The Miami Dolphins selected former Florida Gators linebacker Jelani Jenkins with the 104th overall selection during the fourth round of the National Football League Draft on Saturday.
Jenkins, who decided to leave school after his junior season, was regarded as one the nation's best coverage linebackers by ESPN analyst Todd McShay. In three seasons at Florida, Jenkins racked up 182 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks and three interceptions.
It was thought the 6-0, 237-pound Jenkins would return to school for his senior season after missing extended time last year with several injuries, including a broken thumb, pulled hamstring and a broken bone in his foot.
Still, in Jenkins, the Dolphins get a smart, athletic linebacker who put up 27 repetitions of 225 pounds at the combine. There are some durability concerns, but that's it. Jenkins has the makeup of a longtime pro.