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Gary Jennings Should Be a Late Round Target

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Gary Jennings, WR
School: West Virginia | Conference: Big 12
College Experience: Senior | Age: 21?
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 214 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 4th - 7th Round
NFL Comparison: Martavis Bryant

College Statistics

Player Overview

Out of high school in Virginia, Gary Jennings earned both All State defensive (safety) and second team All State offensive (WB, WR) honors before committing to West Virginia University to play WR. In his freshman and sophomore seasons, his primary contribution was on special teams, as the team’s top punt returner. In his junior year, he started as wide receiver and played well enough - collecting the 4th most receptions in the country (97) - to earn second team All Big 12 honors, and was named the team’s Offensive Player of the Year. During his senior season, his production was hampered by a high ankle sprain in the second half of the season. Even so, he collected 54 receptions for 917 yards and an impressive 13 TDs. That production earned him honorable mention All Big 12 recognition. He was invited to the Senior Bowl and performed effectively there as well. David Sills V has been the focus of most of the draft talk around WVU wide receivers, but Gary Jennings should be the player we’re concentrating on.

Strengths

  • Good hands. Infrequent drops.
  • Ability to be a vertical threat.
  • Has good speed.
  • Strong as a ball carrier and blocker.
  • Can contest catches successfully with size.
  • Great athletic measurables

Weaknesses

  • Not overly elusive.
  • Played primarily from the slot.
  • Needs to work on horizontal breaks.
  • Can take time to get up to speed.
  • Needs to work on refining route running ability

Let’s see his work

How He Would Fit On The Redskins

A deep target with great hands and the ability to win contested catches? It’s not clear to me why this guy isn’t being talked about more. He has absolutely been overshadowed by his teammate, David Sills V, who had two more touchdowns and a few more yards than Jennings in 2018, but who is also being talked about as going a couple of rounds earlier. I think that - straight up - Jennings is likely to be the more successful of the two. An interesting analysis I came across recently placed Jennings as the #1 WR sleeper in the draft based in part on his very high catch rate (73%) and “marginal efficiency,” which is a metric that takes overall success rate and adjusts it for down, distance, and field position. On this marginal efficiency metric, Jennings finished behind only Marquise Brown, Terry McLaurin, and Riley Ridley in 2018. Much hand wringing has occurred over the Redskins’ current WR situation, and I’ve made my feelings on drafting a WR early abundantly clear. A player like Jennings could immediately assist on special teams and is capable of competing in training camp for a starting WR role on this team.

Poll

Would you be willing to use a 5th round pick on Gary Jennings?

This poll is closed

  • 72%
    Yes, make it so.
    (129 votes)
  • 23%
    No, but I’d use a 6th rounder.
    (41 votes)
  • 2%
    I’d consider a 7th rounder.
    (5 votes)
  • 1%
    I’m not interested.
    (2 votes)
177 votes total Vote Now