The adjectives to describe the Chicago Bears second round draft pick are some my favorite adjectives to use when describing an offensive lineman. Tough, nasty, physical, and aggressive is what you get when you throw on some Oklahoma State film and zero in on number 73, Teven Jenkins.
He plays the game with an edge, and when he met the media on Friday night he described what that means to him.
“My edge to me is about being able to finish anybody in the dirt,” Jenkins said as his mood became more animated. “I don’t care who you are lining up against me, I don’t care what you’re wearing against me, I don’t care who you are, I’m going to attack you.”
You get the sense that Jenkins would rather throw on the pads and punch someone in the mouth than sit in a press conference and talk about it.
“Basically I’m (going to) impose my will against another man and use that force against him until he gets worn out and tired,” Jenkins said. “And I don’t care how long it takes I’m (going to) do that 24/7 and I’m going to do that all game.”
Jenkins was mocked in the first round for the majority of the last few months, and he said he believes he’s a first round talent and he will use his slipping to the second round as a motivation going forward. “Everyone passed on me, 32 picks,” Jenkins said, “(I’ll) make sure everybody rues that day that they didn't want to pick me on the first day.”
He said he’s excited to be in the same draft class as his new teammate, quarterback Justin Fields, and he says that they’ll both be great for the city and great for the Bears, and he looks forward to playing in Chicago with him for a long time.
Jenkins takes the responsibility of protecting his quarterback very seriously and he perked up when asked to explain why.
“That’s the number one important thing to me,” Jenkins said. “The number one thing I’ve always learned is you keep your quarterback clean, and you always keep him upright. No matter what you have to do, be dirty, hold, what ever you gotta do. If anybody hits my quarterback after the play, that’s my problem, and not his. And that’s how I want to carry myself, that’s what I want to do and that’s the man I have to be.”
While most of his experience has been at right tackle, he does have experience on the left side and at guard, and he even started working on snapping to make himself more versatile.
You get a sense that he can’t wait to get started with the Bears and earn his place in the lineup.
You can check out the full press conference right here.
And his one on one interview with Lauren Screeden here.
You want even more about Teven Jenkins? Then check out Robert Schmitz on his Bear With Me podcast for some instant reaction, and he’s joined by our Draftnik Trifecta of Jacob Infante, EJ Snyder, and Danny Meehan.