Bet he can’t wait to go to some KC, GB type of market

          • Jeff Asay

            Finally! I said this over the weekend. If you’re an NFL safety and can fog a mirror, your agent should fired if he lets you sign before hitting free agency.

        • cliff henny

          think he’ll get better than that. and he doesnt bring anything as a 3rd safety. no special teams, cant come in and cover slot.
          .
          yes, allen played better in ’13, because a, better scheme b, asked to do less and c, was coached better…all 3 of those things will be in place for new guy. i’m not a change for change sake guy, in favor of keeping cole and herremanns-just add to talent/deph, but on allen, i’m ready to move on.

          • GEAGLE

            Well said

          • travis papa

            Herremans of all people need replaced. I’m ok with barbre or Kelly or bamiro if no other rookie is drafted. Cole needs to lower his cap # or pack his things next yr. Allen is still young and could finally have stability in scheme and coaching. He was drafted as a ballhawk & now has his tackling under control give him. 3-4yr deal at 12-16mil. Cap is reportedly going over 132mil. If Howie don’t bring back coop mac & Allen it’s because they didn’t want to. Could have 20+ mil space after cutting avant & Chung resigning coop mac Allen and extending kelce

    • jesse

      We need at least 3 more safties this offseason so one in the draft resign Nate Dogg and one of these midlevels

  • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

    ugh. just like Mitchell.
    Still rather have Allen

    • Andy124

      I’m with you. If they’re not a clear upgrade over Allen, why bother? I’m content to have him hold down the fort while Wolff develops, another draft pick develops and our OLB Barr starts wreaking havok in the backfield.

      • Eagles4Life

        I think he’s a clear upgrade over Chung.

        • Andy124

          I think a traffic cone is a clear upgrade over Chung.

        • jesse

          Yes even if we stick with nate and wolfe still need depth and Coleman chung are not the answer

    • JofreyRice

      Don’t know if you’ve checked out the film room segment Greg Cosell is doing over at PE, but he’s super high on Clemons and Jenkins, calling them extremely versatile and “intriguing”. He kind of downplayed Jarius Byrd’s ability, saying he’s a good centerfielder, and mentioned Kendrick Lewis as a distant second to Byrd, if that’s the kind of safety you’re looking for.

      I don’t agree with Cosell here, but I know he’s put in a lot more hours to come up with his opinion than I have, so I definitely respect his opinion. It’s a decent watch, if you’ve got the time.

      • Token

        Cosell, generally I like the guy and trust his opinion, but the guy doesnt know safeties. If I remember correctly he liked Jarrett. And liked Wolff based on his horrible college tape. I think he generally likes guys who make flashy hits.

        I believe in that segment he said Clemons is one of the more interesting FAs because of his age. He will be 29. Dont get that point.

        • jesse

          Wolfe does look decent and in all fairness Jarret wasn’t horrible in New York started like 11 games for Ryans who knows defense

  • GEAGLE

    Anyone hear any of the philly media ask Howie if they are currently negotiating with any eagles? I hear news of teams negotiating with their own players, but I haven’t heard a peep about us with Kelce,Ced, the punter(like why wasn’t he extended yesterday?), coop, Maclin, Nate? Has Howie been asked anything, but Bogus questions about top free agents from other teams that he isn’t allowed to even talk about?

    Would love to know if we are even trying to lowball Nate into an extension, or are intent on letting him hit the market

    • Ark87

      Yeah, Howie’s ability to keep things quiet is well documented (he loves to make the eagles look completely aimless, then all of a sudden stuff happens, and it’s like Christmas morning, like the day we signed Chip), but this is ridiculous. Give us something Howie! It feels like everytime he speaks, it sounds like he’s *going* to do something, not in the process of something. But surely something has been in the making. Closest tidbit we’ve gotten was from Maclin, which was a tweet completely without context (turned out it wasn’t a teaser for an imminent resigning, so….).

  • GEAGLE

    Just cause Im convinced we target Jenkins, doesn’t mean I don’t find it depressing

  • GEAGLE

    Inquire reports Meco Ryan’s isn’t going anywhere after initial questions of possibly restructuring…shocker! Who would have ever thought a team that rolled over a boatload and isn’t going to sign any big free agents isn’t going to cut it’s defensive Captain who just played the most snaps in the NFL? What an earth shattering update

  • Rick H

    Based on what I have read the Eagles WILL GO OUT and sign a free agent safety. I also have read and heard that they want Nate Allen back. I agree with that thinking. Nate Allen is a good/average safety in this defense.
    Put a above average safety with him and I believe you have improved. I believe Nate will get better and better in this specific defense.
    I am not sure at all about Wolff. Maybe he is a good player but he didn’t play enough last year to get any idea at all. One concern I do have with Wolff is the fact that it seemed like he “could have played” at the end of the year but didn’t. I base that off some of the comments I heard other secondary teammates make late last year.
    I obviously could be way off base but it didn’t seem like he was in any hurry to get back out there or maybe Davis wasn’t in any hurry to put him out there. Either way that small snap shot isn’t good if it is accurate.

