Cowboys Check on DB Twice

This defensive back out of the ACC is quickly rising up the boards of many NFL teams.TheRanchReport.com once again brings you the latest.

The Dallas Cowboys have had the opportunity to scout former Miami Hurricanes cornerback Kelly Jennings (5-10, 178) on two occasions within the last month, TheRanchReport.com has learned.

Dallas scouts spoke with Jennings extensively at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, and also scouted him at Miami's Pro-day on March 4.

On both occasions, Jennings was impressive. At the combine, he recorded a 40-inch vertical jump. He also duplicated that feat at his pro day.

Jennings, who recorded 41 total tackles, 16 passes defended and three interceptions during his senior season, is viewed a strong cover corner that's flashed great skill during his last three seasons with the 'Canes.

Other teams that shown interest in Jennings are the Falcons, Bills, Cardinals, Eagles and Jaguars.

Jennings has been listed as a possible first round draft pick by some publications, but for the Cowboys, he would only be selected in the second round or later.



Senior Bowl Analysis
Analysis: Bounces in his backpedal and does not keep it consistent. Fluid when changing direction, good positioning and understands his responsibilities and where his help is. Lateral movement was hindered by an ankle injury early in the week. Overall, upped his status.

Kelly Jennings College Bio
2004 (JUNIOR): Started all 12 games at left cornerback...Totaled a careerhigh 40 tackles (15 solo), two tackles for loss, a half sack, five pass breakups and two interceptions...Had a big game in the season opener vs. Florida State, making 5 tackles, a half sack and 1 interception (returned for 1 yard)...Made 3 tackles in each of the next two games (Louisiana Tech and Houston), then made 4 tackles at Georgia Tech...In nationally televised game vs. Louisville, tied his season high with 5 tackles...Started and made 1 tackle and 1 pass breakup at NC State...Registered 5 tackles at North Carolina, and then 5 tackles and 2 pass breakups vs. Clemson...Tallied 1 tackle and 3 pass breakups at Virginia...Against Wake Forest, added 4 tackles and 1 tackle for loss...Made 3 tackles and 1 pass breakup vs. Virginia Tech...In the Peach Bowl vs. Florida, made 2 tackles (1 solo) and 1 interception.

2003 (SOPHOMORE): Started five of Miami's 13 games as a nickel back...made 18 tackles, including 12 solo stops, six pass breakups and one quarterback hurry...had one tackle in a start at Louisiana Tech...also started the Florida game...had an assisted tackle against East Carolina...started and made one solo tackle at Boston College...made a season-high four tackles against West Virginia... made one tackles for loss (four yards) and broke up one pass against Florida State...had one pass breakup against Temple...made three solo tackles at Virginia Tech...added one solo stop and one assisted tackle against Tennessee...recorded one solo stop against Syracuse...made one solo stop behind the line of scrimmage (one yard) and broke up a pass against Rutgers...had one pass breakup at Pittsburgh...made one tackle and broke up a pass in the FedEx Orange Bowl Classic victory over Florida State.

2002 (FRESHMAN): Was a key member of a Miami secondary that had to replace five key players from 2001, yet led the nation in pass defense...played much of the season with a cast on his left hand following surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament in August...played only once (Virginia Tech) without a full cast on the hand...had 25 tackles (21 unassisted), three quarterback hurries, broke up six passes and had one interception...made one solo stop against Virginia Tech...made one solo tackle at Syracuse...had three solo stops against Pittsburgh...recorded three tackles, broke up a pass, and had one quarterback hurry in the win at Tennessee...had one tackle and an interception, along with two quarterback hurries in the win at Rutgers...had five tackles, including four solos, and broke up a pass against West Virginia...made three tackles and broke up two passes against Florida State...recorded a solo tackle and deflected a pass against Connecticut...had a solo tackle against Boston College... made one solo tackle against Temple...made five tackles (four solo tackles and one assist) against Florida...missed the season opener after surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb... earned the starting job at cornerback during spring practice and held it throughout the season.

2001 (REDSHIRT): Sat out the 2001 season with a redshirt and played on the Hurricanes' scout team.

High School Bio
Started on both offense and defense for one of the top programs in North Florida...led Suwanee to a 9-4 season and a berth in the state playoffs...was an excellent receiver on offense, catching 43 passes for 720 yards and five touchdowns...one of the top defensive backs in the state, Jennings had 41 tackles and one interception in 2000 at cornerback...listed as the No. 4 cornerback on the Florida Times-Union Super 75 list...guided his team to a third-round appearance in the State Class 3A Playoffs with a 9-4 record...has been timed at 4.5 in the 40.

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