The 49ers pulled off another first round shocker in the NFL draft tonight by selecting wide receiver AJ Jenkins out of Illinois with the 30th pick. Most draft experts and fans alike believed that Jenkins would have been available in round two and some even thinking he could slip into round three as well. Still on the board were tight end Coby Fleener from Stanford who some thought Yarbrough would draft if he were still available as well as wide receiver Stephen Hill from Georgia Tech who also ran a 4.3 in the 40 yard dash and is four inches taller than Jenkins.
AJ Jenkins is expected to be used as a slot receiver where his 4.3 speed and his shifty size can be used to the maximum in a West Coast offense. In his collegiate career Jenkins had 167 receptions for 2432 yards and 19 touchdowns. This past season he hauled in 90 receptions for 8 touchdowns and 1276 yards. Jenkins strengths are his abilities to get off the line of scrimmage and reach his top speed quickly and separate from defenders. His weaknesses are his inability to get yards after the catch and break many tackles, he is also not known for his blocking abilities and has been criticized for being like his new teammate Randy Moss and taking plays off on occasion.
Rounds 2 and 3 may bring even more surprises as the 49ers hold the 29th pick in the second round and the 29th pick in the third round.