    • GEAGLE

      Where did you hear anything of us wanting to keep Nate? I been looking and can’t find anything

      • Rick H

        Jimmy Kempski of philly.com had a Q&A last Friday or Thursday and he mentioned in his answers that the Eagles were pretty interested in retaining him. So if you believe him…

        • GEAGLE

          Thank you…and yes I find Jimmy credible

  • JofreyRice

    I think he’s a little too rich for our blood. Maybe we could sign seven or eight udfas and get a starter with the batting average approach. Don’t want to buy the cow when you can get the milk for free!

    • anon

      haha i’m sensing a revolt. The handling of S and OLB has been and indictment on the FO.

      • JofreyRice

        ah, in fairness we can’t really judge them until it’s all over. I really hope they make a good decision, though.

      • jesse

        Maybe S wasn’t so much FO’s fault as we believe maybe there’s just a dirth of talent at that position seems like every team wjth the exception of clevland and the bills and Seattle (grrrrrrr) are looking to upgrade at saftey … wait having wrote that then thinking about the FO letting Thomas slide for Graham all the worse … even if BG was astud the lack of quality safties screams that you pick a sure thing over another high motor pass rusher which our much more abundant through FA or draft

  • JofreyRice

    I think we’re setting our sights a little ambitiously. I’d love to see an All22 of a more realistic target, like Major Wright, Craig Steltz or guys they can find milling around the Greyhound bus station on Filbert street. Howie will not be fooled AGAIN!

  • Ark87

    Is it possible to do one of these on Nate Allen (forget I said anything if you already did one and I missed it)? We all know his rep, and have seen him play (most trying to forget I’m sure), but I feel like it would be a good opportunity to put him into perspective, next to the other options in FA. It seems almost certain that one of these guys will be signed, and all of them deeply flawed and symptomatic of the state of safety play in this league. I come away from these wondering if we sign these players, quantifying how much they will improve the team is proving difficult, or how much they may improve it in some ways and weaken it in others relative to last year.

    • crazy eyes

      I think you guys are too hard on Nate Allen. I think he is a better players than you guys think. I never understood how you can possible know who has messed up on the coverage when they have 30 coverages. I played and coached the secondary and I know 10 coverages. Now earlier in the season he angles and tackle were not very good, but he got a lot better as the season progress. He is also a relatively young and could grow.

      • anon

        says something that he stayed positive and didn’t give up after the last couple of years. his ceiling is just what it is.

      • Ark87

        I’m actually a Nate supporter, always rooting for the guy, good guy. That said, we must try upgrade, there is a solid gap between him and high-level safety play. Having said that…factoring in experience with this D, these players, these coaches, I think Nate is our best option left in this free agency. We should probably also take a swing in the draft to at least get competition and depth. I’m not making the request so that we can gloat over the all 22 hoping to emphasize Nate’s flaws by contrasting it to other players.

    • HokieEagle7

      I’d like to see the Eagles bring Allen back and give him a chance to further develop in the scheme, unless they have plans to improve that position through the draft. Chung was a glaring weakness in the defense, and Allen isn’t without fault, but Allen is a competent young veteran who made plays, tackles ok, and can help Jenkins get acclimated at the position, as well as push the new talent. Overall, a Bill Davis-Allen-Jenkins grouping would definitely be an improvement over last season, though the goal will be to improve at both safety spots, corner, etc. Bringing back Allen also adds veteran depth that the Eagles otherwise don’t presently have.

  • peteike

    Voted D captain is def a good sign. Not that exciting I get it, but it seems like people forget the position is thin throughout the league. Even with the mid level guys, Id be fine with a pair of mid level safeties if its best we can get while grooming draft picks.

    • GEAGLE

      So true…I mean, last year how many better safeties then Jenkins hit the market? Goldson? Quinn?
      ..
      I get that this isn’t a clear cut drastic upgrade to Allen, and this isn’t what I thought when I spent the last two years drooling over Byrd (no Sam lol.too soon?), but Jenkins is a kid who on some level starting, or eventually 3rd safety because we drafted two good safeties is going to be one of the 18-19defenders we need (rotation and subpackages) to contribute to a quality defense…hopefully someone we draft will prove to be an upgrade in a year or two, when that happens Jenkins still as cover skills that we will want to have on the field in subpackages..
      ..
      So while he isn’t an exciting addition for us to celebrate, he is more then some stop gap like Chung who we won’t ever want on the field a year after signing him..

