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Georgia nose tackle addresses his NFL future

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Earlier this month, Georgia nose tackle John Jenkins (pictured, No. 6) requested an evaluation from NFL scouts as he tested his draft status, leading some to believe that perhaps his one year in Athens would be his only.

According to Jenkins, that’s not going to be the case. Jenkins confirmed to reporters while in Tampa in perpetration for the Outback Bowl that he would be back for one more year with the Bulldogs.

I just wanted to go through the process,” Jenkins said. “You never know until you do it where you stand.”

Apparently, not high enough. Jenkins said he hadn’t received his draft evaluation yet, but he didn’t get the indication he was  first-round material. Yet.

“I belong at Georgia another year,” said Jenkins. “I believe at the end of next year I’d have no choice but to be ready.”

His defensive coordinator, Todd Grantham, agreed.

“If you’re not a top 15 pick you should stay in school,” Grantham said. “If you’re a top 15 pick, the amount of money that you make you can justify it. But if you’re not, you should work to become that.

Jenkins has 28 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, three sacks and 10 quarterback pressures this season on a defense that played much better — albeit against teams that struggled offensively — down the stretch of the 2011 season.

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2 Responses to “Georgia nose tackle addresses his NFL future”
  1. woebegong says: Dec 30, 2011 1:31 PM

    I think it is a pretty good move by the young man. Only one year of Division one football, even in the SEC, is not enough to insure you are ready for the NFL. If he continues his progress, this year at his position, he could be a much higher pick in the 2013 NFL draft class.

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Dec 30, 2011 3:13 PM

    Wise move, John! The Dawgs need you another year, and you need the Dawgs another year, that is a win-win. UGA is poised to compete again for the SEC East and maybe back again to Atlanta for the SEC championship game. The higher they go, the higher his stock goes as well. This was a smart move by Jenkins all around. He really seems to have a good head on his shoulders.

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