NFL teams meeting with individual players are a significant part of the draft process. These meetings can happen at the NFL Scouting Combine, pro days, the Senior Bowl, the East-West Shrine Bowl or a private workout.
For fans following the process, these meetings are sort of like poker tells for the draft, as they indicate what positions a team could be focusing on. Do teams draft players they haven’t met with? Yes, they do. It happens all the time (like Lamar Jackson), but they have often spoken to other players at that position.
Who have the Baltimore Ravens met with so far? Well, WalterFootball.com usually has a good list, but with the state of the world as it is, it has become a tad tougher to find those tea leaves.
So far, teams have had access to players at the Senior Bowl and through Zoom Meetings. Therefore, I am going to profile player you should know and that the Ravens could select in the 2021 draft. Next up is Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins. Let’s get to know him better.
Tale of the Tape
Weight: 320 pounds
Strengths: Experienced player who has played both tackle positions and guard in his 35 starts at Oklahoma State; has strong quick hands and packs an initial punch; has excellent technique and plays hard until the whistle blows; solid in pass protection and run blocking; solid athletic profile overall; plays with a mean streak.
Areas For Improvement: Jenkins has shorter arms (under 33 inches) than some teams like at tackle, so he may have guard grades. He is a solid athlete but does have balance issues at times going side to side.
Other Notes: Had some lower back issues in 2020.
NFL Player Comparison: Marshal Yanda. Yes, that’s bold, but Jenkins has some of the same traits as Yanda, a tackle in college.
Draft Projection: Jenkins should hear his name called in the first round and could go as early as Pick 20. I like Jenkins. He will be a solid part of an NFL line for a decade.
Photo Credit: Bruce Waterfield/Oklahoma State Athletics