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Report: Colts are ‘Seriously Interested’ in Oklahoma State OT Teven Jenkins as the NFL Draft Approaches

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According to NFL Network Analyst Charley Casserly, the Indianapolis Colts are among the pro teams ‘seriously interested’ in Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft (via TitansWire’s Shaun Calderon):

Of course, the Colts already met virtually with Jenkins in early March and were among the NFL teams represented at his recent Pro Day.

The 6’6”, 320 pound redshirt senior offensive lineman earned First-Team All-Big 12 honors in 2020—playing predominantly at right tackle.

Jenkins is regarded as an elite level athlete at offensive tackle after posting his impressive Pro Day measurables:

On the field, he plays with tremendous brute strength, powerful hands, and physicality, and loves to finish opponents—meaning he would fit right in starting alongside Colts’ All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson at left tackle—torquing opponents into the turf.

However, it’s not that Jenkins is just a ‘mauler’, as the big man possesses good feet for his size and has good length for the position—with the ability to play in space and climb to the second level of opposing defenses:

He needs to fine-tune his technique—particularly coming out of his pass blocking stances at times, but the tools are there to be an elite level offensive tackle.

Outside of Virginia Tech’s Christian Darrisaw (who there’s a good chance is already gone), Jenkins is my second favorite offensive tackle prospect realistically available for the Colts with the 21st overall pick—although it looks like they’ll have heavy competition from the Tennessee Titans (who could elect to trade up to beat them to the punch).

With longtime veteran bookend Anthony Castonzo’s recent retirement, the Colts have a gaping hole to fill at starting left tackle—and big shoes to fill.

That being said, if Jenkins can make a smooth transition to the blindside at the pros (and all indications are that he potentially can), the Colts could very well find their next franchise left tackle—and one with a serious mean streak at that.