Posted: 12:54 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013
By Jason Lieser
Florida OLB Jelani Jenkins opted to skip his senior season, and the payoff on that decision came today when the Miami Dolphins took him in the fourth round.
Miami took Jenkins at No. 104, making him the fifth Gator chosen this year.
One of the main concerns about Jenkins is his health. He missed time last season due to a broken bone in his right thumb, a pulled left hamstring and a broken bone in his right foot.
In nine games, he had 29 tackles and an interception. His most memorable play came Nov. 10 in the final seconds against Louisiana-Lafayette. With the game tied at 20, Florida’s Loucheiz Purifoy blocked a punt and deflected the ball to Jenkins. He returned it 36 yards for a touchdown.
In his three seasons with the Gators, he started 29 games and had 182 tackles, including 16.5 for loss. He had six sacks and three interceptions.