Plenty left to prove at pro day

Plenty left to prove at pro day

CLEMSON - During last week's pro day, Jarvis Jenkins wanted to improve on a few numbers from the combine in Indianapolis.

He did just that back home in Clemson.

Priority No. 1, more reps of 225 on the bench press.

"Obviously, I didn't get the numbers I wanted to on bench. At the combine, I only got 17. I improved on that [23 at pro day]," Jenkins said. "In the 40, I ran a 4.98 at the combine. I knew I was better than that. I had to do that over. I think my best was 4.94. I improved on my broad jump, from 8.2 to 8.7. My vertical was 26 at the combine. It was 28½ today. I got better in the numbers I wanted to get better at."

Jenkins said it was the non-football combine events that slowed held him back on the bench press.

"I just let all the non-football stuff get to me," he said. "All the MRIs and all the meetings, everything just drained me out.

"When I got to the bench, I didn't rely on my technique. I wasn't breathing between each rep…it showed."

And there's plenty of poking, prodding and questioning before the lifts, exercises and drills.

"There are six rooms and, like 12 doctors in each room. You've got to go to the doctors and fill out paperwork. You're going to spend about an hour or two in each room with each doctor," Jenkins said. "It's hectic with that, just going through your medical history, answering the questions over and over, getting an MRI in each room, getting a CAT scan from each room, X-ray from each room. You're going to be in the hospital, basically all day. Then, with the meetings, [I] met with about 17 teams. It took about 2½ to 3 hours."

He felt prepared for the meetings and questions with front office personnel from each team. But there was one question that threw him for a loop.

"I knew all of it was coming," Jenkins said. "The only surprise that was me, ‘Why didn't I have as many sacks as Da'Quan [Bowers].'

"I was like, ‘Man, I could have more sacks than I did. Things just didn't go my way. But Da'Quan is Da'Quan.' That's all I could tell them. That was the one question that they asked me that I wasn't ready for."

Projected as a three-technique defensive tackle, the area he could stand the most improvement—rushing the passer. And he's very well aware of that.

"That's all I've got to work on. Run stopping, I've got that down pat," Jenkins said.

So far, the Panthers, Patriots and Seahawks have expressed the most interest.

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