I have a few guys to talk about so I’ll make these write-ups a bit shorter.
Could be a great fit for the Eagles. Jenkins won’t command mega-bucks. He is a good player and has the size and versatility that I think will attract Chip Kelly and Bill Davis.
Jenkins was used all over the field by the Saints. He played centerfield, in the box, in the slot and even some outside CB. You have to love the fact you can put him in these roles and he’s talented enough to get the job done. The downside…there is nothing great about Jenkins. He lacks the pop of TJ Ward as a hitter. He lacks the ball skills of Jairus Byrd.
Jenkins is a solid hitter and tackler. He’s aggressive and will hit runners/receivers. He takes good angles to the ball. Jenkins looks comfortable playing in traffic or out in space. There were a couple of plays where he made tackles downfield that prevented TDs. This is the most under-appreciated role a Safety plays. Even if you get the guy down at the 1-yard line, make the offense earn the TD.
In the first Carolina game, Jenkins lined up at CB on a play inside the 10-yard line. He pressed and did a solid job. He regularly played in the slot. Eagles coaches could really value that. Brandon Boykin didn’t have a true backup last year. No one was a good slot guy other than him. That’s why you saw Patrick Chung forced into action there a couple of times.
Jenkins is a good leader. The Saints developed a pair of young Safeties last year. That makes him expendable, but you can bet he helped those players develop. The Eagles have 2nd year players in Earl Wolff and Keelan Johnson. They are basically a lock to draft at least one Safety this spring. Jenkins could help bring those players along. Jenkins played on good teams in New Orleans and back at Ohio State. I think he would fit in well with Kelly and the program he’s developing in Philly.
Mitchell was a 2nd round pick of the Raiders back in 2009. The pick was so unexpected that Mike Mayock basically said “Who?” Mitchell had a great Pro Day workout and a couple of teams loved his athletic ability. The Raiders were the first to pull the trigger. Mitchell had a non-descript career there, but had a breakout year for Carolina in 2013.
4 sacks, 4 INTs, 2 FFs, 9 PDs
Those are elite numbers. But the game tape doesn’t show Mitchell to be an elite player. Good. Talented. Not elite. Last year was a bit of an anomaly. The Panthers had a great season on defense and Mitchell posted great numbers. The team who signs him can’t count on that production.
Mitchell played deep Safety a lot for Carolina. He has pretty good range. He’s got some pop as a hitter, but isn’t an impact hitter. Solid tackler. He will come down aggressively to help vs the run. Showed okay man cover skills when going up against TEs.
I liked what I saw from Mitchell and have definite interest, but he does need the right pieces around him. If Carolina offers him decent money, he’d be wise to stay there. He’s clearly a great fit for them.
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DE Michael Johnson – Many ask about him. Johnson is a better run defender than pass rusher. I’m sure the Eagles love his length, but I see a 4-3 DE and not a 3-4 OLB.
DE Everson Griffen – Only a backup in MIN so I need to watch him more, but he would be risky. Griffen would be new to the team, the scheme, the role of LB and being a starter. That’s a lot of change. Can you pay that guy big bucks? Too much risk for me. I would have interest in him if the price were right, but I’ve got a feeling a 4-3 team will offer him good money.