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Jalen Jelks | Defensive End

Team: Oregon Ducks
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 245

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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline lists Oregon redshirt senior DE Jalen Jelks as a player who saw his stock drop after his performance on Saturday against Washington State.
Jelks (6'6/245) picked up four tackles against the Cougars, but the stats don't really tell the story. He was often "manhandled" by WSU tackle Andre Dillard, and didn't seem to win very many one-on-one battles against the mid-round draft prospect. "There’s been talk about Jelks as a potential top twenty selection in round one- something I just don’t see happening," Pauline writes. "This is not to say Jelks won’t be a good football player in the NFL in due time, rather people are overrating where he’ll end up in next April’s draft." Oct 22 - 6:26 PM

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The Draft Network's Benjamin Solack notes that Oregon redshirt senior DE Jalen Jelks is "spending his time more frequently on the outside instead of the interior."

Solack sees this as a plus for Jelks' draft prospects, likewise the fact that the 6-foot-6, 245-pounder has added weight since the close of the 2017 campaign. He'll be one to watch when the Ducks take on Stanford upcoming. Writes the analyst, "If Jelks is the early-round selection I think he is, he must shed the tweener label — that effort truly begins on Saturday night." What Solak will be look for, in particular, is how Jelks handles Cardinal LT A.T. Hall. That's a matchup that Jelks should be able to win.
Sep 21 - 5:01 PM

Oregon redshirt senior DE Jalen Jelks totaled five QB pressures in Saturday's win over San Jose State.

Pro Football Focus noted that Jelks and the Oregon defensive line made San Jose State's quarterback released the ball just 2.29 seconds after the snap. Jelks (6'6/245) had three quarterback hits himself by the way. The redshirt senior has been given second-round grades and his production this season certainly backs it.
Sep 16 - 3:29 PM

Per Pro Football Focus, Oregon redshirt senior DE recorded six pressures in Saturday's 62-14 win over Portland State.

He also recorded four defensive stops and was given a grade of 83.9 for his play during the game. Jelks (6'6/245) was given a second-round draft grade in the offseason and his early play is helping to maintain and possibly boost that. The Ducks have another easier game against San Jose State at home, a spot where Jelks should be able to tee off on the opposing line.
Sep 9 - 10:51 AM

Oregon redshirt senior DE Jalen Jelks gets a second-round grade from Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Pauline notes that Jelks (6'6/245) gets mixed reviews from around the league. He's seen as a bit of a "tweener" meaning that he doesn't have the size of a defensive end, but isn't fast enough to be a true defensive end. That being said, Pauline calls Jelks a "terrific edge rusher who also displays a good inside move and gets a lot of pressure up the field." The size may concern, but teams looking for someone who can get to the quarterback could call Jelks' name early -- assuming he has a strong senior season.
Sep 3 - 9:48 PM

Oregon redshirt senior DE Jalen Jelks practiced at outside linebacker last week.

"Jalen has good position flexibility. He is the kind of player who is athletic and can put a hand down and also do things in space," said Ducks OLB coach Cort Dennison. Jelks (6'6/245) was a 13-game starter at defensive end for the past campaign, when he logged 59 tackles (15.5 for loss), seven sacks and eight batted passes -- per PFF, more than any defensive lineman in the FBS. A sign of just how much respect he wields in the Oregon locker room: OLB La'Mar Wilson (a starter) said that he would be willing to move into a rotational bench role if the Ducks seriously want to give Jelks an extended run at the position. You can expect the team to use him in a variety of fashions for the upcoming campaign.
Aug 23 - 2:55 PM

Pro Football Focus lists Oregon redshirt senior DL Jalen Jelks among the early players to watch for in the 2019 NFL Draft class.

Jelks was an analytical darling in 2017, earning an 88.6 grade from PFF for his work last year. He ranked at the top of the class passes batted down with eight, and he also had 30 hurries and seven sacks for the Ducks. "Jelks excelled in a challenging role, often taking on much bigger guards on the interior in the run game," PFF writes, "but his 87.3 pass-rush grade ranked fifth among interior defensive lineman and he projects as an edge at the next level."
May 7 - 5:00 PM

Oregon redshirt junior DE Jalen Jelks finished with eight batted passes in 2017, the most of any lineman in college football according to Pro Football Focus.

In addition to the eight passes defensed, Jelks also had seven sacks, 10 hits and 30 hurries, which all ranked near the top of the Pac-12. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound defender announced he was coming back for his junior year, and will have a chance to be a first-round candidate if he repeats his numbers in 2018.
Jan 4 - 9:58 PM

Oregon redshirt junior DE Jalen Jelks said he will return for his senior season.

Jelks will not enter his name into the 2018 NFL Draft. "I'm back for sure," he said, later adding this: "I missed a lot of plays, and if I can capitalize on that and translate it to next season I could contribute a lot to the draft." The 6-foot-5, 245-pound end broke out with 50 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 15 TFL this fall. An NFL scout told The Oregonian that he had projected Jelks as a potential Day 2 pick in this spring's draft.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 03:45:00 PM

Oregon redshirt Jalen Jelks will compete with sophomore DE Canton Kaumatule for the starting spot vacated by DeForest Buckner.

Jelks only received 80 pass-rushing snaps last year, but he converted them into five sacks, a quarterback hit and eight hurries. "He showed impressive length, pass rush repertoire, and relentlessness as a redshirt freshman and he has a chance to become one of the nation’s breakout stars," wrote Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus.
Mon, May 16, 2016 01:31:00 PM