The Buccaneers kept a defensive mentality for the second day of the draft, selecting Stanford defensive end Julian Jenkins with their fifth round selection.
Jenkins has adequate ability to play both the run and the pass. He has wide arms and a bullish mentality for an end, which helped him tally seven sacks during his senior campaign with the Cardinal.
The 6-foot-3, 277-pounder is the son of former Miami Dolphins running back Ed Jenkins. He has shown the ability to put on weight and fill out after gaining 35 pounds over the last two seasons.
Jenkins was not the fastest of the defensive end prospects in the draft, posting mid 4.8 range numbers at the combine but showed his strength when he benched 370 pounds. Jenkins came on late in his career, posting 12.5 of his 16.5 career sacks during his last two seasons as the starter on the defensive line. Jenkins also showed great durability by starting every game for the Cardinal in his last two seasons.
Bucs offensive quality control coach Nathaniel Hackett, who is the son of quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett, coached Jenkins last year as Stanford’s special teams coach. This marks the second straight year that the Bucs have selected a Stanford player. In 2005, the Bucs used a third-round draft pick to select tight end Alex Smith.
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