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):
According to @CharleyCasserly, the Titans and Colts are seriously interested in OKST OT Teven Jenkins.— Shaun Calderon (@ShaunMichaels31) April 8, 2021
“For the Titans, it’s a no brainer. This guy is going to be better than Jack Conklin who they selected in the top-10.”
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:
Teven Jenkins is a OT prospect in the 2021 draft class. He scored a 9.73 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 31 out of 1129 OT from 1987 to 2021.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 1, 2021
Splits projected, times unofficial.https://t.co/TURtSPgSCV #RAS pic.twitter.com/BmllEk3t0t
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:
I still have a bunch of guys to watch, but I've seen a good chunk of the bigger names and feel it's pretty obvious just how much power Jenkins is able to generate if you study him closely. It's pretty special.— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) February 25, 2021
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
Last one- OKST RT Teven Jenkins pic.twitter.com/XLgEiavfDF— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) November 11, 2020
Don’t play with Tevan Jenkins name. pic.twitter.com/BqSCCFjEvV— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) December 11, 2020
Fun Teven Jenkins (73) plays from a few games of his film... pic.twitter.com/BJU7vmdNzn— Nick Falato (@nickfalato) April 2, 2021
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.