      He was the captain of a quality defense last year, and with Cary it gives us two Super Bowl champions in our secondary who would be solid complimentary pieces of a good defense if we can ever add a top talent to our secondary..a 26yr old who started 65 games, we could do much worse! Is Chung ever going to start 65 games in I his career?

      Not a sexy addition, but far better then Chung and Kenny Phillips, I also think Jenkins is an upgrade to Nate..but if Jersey Jenkins won’t sign on to come home! then I’d rather have Nate then Mitchell or Clemons

      • anon

        Think you need hate, him, wolff, draft pick. I liked some of the rawer DBs today. I think having two decent safeties is good. But we either need a good secondary or a good pass rush and we have neither.

      • peteike

        ya most of the comments below had similar sentiments. I just hadnt read them before I posted. Def like his character from what Ive read, that goes a long way for me and love the point about him being able to step in and play nickel.

      • oreofestar

        Depending on price if we can have Jenkins,Allen,Wolffe and Rookie at safety this year I would not be mad especially because that is an improvement. OLB should be Marcus Smith and WRs to play along Maclin and DJAX I like Evans a lot but he will be gone, maybe Benjamin if some players I want are gone but I would love Jordan Matthews or Allen Robinson in the 2nd if either make it

        • anon

          There’s a better chance of getting an O player you like than a D player.

          • oreofestar

            In the first or in general

          • anon

            In general but especially the first.

          • oreofestar

            True but after his poor combine/measurements I wonder if Pryor would be there at 22 because I personally have no problem with them taking him there

      • Tom w

        Wow you keep spraying that cologne and trying to get the Jenkins stank off of you …. There was a number of safeties better than him last year … Goldson glover other dolphins safety Clemons falcons safety Delmas healthy and that’s just off the top of my head He brings some scheme flexibility as a strong third safety to use in nickel or in a pinch replace Boykin or cover a te. Average starter at best

        • GEAGLE

          Dude stfu with your regurgitation of bullshit..watch some Jenkins film before you feel like acting like a blowhard. Doubt you’d seen him take 10 snaps lol…..I’m a realist. Talk your shit, I told you who we ouldcsign weeks ago…silly

  • GEAGLE

    Think Trent Murphy put himself on our draft board proving agile enough to play OLB instead of being another stiff Bjoern Werner that people said he would be. I was pleasenty surprised with how he was moving in those drills, nice to have another option at this OLB problem

    • peteike

      he seems legit and a fit. I dont do much research on draft picks, dont watch college ball. I still love the draft so Ill be looking for names I read on these boards as I watch. Everyone here shares great insight

      • theedevilsadvocate

        agreed. i’m just like you.

    • Token

      Trust that the Eagles likely added nobody to their draft boards based on the combine. At least Id hope not.

      • Tom w

        I doubt they added anyone but they may have moved Murphy up the board from a potential 5tech in 2 yrs and say a 4th round grade to a 3d rd olb who can set the edge well, cover and isn’t athletically overmatched where he couldn’t beat some otackles to get to the qb. I could also see them moving up Buchanan and dontae Johnson and McGill and Marcus smith and chris smith and Pierre desir and halapio and dri archer based on their combines a round. I also could have seen them going back and taking a second look at the kid from shepards game tape and Jeff Janis and added them to their boards if they weren’t there already.

  • Tom W

    Looking back over Deone Buchanon’s college production as a four-year starter at a Pac-10 school, tape looked pretty good in the 3 games I watched, towering height and size, and the best all-around combine by any safety …. think he is better fit at strong safety but is certainly athletic enough to play the back end. looked good in the drills today.

    I could see him being in the eagles top 40 players and quite possibly our pick at 54 if he is still there unless a higher graded player is still on the board (kvn/atta-boy/cjones/msmith or wr adams matthews moncrief or someone unexpectly falls like a top 3 TE or top 5 OT.

  • GEAGLE

    Ok boys, I think there is a real chance we don’t pick at 22. I knew the Niners had two second rounders but I had no idea they had so many picks again after last years haul. Niners don’t have room to add all these players, last year they gave up the 74th pick to Dallas to get to 18 from 30 so they could replace Dashon Goldson with Eric Reid..they are going to lose Whitner, can we see a similar scenario this year? I think teams like the Niners and browns don’t have the room to draft all their picks so they will package some moving up in the draft…we only have 7 picks which is less then we have had in years!!! Unless a serious prospect like Barr makes it to 22, I can really see us trading back in this draft..

    Kempski wrote an article about this and breaks down all the teams with a bunch of picks we will be looking to trade up

    • anon

      yeah but i’d be trying to jump higher than 22 which is sort of no mans land if you’re really trying to get a name.

      • peteike

        ya I agree, I think teams jump in the teens 12-18 range but all depends how draft boards line up.

