With the 31st pick in the first round, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Miami (Fla.) CB Jelly Jennings.
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 180 40: 4.47 Year: 5Sr
Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after posting 31/3/13. Junior totals were 25/2/5.
Pos: Natural cover corner with starting abilities in the NFL. Quickly transitions off the line, runs with opponents downfield and stays with receivers out from breaks. Instinctive, quickly locates the pass and has good ball skills. Fluid in all his motions, quick-footed on the field and willing to mix it up.
Neg: Possesses a slim build, gets out-positioned or loses out in battles.
Analysis: A consistent player, Jennings took his game to another level as a senior and now sits as a possible first-round selection. Has the skills to be used in either zone or backed off the line of scrimmage and should quickly break into a starting line-up.
DOING THE MATH:
Combine - 40-Yard Dash: 4.39. 20-Yard Dash: 2.59. 10-Yrd Dash: 1.56. Vertical Jump: 40. Broad Jump: 10'0". 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.04.
Pro Day - 225 Lb. Bench Press Reps: 12. Broad Jump: 9'7". 20-Yard Shuttle: 3.96. 3-Cone Drill: 6.88
THE .NET REPORT:
Scott Eklund: It's no surprise the Seahawks chose to bolster their secondary with the 31st selection in the first round. At cornerback, there were at least 10 guys who were considered first rounders and Seattle got one with a ton of experience. Jennings is a super-quick athlete that has faced off against a number of top wideouts during his time with the Miami Hurricanes. He's got good recovery speed and his 40-inch vertical shows just how explosive he can be. Needs to make more big plays and with his athleticism, he needs to take a few more chances, but there is no arguing with his abilities and production over the last four years. Solid pickup for the Hawks that will challenge Kelly Herndon for the starting spot opposite Marcus Trufant right away.
Ryan Rigmaiden: Definitely a surprising First Round so far. Nice to see CBs like Jimmy Williams, Kelly Jennings, and Richard Marshall still on the board. Jennings is the best cover-corner on the board at this point and has the potential to start immediately. I like his experience, his speed and his ability to take away a third of the, field. He's a solid pick at this point and I'm glad we have him.
Links to Kelly Jennings Content:
Seahawks.NET Q&A: Draft Expert Rob Rang! II NFC West Pre-Draft News & Notes - 4/23/06 II Draft Chat Transcript: Tony Pauline II Exclusive: Kelly Jennings analysis and audio II Pro-Day 3/4: Miami Hurricanes II Sunday NFL Combine Live Feed - Updated 5:00p