After a whole lot of waiting and numerous draft day deals around the league, the San Francisco 49ers finally got their chance to make a pick. With the No. 30 pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, the 49ers selected wide receiver A.J. Jenkins out of Illinois. Ummm, ok.
I won't say this is a good or bad pick because it really is more just a really surprising pick. Jenkins put together a very strong 2011 season at Illinois, finishing with 90 receptions for 1,276 yards and 8 touchdowns. He ran a strong 40, but is a rather small guy and it just seems kinda bizarre. Looking over a scouting report on Jenkins indicates a guy who the team seemingly could have acquired with a later pick, whether it be by moving down or simply using a later pick on him.
Here are a few thoughts from the SI.com scouting report:
Positives: Adequately sized wideout with a polished game. Smooth releasing off the line into pass routes, displays good quickness and the ability to get separation from defenders. Extends his hands to make the reception away from his frame and effectively adjusts to errant throws ... Comes back to the ball out of breaks and uses his frame to shield away defenders. Consistently finds the open space on the field. Holds onto the ball after taking big hits.
Negatives: Lacks a second gear and does not play to his 40 time. Average skill running after the catch.
All I can say is for those that trust in Harbaalke, this is certainly an interesting selection.