If you are a college football fan who was paying attention the first half of the season, A.J. Jenkins should be on your radar.
The 6-1 senior from Jacksonville, Florida exploded onto the national college football scene with 815 receiving yards and seven touchdowns over Illinois' six game win streak to start the season and looked like a sure thing to be drafted in the first few rounds of this year's draft.
He was averaging 135.8 yards per game, good enough for tops in the nation in total receiving yards and touchdowns in that historic stretch for Illinois.
Then the dark times.
For those of you that don't know, Illinois finished the second half of the season 0-6, and an anemic offense was largely to blame.
Fortunately for Jenkins, the blame for that meltdown does not lie on his shoulders, but on the offense's inability to get him the ball and offensive coordinator, Paul Petrino's, pathetic excuse for play-calling.
Some will argue that Jenkins is simply a product of the system. But if you watch the game film, you see explosive breaks, impressive speed, and crisp route running coupled with sticky, sure hands. That combination should ensure that Jenkins gets serious looks this spring with a potential invite to the NFL combine in Indianapolis.
Draft Prediction: third or fourth round