    • oreofestar

      Well unless they do not like who is left at 22 I think we are sticking I mean Barr, Pryor, Evans, Glibert there are some guys I would go for

    • Tom w

      Presumably other smart teams who realize this draft is loaded and deep like no other will also want to trade back …. While Howie may want to trade back other teams will definitely be thinking the same thing … In the top 10 alone at least 3-4 teams have mentioned including Tampa bay. The qb needy team or otackle needy teams are probably the most likely to try to move up or teams like browns and niners who have multiple picks. Niners interviewed 8 wrs already …. If they fall in luv w Benjamin or do the safety move they could give us a call. If browns don’t go qb early they could certainly get creative. Basically any other team in top 8 of draft who wants a qb or otackle could trade us to heir 2 and 3d. Doesn’t have to be a team w multiple picks just a team willing to lose or 3d and 6th.

  • Randy

    I gotta give credit to Tommy Lawlor. He talked me into Jenkins back in January. I’ve been suggesting Jenkins as the best option every since. Not a burner at safety, but a former All B10 corner at Ohio State who successfully made the switch to safety in the NFL. Natural cover man in the slot who can also play as a deep safety. Who can lay a licking and find the ball on deep passes, which few safeties do well these days.

    • Tom w

      Big 10 corner. That is rich. Bc big 10 is such a bastion of talent. For being such a coverage guru, ward Byrd and Clemons all ranked higher than him the last two years …. And he isn’t a playmaker. All he brings is some position versatility bc he can play outside or slot or deep in nickel or dime or in a pinch if Boykin goes down. If that’s what you want than okay, but he is a below average starting safety in the nfl

  • oreofestar

    WHO are you guys comfortable with picking at 22, like realistically and what is your thoughts on Jordan Matthews or Allen Robinson in the 2nd

    • Tom w

      As of today, Watkins, Evans, clowney, Mack, Barr, three stud otackles, Gilbert, Dix, maybe Mosley. Would have to think about Benjamin and odb and maybe ford or attaboy based on their prodays and van noy or Marcus smith if they wowed in their interviews. Sheed and tuitt if their college coaches tell me they will work and not rest on their natural talent.

      • oreofestar

        I am hoping we can get Smith at 54 I liked Benjamin, Dennard and Pryor as the most likely possibilities since the guys you named will be gone also I really like Allen Robinson and Jordan Matthews would not mind getting one of them at 54 and getting Dennard or PYROR AT 22

  • James Hathaway

    Look, I like the guys intangibles and versatility. Has the size, but seems to be under-performing based on his raw talent. I think we could do worse than bringing back Nate Allen AND signing Jenkins.

    I’ve been saying for a few years now that we’ll start seeing more and more 3 safety sub-packages. Having one like Jenkins could seriously help us on 3rd and long against air-it-out teams or TE-Centric teams. Definitely something to think about.

    Is it worth the money? Meh. Not sure. Depends on what gets cleared up. But If we shed Avant, and with the Peters extension (if that impacted cap space, not sure), plus the extra 6 mill… why not? Color me intrigued.

  • jesse

    Looking at these options at saftey in free agency the last two years makes me wonder maybe the FO didnt wiff so bad as I thought in these last drafts seems its just lack of talent at this position through out the leagu

  • Richard Colton

    I predict this guy gets signed by the Eagles on the first day of free agency. he’s versitile.

    • borntosuffer

      Nice. I was about to congratulate you – then I saw when it was posted.

  • HokieEagle7

    Here’s my take. I love the cerebral part of Jenkins’ game. He’s a coach’s player, a team player, and an experienced leader. He mentioned that when he was put in position to make plays, he did. I think that’s what the Eagles are hoping for. I’ve read that Jenkins is a guy for opposing QBs to target because “he’s good at a lot, but not great at anything”. If that logic is true, to me, that’ll be the litmus test for Jenkins in this defense. He’ll be put in a position to make plays on game day. We all believe he’ll be an upgrade over Chung.

    My second thought is about how this scheme may impact his play-making abilities. I don’t put a lot on stats without context, but I’ll make this exception: Nate Allen arguably had his best season as an Eagle, and had the third most tackles on the team in 2013. In previous years he had some injuries, but was mostly outplayed by Kurt Coleman (maybe Coleman had more opportunities, idk). Allen’s INT against Arizona was memorable, and a bright spot to me, in 2013. It showed he was playing hard and making plays in the scheme. I think the Eagles can give Jenkins those same opportunities to make plays. I believe Jenkins is as good as or a better athlete and overall player compared to Allen, and Allen was able to make plays in the defense, so Jenkins should be able to as well. There’s a lot of upside to the veteran Jenkins: leadership, versatility, scheme-fit, athleticism, & putting the team first. Given the opportunities, I think Jenkins is a guy who can, and will make plays.