Many are predicting Oklahoma State football offensive lineman Teven Jenkins to go in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, a potential Cowboy first since 2014.
Oklahoma State offensive lineman Teven Jenkins should hear his name called in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, according to several draft analysts. ESPN’s Todd McShay lists Jenkins as the No. 25 overall pick to the Jaguars (via the Rams), as added protection for presumed No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence. The latest CBS mock draft slots Jenkins at No. 20 overall to the Bears.
In both of these drafts, OSU wide receiver Tylan Wallace is predicted to go in the second round.
Jenkins is a 6-foot-6, 320-pound departing redshirt senior who was a rock-solid presence on the OSU offensive line, mainly as a right tackle. His 2020 season ended early after he left November’s Bedlam game with an injury. He had started every game that appeared in, 25 in all, as a sophomore and a junior in 2018 and 2019.
The Topeka, Kansas native would be the first Cowboy to go in the NFL Draft’s first round since the Cleveland Browns selected OSU cornerback Justin Gilbert at No. 8 overall. Gilbert started only three games in his brief NFL career and hasn’t played since 2016, when he played in 12 games for the Steelers.
In a statistical oddity, OSU defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah went at No. 32 overall to the Browns in the 2016 NFL Draft, but it was the first pick of the second round — the Patriots had to forfeit their selection that year, causing the first round to contain only 31 picks.
Jenkins would be the sixth OSU player to go in the NFL Draft’s first round under head coach Mike Gundy. This is the longest stretch during Gundy’s time to go without a first-round choice, though besides Ogbah, wide receiver James Washington also went in the second round at No. 60 overall to the Steelers in 2018.
Jenkins is also projected to be the first OSU offensive lineman to be drafted since Russell Okung went at No. 6 overall to the Seahawks in 2010.