With the 44th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers selected Elgton Jenkins, OL, Mississippi State.
This pick makes sense. The Packers need to protect Aaron Rodgers and they need depth on their offensive line to do so. With guard Cole Madison coming back to the Packers that also adds depth so this pick only helps the Packers. Aaron Rodgers is 35 and he won’t be the quarterback of 2010 anymore, so keeping him stable in the pocket will be key moving forward.
Jenkins comes with a lot of consistency throughout his college career at Mississippi State. He started in all 26 regular season games throughout his Junior and Senior seasons, piling up various awards along the way. To name a few, he won the Kent Hull Trophy (top OL at Mississippi) as well as offensive lineman of the week various times. Jenkins did not give up a sack in his first 9 games of his senior season and committed just one penalty while doing so.
The Packers have drafted offensive lineman more in the mid rounds of the draft in the past, but they see potential in Jenkins as someone who can make an immediate impact or at least fill in along the offensive line when needed. Jenkins will not be a three to a four-year developmental offensive lineman.
When talking with the Packers on the phone, Jenkins had a lot of emotion in his voice, a testament to his commitment to the game of football.
On whats it means to be a Green Bay Packer, Jenkins said, “Going to give them everything I got”. Jenkins surely showed his commitment at Mississippi State.
Going from blocking for (now) Cowboys QB Dak Prescott to Aaron Rodgers, Jenkins said Rodgers “is a great QB” and “I want to help the team, I want to win a Super Bowl”.
Jenkins also declared that he is quick on his feet and will be able to make that transition from center to guard, specifically right guard. He played 26 games at center for Miss State, starting all of them. In the transitional period, Jenkins said, “I feel like I have to crisp up on my technique, and I think I will be good”. The Packers already have a solid center in Corey Linsley, so it would be no surprise to see Jenkins at right guard, where Byron Bell struggled just last season.
One major relationship that will be helpful in the transition from Mississippi State to Green Bay will be the fact that Luke Getsy, former Packers Wide Receiver coach, spent a year with Mississippi State as their offensive coordinator. Now the Packers quarterback’s coach, Getsy will get to help Jenkins transition to the NFL.
When asked about his relationship with Luke Getsy last year, Jenkins said, “He (Getsy) is a real good coach, he is always bringing energy to the locker room, Getsy was my guy last year”.
This pick helps solidify the Packers offensive line depth, and Jenkins should be an immediate help.