Replacing a Great: Jordan Jenkins
When Jarvis Jones declared for the NFL, Georgia fans knew it was coming.
After all, he had become the all-time sacks leader at Georgia in just two years and had simply been a beast on the field.
This year, Jordan Jenkins steps into Jones' shoes as he will take the outside "rush" linebacker position once inhabited by Jones.
So, what are Georgia fans to expect from Jenkins?
To really appreciate Jenkins, one must know a little bit about him.
Jenkins was a five-star defenisve end out of Harris County (Ga.) High School. He picked Georgia over Alabama in 2012, something that was rarely seen from in the 2013 class.
As Rusty Mansell of 247 Sports told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution when Jenkins originally committed to the Bulldogs:
“Jordan Jenkins has NFL talent written all over him. He had to play a lot of different positions in high school, wherever they needed him. In college, he will be able to focus on rushing the passer. That’s his specialty, and people get paid a lot of money to do that in the NFL.”
So, the aim was for Jenkins to replace Jones at the right time...which is now.
Jenkins has the same pedigree as Jones. He has a relentless ability to get to whomever has the ball. Whether it's a quarterback or running back on the edge, Jenkins is going to get there.
As Jones told ESPN's David Ching, he sees a lot of himself in Jenkins:
"He's got a high motor. He loves the game. You can tell he's passionate about the game and he's relentless. Like I'll be trying to teach him now and try to walk through drills and he's going full speed. So I can see that in myself."
And Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham had a multitude of good things to say about the rising sophomore as well.
"He has all the tools you look for in an edge rusher as far as burst, hips, ability to get a guy on the edge, but because of his size, he has the ability to convert to power when needed. That's what separates really good pass-rushers, and he's got a feel for how to do it."
When you're getting praise like that from those two, that's saying something.
Nobody is expecting for Jenkins to put up Jones-like numbers in his first year as a full-time starter. However, it wouldn't surprise me to see him approach the 15 sacks we saw from Jones in 2012.
Jenkins will have his opportunities. The only question is will he make the most of them?
He has the ability to be as good, if not better than Jones. Now, he just has to go out and prove it on the field.