Jauan Jennings Player Profile
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The ultimate competitor. Alvin Kamara, Derek Barnett, Preston Williams, Joshua Dobbs, these are just some of the names that Jauan Jennings was able to play with and learn from at his time with Tennessee. Recently in an interview, I was able to see the human side of Jennings, where he confidently talks about everything from his Tennessee legacy to “the incident”. Jennings has been around the block during his college career having dealt with a major injury, having been apart of controversy, and having “two of the most talked about plays” under his belt. Jennings sneaky football athleticism, the willingness to play wherever on the field, and immense leadership will get him drafted to a NFL team with a veteran receiving core. Let’s dive into the pros, cons, expectations, and landing spots of the man who leaves Tennessee with high hopes and dreams for the NFL.
Pros: Jennings is just a real physical runner and football player that doesn’t like to take no for an answer and for sure doesn’t like to lose. On the field you’ll almost see him play with this mean look, a real chip on his shoulder all the time because he knows that “no one is gonna give me anything, gotta go get it with my own two hands and feet”. I mean you gotta think about the talent, he’s been playing with in the SEC for the last five seasons. Everything on tape I see shows me good football player that has a rare and unique balance and body control while being an aggressive football wide receiver. With the ball in his hands Jennings will turn up the field with force, carefully making defenders miss and extending the play. Something I find intriguing is that Jennings enters the draft as one of the few players that has a passing, rushing, and of course receiving touchdown under his belt. That will speak volumes to how NFL teams use him at the next level. Recently, at the Senior Bowl we saw Jennings put up some stellar highlights in the one on one drills where personally for me one in particular stands out. The route is just a simple go route and since Jennings isn’t the fastest, the defensive back is obviously right there in his back pocket but he pushes him off at the last moment to jump up and make a beautiful catch that led to a score.
Cons: Speed is the name of the game as we all know, so when you watch Jennings don’t expect that typical burner or speedster we’ve all come to love in the NFL. In fact, Jennings just might be one of the slowest wide receiver prospects in this class. Of course, since he is not the fastest receiver then there are some natural separation issues that really just cause two problems in a NFL career. The first will be that he’ll have a target on his back and not a good one. Teams will understand that when he’s in the game they can just place a solid man to man corner on him, which nine out of ten times will result in a pass breakup. College strength and NFL strength are two different things because in the NFL you’re working with the best of the best. On top of that, Jennings entire career could be better off as a slot receiver which would of course limit his use on field. The worst thing for any raw prospect that isn’t going in the first or second round is for them to slip under the cracks and be remembered for what they couldn’t do. Special teams will become the biggest x-factor for Jennings. The most valuable trait of Jennings is his ability to make defenders miss with the ball in his hands, but you can’t really do that without getting the ball in your hands.
Comparison/Expectations: As much as I love the story and the effort on every play that Jennings brings to the table, I don’t expect his career to pan out well. It’s all about landing spot though, so if Jennings can get drafted into a well formed wide receiver room that is able to teach him how to separate at the next level then things would change for me. After examining the teams around the league that could use someone like Jennings, I instantly found myself gravitating towards the New York Giants and what they are trying to accomplish with Daniel Jones. The Giants really have a underrated receiving core when healthy plus if you factor in Saquon Barkley, who will bring in passes as well, Jennings wouldn’t be asked to come in and make anything big happen right away. New head coach Joe Judge enters with three Super Bowl rings and experience training wide receivers/special team all the way back to his time at the University of Alabama. With Judges ties to the SEC, I believe that Jennings would be the perfect prospect that could come in and learn how to compete, learn a winning culture, and provide special teams assistance.