Packer Profiles: Elgton Jenkins

February 17, 2022
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Over the last decade, perhaps the biggest issue plaguing the Packers was the injury bug. Nowhere more than on the offensive line unit. Several of the last ten seasons have seen a patchwork offensive line doing their best to keep Aaron Rodger’s jersey clean. When the NFL draft rolled around in 2019, the Packers’ front office, led by Brian Gutekunst, looked to bolster the depth of the front unit. With the 44th pick of the draft, the Packers selected Mississippi State lineman Elgton Jenkins.

Mississippi State

Lining up for the Bulldogs from 2016 to 2018, Jenkins was part of a unit that held their own in the ever-challenging SEC. QB Nick Fitzgerald passed an average of just under 2,000 yards a season in that three-year period. In that same timeframe, Mississippi State averaged 418.9 yards per game. While not the top of the pack, so to speak, it is definitely a solid, consistent showing from year to year. Elgton Jenkins declared for the draft after the 2018 season.

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NFL Combine

Measuring in at 6 feet, 4 inches, and 310 pounds, Jenkins certainly looked the part of a stalwart offensive lineman. However, when there are defensive linemen clocking 4.41-second 40-yard dashes, like Jenkins’ Bulldog teammate Montez Sweat, you can’t just be big. You also have to be quick. Jenkins recorded a 5.10-second 40-yard dash, a 4.62-second 20-yard shuttle, and a 7.77 second 3 cone drill. All fairly quick for a man of his size. Come draft night, it was exactly what got him drafted.

Career So Far

Rookie Season

At the start of his rookie year, Elgton Jenkins was listed as a backup lineman. Prior to Week 3, OL Lane Taylor suffered an injury. Jenkins made his first start and began what would be an incredible year for the rookie. Playing 571 pass-blocking snaps over the course of the season, Jenkins did not allow Rodgers to be sacked on his watch. The Pro Football Writers Association voted him onto their All-Rookie team.

2020 & 2021 Seasons

Over the course of the last two seasons, Elgton Jenkins has proven incredibly versatile, essentially becoming a plug-and-play lineman. Being able to play every position on the offensive line has its advantages. The Packers can put him in the spot he’s needed most, and still have depth enough to adequately cover the rest of the line. In 2020, Jenkins got his first career Pro Bowl nod.

In the midst of a stellar 2021 season, Jenkins tore an ACL. That injury really began to test the depth of the line, with both Elgton Jenkins and David Bakhtiari (at the time) out for the season.

Wrap Up

Elgton Jenkins has been an incredible addition to the Packers’ offensive line. From the moment of his first start, he made an incredible impact. He has quickly made a name for himself around the league and is consistently among Pro Football Focus’ highest-graded offensive linemen in the league.

With his contract expiring after the 2022 season, his on-field performance has me wishing the Packers could have 5 of him on the roster at all times.