A.J. Jenkins is the newest member of the San Francisco 49ers, and the young wide receiver couldn’t have been happier judging from the series of Tweets he posted from his @Ajjenkins8 account following the selection.
The University of Illinois wide receiver was equally excited in his conference call with local reporters.
The 49ers saw a lot in Jenkins, mostly position versatility, speed, production and competitiveness, all traits that’ll help his production as a wide receiver in Greg Roman’s offense.
Trent Baalke explained the decision to select Jenkins in greater detail after the pick. Baalke added a player he felt very good about, despite receiving calls late in the first round from the Minnesota Vikings who were looking to acquire Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith. The 49ers resisted the urge to move back into the second round and stood firm by selecting Jenkins at pick No. 30.
Turns out, the decision to not move back into round two paid off for the 49ers general manager.
More on Jenkins’ other NFL suitors and additional NFL Draft headlines can be found after the jump.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the St. Louis Rams were coveting Jenkins early in the second round according to league sources. Thomas writes, “The Rams liked Jenkins so much that his grade wasn’t much different than the one given to (Justin) Blackmon by the team’s personnel department.”
The University of Illinois congratulated Jenkins’ first-round selection by posting a compilation video of the receiver’s top highlights.
Jenkins’ selection was even referenced on NBC’s Thursday night live airing of 30 Rock.
Tony Pauline of SI.com reviews the selection of Jenkins and believes the Illinois receiver can complement the skills of 49ers wideout Michael Crabtree.
Evan Silva of ProFootballTalk.com shares his top 10 draft prospects still remaining after round one.
TWEET ABOUT IT
From one new 49ers wide receiver to another, Mario Manningham congratulates his new teammate, A.J. Jenkins.
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