2012 NFL Draft Picks By Team: 49ers
Former Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins was a two-year starter with the Fightin' Illini. Using his elite speed, Jenkins was a top notch deep threat.
Jenkins relies on his athleticism to get open. He doesn't run clean routes and needs to focus on the finer details of the game. When not jammed at the line, he's a real handful. Most teams went after him with bump and run coverage, which threw off his timing and got him off his spot. Jenkins has above average hands and does well to catch the ball away from his body. He isn't a big leaper, but he's explosive and will usually come away with the ball.
Most of the concerns with Jenkins revolve around consistency and effort. He likes to use the same one or two moves to avoid the jam at the line, as an example. In the NFL, those kind of habits can lose games. He needs to learn how to play every snap hard. He gets off the line very well and has a clean change of direction. He has problems against physical corners who jam at the line. He has huge hands and almost always catches the ball away from his body.
Jenkins' ability to find the open spots in the zone and his speed will attract serious attention in the 2012 NFL Draft.... [Read More
University of Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James is an undersized prospect with quickness that will provide an exceptional change-of-pace presence in the NFL. James isn't a workhorse, yet that shouldn't be considered a big negative. Today's NFL revolves around players who excel in particular scenarios or niches.
James has good speed. He is more quick than fast and shows some seriously explosive elusiveness. He will get caught from behind on long runs. Offenses will need to get him the ball out in space since he doesn't do much to break free from tackles. He has great hands and can quickly turn upfield with the ball in his hands. James sometimes looks for the home run and needs to mature in the sense that he can't break every single play. James rarely churns his legs to get those small extra yards after contact.
There are some injury concerns with knee problems over the last two seasons. There are no structural knee concerns. He was also arrested on a domestic violence charge in 2010. James would make a great compliment back that will shine brightest on passing downs. He also has some limited experience on kick and punt returns.... [Read More
A team captain in his senior year, Robinson is an undersized safety prospect from Michigan State. Although he does have great speed, he may need to find a home as a nickel/dime cornerback since today's NFL safeties need to be able to cover tight ends and provide run support more often than not.
Robinson has a balanced game that relies heavily on quickness and speed. He does a good job recognizing routes and making breaks on the football while it travels in the air. He doesn't have great hands, but he does play like a ball hawk at times. Robinson will likely struggle if one-on-one during a 50/50 ball due to a lack of height and short arms. Longer receivers will give him problems.
When tackling, he is more than willing. Plays best when running downhill right at the action. Needs to get better at finding his lane and not getting overly aggressive.
In coverage, he's experienced at covering the slot. He can cover both the deep half with no issues. Hips are a little tight and lacks the footwork to keep his man close when in transition. Allows separation too often.
Robinson will need to contribute on special teams to keep a spot on a 52-man roster. In time, he could develop in... [Read More
A versatile defender, Johnson played linebacker in a 3-4 scheme during his first two seasons at Virginia. When the team moved to a 4-3, Johnson switched to defensive end as a junior. That's where he has seen most of his playing time, since he stepped into a full-time starting role in 2010. Johnson recorded 6.5 sacks that year and he is enjoying another solid campaign as a senior. He leads the Wahoos with 8.5 tackles for loss and three sacks in eight games (he has missed one of the team's nine games).
Johnson, a Washington, D.C. native, has great size at 6'4'' and 270 pounds. He is a slightly better fit a defensive end, where he currently lines up, because his best asset is size as opposed to speed. Johnson generally runs in the 4.7s in the 40-yard dash and he has been clocked at 4.67 from that distance. He can overpower lesser offensive tackles but will have to develop a go-to move or two as he heads to the next level. Johnson would also do well to improve his run defense skills. With a strong finish to the season and a decent combine, Johnson could be a second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.... [Read More