According to NFL.com’s Charley Casserly, the Indianapolis Colts are projected to select Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins with the 21st overall pick in his inaugural 2021 NFL Mock Draft of the offseason:
21 Indianapolis Colts
Oklahoma State · OT · Senior (RS)
With Anthony Castonzo’s retirement, Jenkins fills in as a Day 1 starter to man Carson Wentz’s blindside.
The 6’6”, 320 pound redshirt senior earned First-Team All-Big 12 honors in 2020—playing predominantly at right tackle.
NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah currently has Jenkins as his 30th best rated prospect overall:
30 Teven Jenkins
Oklahoma State · OT · Senior (RS)
Jenkins is a big, powerful right tackle. He is very quick out of his stance in the passing game and he can cover ground in a hurry. He has no issues kicking out to cover up speed rushers. However, he does have some issues when he has to quickly redirect inside, which leads to some pressures allowed. He has strong, violent hands but he will get too aggressive at times, which affects his balance. He absorbs power rushers pretty easily, though. He’s fun to watch in the run game. He can torque and dump linemen over his nose. He collects a lot of knockdowns. He has the quickness to cut off on the back side and he’s very efficient climbing to the second level. Overall, Jenkins has some balance issues to correct, but I love his size, quickness and nastiness. I view him as a quality NFL starter at right tackle.
Here’s the latest on Jenkins:
This OT class is deep and not a minute too soon - the NFL needs OL... Starters, depth, developmental projects— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) November 11, 2020
Teven Jenkins moved over to LT since Dylan Galloway retired from the game. Jenkins has starts at LT, RT, RG in career... https://t.co/eJtjWgNnGe
Last one- OKST RT Teven Jenkins pic.twitter.com/XLgEiavfDF— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) November 11, 2020
Grip strength & power. Second rep pic.twitter.com/pOu4e5Pw8h— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) February 25, 2021
If there is a more powerful OL in this class than Teven Jenkins I haven't seen him yet.— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) February 25, 2021
With Carson Wentz landing in Indy without losing their first rounder sets them up well.— Damian Parson (@DP_NFL) February 18, 2021
Time to replace your retired LT.
Teven Jenkins should be available!
6 foot 6, 310 pounds, & has a nasty mentality! A ppl mover, Taylor & Wentz should love him!
Highest-graded Offensive Tackles this season— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) November 24, 2020
1. Brady Christensen, BYU
2. Christian Darrisaw, VA Tech
3. Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma St
4. Robert Hainsey, Notre Dame
5. Darian Kinnard, Kentucky
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Teven Jenkins (RT 73 for Oklahoma State) is an intriguing player to watch. Has experience at LG, RG, RT, LT. According to @PFF_College he had 989 snaps at RT & 256 snaps at LT between '19 & '20 An aggressive OT with nice size at 6-6 320 pounds. Watch him bury this 4i pic.twitter.com/zZjymMicPf— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) January 14, 2021
Don’t play with Tevan Jenkins name. pic.twitter.com/BqSCCFjEvV— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) December 11, 2020
I've been enjoying studying Teven Jenkins' tape.— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) January 22, 2021
Backside cut-off to the 2nd level
Torque & finish pic.twitter.com/aqMKHPvz0C
this two-play sequence by Oklahoma State RT Teven Jenkins (#73) made me sit up in my chair. This is against Texas edge Joseph Ossai, who might be a 1st rounder pic.twitter.com/CZgbNA8lNH— Danny Kelly (@DannyBKelly) January 9, 2021
Tevin Jenkins tossing guys around like they’re lombardis pic.twitter.com/4mv6VLzrx1— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) February 15, 2021
Jenkins has started six games at left tackle, and that’s assuredly where the Colts would look to play him at the pro level, transitioning him from right tackle full-time (where he made 20 starts for the Cowboys collegiately)—if he ultimately is drafted by Indianapolis.
In run blocking, Jenkins has been highly regarded for his strength and power and would fit right in with the Colts’ power ground game—showing a brawler like mentality, with the ability to feature quickness in space and get to the second level of opposing defenses.
He likes to ‘finish off’ his opponents into the ground too—which should be music to starting Colts All-Pro left guard Big Q’s ears.
From a pass protection standpoint, Jenkins has impressive hand technique, the strength to handle bull rushers, and the quickness to laterally negate speed rushers—but needs to work on his sometimes inconsistent footwork and overall balance.
While a good, but not great athlete, and with a lack of elite arm length, Jenkins has been projected by some pundits to start at offensive guard at the pro ranks—instead of at tackle.
However, he remains one of this year’s NFL Draft’s better offensive tackle prospects and given the Colts’ obvious need at the blindside (with Anthony Castonzo’s recent retirement) and his seamless fit schematically, Jenkins is a name to take notice of.