ATHENS — Former Georgia linebacker Jordan Jenkins now has a home in the NFL. The second Georgia player selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, Jenkins was taken in the third round with the 83rd overall pick by the New York Jets.
Jenkins was projected as a third-round pick by NFL.com earlier in the week.
A graduate of Harris County High School in south Georgia, Jenkins was a three-year full-time starter at Georgia, as well as six games as a freshman. He finished his career with 19 sacks, 40 tackles for loss and 82 QB pressures.
Most of the time, Jenkins played outside linebacker in a pass-rushing and run-stopping role. But he also sometimes lined up at defensive end, something he could be asked to do at the NFL level in certain situations.
While his statistical production dropped as a senior, and his career-high was only five sacks, Jenkins dealt with a hip injury as a senior, and he and fellow outside linebacker Leonard Floyd also got special attention from SEC offenses.