With the college football season winding down, draft eligible players will be forced to make a tough decision — should we stay or should we go?
One of those players, Florida State Seminoles defensive end Brandon Jenkins, could have entered this year’s NFL draft or taken a medical redshirt and returned to school for a final season. He made his decision on Monday and will be taking his talents to the NFL.
“I had a lot of time to think about things, and gain information about how this injury affected everything, so I think I came to a conclusion,” said Jenkins, via Patrik Nohe of the Miami Herald. “I think it’s time. It’s been great, I love FSU, I bleed garnet and gold, it was a tough decision. I feel like my time’s been good, I will enter the draft.”
Jenkins had already made his decision to go pro and informed Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher of his decision earlier to today.
The move to enter the draft didn’t surprise those close to Jenkins. In fact, Florida State kicker Dustin Hopkins said he had the feeling Jenkins was going to make his move for the NFL after a conversation the two had last week.
“I was getting that feeling,” Hopkins said. “I just see where he’s put so much work into it, and I hate to see something like that [the injury] happen. But that being said, there comes a point where you have to see what’s best for you.”
Jenkins adds to the talented 2013 defensive linemen class. Entering the season, he was viewed as a first-round talent but a Lisfranc injury forced him to miss the remainder of the season. He says he expects to be fully healthy leading up to the NFL Scouting Combine, but he does not plan on participating if he is invited.
The big issue with Jenkins will be his medicals. There is no question he has the on-field talent, he will just need to prove to the scouts that he is healthy and ready to make his impact felt at the next level.