Chargers angling for run at Jennings?

He has played against bigger receivers. He has played in big games. He has met with Chargers' cornerbacks coach Brian Stewart. Now the NFL Draft looms and Kelly Jennings is prepared. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound former Hurricane is expected to be a late first or early second round pick. Complete with an exclusive audio interview!

The Seafood Jubilee on Wednesday night during Senior Bowl week is one of the highlights of the week's events. The turnout is amazing as scouts and coaches line the concourse waiting their turn to eat the assortment of fresh shrimp, oysters and hush puppies. It also sparked a conversation between a Chargers coach and a player.

It was there that Miami cornerback Kelly Jennings and I were in the midst of a low-key discussion. It seemed he was having trouble moving laterally after rolling his ankle the day before and I was confirming my suspicions.

He conceded that the ankle injury the day before was limiting his ability to push off.

We spoke about other non-important matters for a while before being interrupted by Chargers secondary coach Brian Stewart.

Dressed in his finest attire, Stewart setup camp – a mini training camp – right on the packed concourse.

He corralled Jennings and began to teach some fundamentals of cornerback that he picked up on as he watched him in practice.

"Stay low in the backpedal, you are bouncing back there," Stewart said. "And you are hunched over. By the fourth quarter you are aren't going to be able to stand because your back will be hurting so bad."

Taking the time - off the field in a relaxed setting - to explain some of the finer points of being a cornerback is not something that should be overlooked. Jennings is considered a late first/early second round pick and with the Chargers eager to part ways with Donnie Edwards and known for dropping down in the NFL Draft it would not surprise to see them try and hook up with Jennings.

Miami cornerback Kelly Jennings is an athletic cornerback who netted three interceptions as a senior and used his speed and agility to make plays on the ball against all opponents.

He admits his weaknesses but also warns against those who say he does not have the size to be effective in the NFL.

"I am not the most physical guy but I use my feet to get me out of trouble," said Jennings.

With natural coverage abilities and instincts, Jennings found the pre-draft process a bit overwhelming at times, noting that it prepares you for the rigors of an NFL season, especially as a rookie.

"You are done with your last game of the season and then it all starts," Jennings said. "It is mental, physical and it comes so fast. It is overwhelming at times."

That did not dissuade him from posting a 4.45 forty time at the NFL Combines and a 40-inch vertical jump.

Practicing against some top talent at the University of Miami has helped him immensely as he sits on the doorstep of the NFL and it is that reason that he believes he can make an immediate impact at the NFL level.

Jennings has met with a number of teams, including the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions to name a few.

We caught up with Jennings to discuss his weaknesses, strengths, playing man coverage and more.


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