The Kansas City Chiefs waived former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver A.J. Jenkins on Tuesday, the team announced. Jenkins, a former first-round pick by San Francisco, has done little in his three seasons in the league as a change in scenery didn't result in some massive increase in production.
Though technically, I suppose that's not entirely true, as Jenkins didn't catch a single pass in his rookie season for the 49ers, and did manage to put up 17 receptions for 223 yards for the Chiefs in 2013 and 2014. That is, definitively more than zero receptions for zero yards. This is verifiable fact.
Jenkins was traded to the Chiefs in exchange for another first-round draft bust Jon Baldwin. The 49ers kept Baldwin in 2013, but released him before the start of last season. Needless to say, the 30th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft was a definite miss from general manager Trent Baalke.
It's all the more relevant at this point, given that the 49ers are widely expected to use a first-round pick on a wide receiver this year. The last three receivers the team picked in the first round have been disappointing, to varying degrees. Rashaun Woods was a disaster, Jenkins was as well and Michael Crabtree never lived up to his hype and is about to hit the open market, where it's expected he'll sign with another team.
Hopefully, the 49ers make a better decision this time around. Jenkins was a surprise pick -- I'd be shocked if anybody actually thought the 49ers would take him in the first round. Many thought he'd be available much later, though as usual, anonymous sources did imply at the time that another team was set to draft him and the 49ers got him.
I'm conflicted on the pick, as I am firmly of the opinion that if "your guy" is there, you should get him no matter what. Don't trade back five spots because it doesn't align with some arbitrary valuation chart or something along those lines. But man, was Jenkins a terrible draft pick.