- Nathaniel Cline
220lb Safety Rayshawn Jenkins may fit Hybrid Safety/Linebacker role for NFL Teams
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Get to know Hurricanes free safety Rayshawn Jenkins in this NFL Draft capsule.
Name: Rayshawn Jenkins
Position: Free safety
Height/weight: 6-1, 220
Year: Redshirt senior
Pros: "So much has been made of the Cleveland Browns adding a hybrid safety that can also operate as a linebacker. The Los Angeles Rams did it with Mark Barron and while it appears that Jamie Collins will take over that role, the Browns still may want to add a player in that mold that can play on special teams and be a package player.
"Rayshawn Jenkins actually measured in heavier at the Senior Bowl than his listed weight and looks the part already. He appears more than capable to play at the second level and performed a lot of linebacker type roles while he played for the Hurricanes. Jenkins, in many ways, operated as a run and chase linebacker, who showed good range and is physical, unafraid to take on blockers.
"None of that means Jenkins can't still get looks as a deep safety, but it's just one more option with him."
Cons: "Was active in run support during the week. Takes good angles. A big safety with good initial movement. Above average ball skills. Shows some hesitation in zone coverage with route recognition. Was beaten at times on corner routes in practice. Has matchup ability but must be more consistent." (Our Lads)
Projection: Fourth round.