Washington Redskins Draft: Breaking Down Brandon Jenkins' Potential Impact

Dilan Ames@@DilanAmesNFLCorrespondent IApril 27, 2013

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The Washington Redskins used one of their fifth-round picks in the 2013 NFL draft on former Florida State DE/OLB Brandon Jenkins, a great pass-rushing prospect. Jenkins was selected with the 162nd overall pick, and may make more of a dent on defense for the Redskins than many people expect.

Last year, when star pass-rusher Brian Orakpo went down with injury, the Redskins got some production out of backup Rob Jackson, but Orakpo was definitely missed. 

While Jenkins surely isn’t at the same level ‘Rak is, he is still an intriguing guy. 

When looking at the tape, there is a lot to like about Jenkins. He has a great motor and is quick off the snap. He also has ideal size for a 3-4 outside linebacker, which is likely what he will play in Washington. 

His first really impressive year in college came in 2010 when he tallied 13.5 sacks as well as 21.5 tackles for loss. Because of his breakout season, Jenkins became a main focus of offensive coordinators, causing his numbers to decrease. 

Even so, he had eight sacks and helped his teammate Bjoern Werner put up some big numbers by drawing double-teams more often. 

Before missing the majority of the 2012 season with injury, he was largely considered to be a first- or second-round pick. 

Now that he is healthy, he could really be a steal for the Redskins. 

While his value is mainly as a pass-rusher, he is also a great run defender. He has tremendous upper-body strength, which allows him to break off from blocks and tackle the ball-carrier/passer. 

He possesses great quickness for a guy of his stature and almost looks like an Orakpo replica at times. 

Although both OLB spots are filled with veterans like Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, Jenkins will likely get playing time as a rotational player starting out until he can earn a more prominent role.

Picking up a player of this caliber in the fifth round will pay off for the Redskins, big-time.