Scout's Notebook: WR Michael Jenkins

With former first-round pick Michael Jenkins, the Vikings added a tall, productive receiver who was familiar with the offense being installed by new coordinator Bill Musgrave.

#84, Michael Jenkins, WR
(6046, 214, 4.42-4.56) Ohio State

Notes: Born 6/18/82 in Tampa, Florida, where he attended A.P. Leto High School. Married, has one son. Donated football uniforms to his high school alma mater in 2008.

College: Three-year starter for the Buckeyes, catching 165 passes for 2,898 yards (17.6 avg.) and 16 touchdowns in his career. Had at least one catch in 38 consecutive games and helped the Buckeyes win the 2002 BCS National Championship at the 2003 Fiesta Bowl. Also saw some action on punt returns.

Pre-Draft: Measured 6046 (6’-4 ¾”), 217 pounds, 5.9% body fat…33-inch arms…10-inch hands…ran between 4.38-4.48…4.30 short shuttle…6.91 three cone…34-inch vertical jump…10’-6” broad jump…20 Wonderlic score.

Pro: A first-round draft choice (No. 29 overall) by the Atlanta Falcons in 2004. Was the sixth WR selected, behind Larry Fitzgerald (No. 3 by Arizona), Roy Williams (No. 7 by Detroit), Reggie Williams (No. 9 by Jacksonville), Lee Evans (No. 13 by Buffalo) and Michael Clayton (No. 15 by Tampa Bay).

Played in all 16 games, but did not start, as a rookie in 2004, catching seven passes for 119 yards (17.0 average). Moved into the starting lineup after free agent bust Peerless Price was released in 2005; started 12 of 14 games and caught 36-508-3 (14.1 avg.). Started all 16 games in 2006; caught 39-436-7 (11.2 avg.). Started 6 of 15 games in 2007; caught 53-532-4 (10.0 avg.). Started 12 of 16 games in 2008; caught 50-777-3 (15.5 avg.). Started 9 of 15 games (missed one game with an ankle injury) in 2009; caught 50-635-1 (12.7 avg.). Slowed by a 4-6 week shoulder injury sustained early in training camp and a quadriceps injury late in the year, he started 9 of 11 games in 2010; caught 41-505-2 (12.3 avg.). Including playoffs, he caught 47-572 with just one dropped pass all season.

After trading away much of their draft to select Alabama rookie Julio Jones, the Falcons released Jenkins on July 29, 2011. He was signed to a three-year contract by the Vikings the next day. Jenkins has reportedly looked sharp in organized player workouts during the lockout and reported to Minnesota in terrific shape.

Positives: Tall, angular receiver with deceptive, gliding speed. Solid all-around player. Consistent competitor. Not considered a true deep threat, yet he does make some plays downfield. Generally a reliable, sure-handed receiver. Has the size to go up and get the ball. Can catch inside and make difficult catches. Runs well after the catch. Effective downfield blocker. Understands the system and can line up at all four receiver positions.

Negatives: Does not have great suddenness. Is not particularly explosive into and out of his breaks. Needs to build speed and is not a game-breaking home-run threat. Doesn’t stand out or dominate.

Summary: Can play all the team’s receiver spots and will likely contribute as the No. 3 receiver with the Vikings.

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