Oklahoma State right tackle Teven Jenkins was the first Cowboys player off the board in the 2021 NFL Draft, as the Chicago Bears took Jenkins No. 39 overall on Friday.
Jenkins wrapped up his Oklahoma State career in 2020 as he and the Cowboys went 8-3 overall, 6-3 in the Big 12 and earned a berth in the Cheez-It Bowl. He also earned All-Big 12 First-Team honors.
Jenkins spent four seasons with the Cowboys and emerged as a full-time starter in 2018, when he split time between right and left tackle. That season he earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors, and he did so again in 2019 when he started all 12 games for the Cowboys at right tackle. That season Jenkins earned the OSU Thurman Thomas Award for the team’s outstanding offensive player.
NFLDraftBible.com, part of the Sports Illustrated network of sites, calls Jenkins ‘arguably the most underrated offensive lineman in the 2021 draft.’ and wrote that his ‘combination of size, athleticism and physicality that could allow him to be in the first-round conversation.’
‘Jenkins has an intriguing level of athletic traits to transition smoothly to what can be a difficult ascension to the next level. He boasts a powerfully well-put frame that is well proportioned throughout, hitting all the desired size thresholds. Jenkins keeps his pads square, locking into his power while also staying balanced. In the run game, Jenkins takes some great angles of attack. With suitable hand placement, he has the lower body power to consistently dig and drive players out of the hole. He possesses active feet, routinely finishing opposing defenders on the ground. Jenkins is an easy mover to the second level and in space, showcasing to be a plus athlete for the position.’
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