Other than Alabama running back Najee Harris, no player has been projected to the Pittsburgh Steelers more often than Oklahoma State offensive tackle Tevin Jenkins.
Pro Football Focus is the latest outlet, projecting Jenkins to the Steelers at No. 24 in their latest mock draft.
“The draft seems to be littered this year with teams needing a starting left tackle, and the Steelers are in a worse position than most to find one, picking 24th overall,” PFF’s Sam Monson writes. “With three tackles already gone at this point, they grab Tevin Jenkins as the best fit at the position.”
According to Monson, Jenkins just fits in Pittsburgh.
“He just feels like a typical Steelers player, regularly burying defenders in the run game — a trait the team has lacked in recent seasons.”
Measuring in at 6-foot-6, 320 pounds, Jenkins saw action all along the Cowboys’ offensive line, but predominantly spent time at right tackle.
Jenkins made 35 starts over his Oklahoma State career, and was a standout pass blocker in their Air Raid scheme. He was similarly stout as a run blocker, as the Cowboys eclipsed 2,000 yards in each season of his tenure in Stillwater.
Jenkins started the first eight games of the season for the Cowboys in 2020, but opted out the remainder of the year with a lower back injury.
The 2021 NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 29 in Cleveland.