Jenkins, likely a second- or third-round pick, played defensive tackle at Clemson but projects as a defensive end in San Diego's 3-4 scheme. He certainly has the athleticism and strength to play the five-technique, as he showed during his pro day, running a 4.75 short shuttle and posting 21 reps of the 225-pound bench press.
DL Jarvis Jenkins
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The Chargers need help on the defensive line, where veterans Jacques Cesaire and Travis Johnson are set to become unrestricted free agents. Even if those two return, San Diego wants to bolster a run defense that gave up 251 rushing yards in a critical December loss to the Oakland Raiders.
Also, the Chargers will open the season at home against Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings. It was Peterson who set the single-game rushing record (297 yards) in a game against the Chargers in 2007; adding Jenkins would go a long way towards guarding against a repeat performance.
In addition to helping on defense (he has 114 career tackles), Jenkins would fill a glaring need on special teams. He set a school record by blocking four kicks during his time at Clemson.
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