Romeo Crennel already made the statement this offseason that the Chiefs would look to add a few positions in the NFL Draft if possible. It was a list that included cornerbacks, pass rushers and one thing that University of Illinois star A.J. Jenkins would bring: speed to the wide receiving corps.
The All-Big Ten receiver is going through the typical pre-draft visit season and the Kansas City Chiefs are among the teams interested. Apparently they are not alone.
Tania Ganguli writes, “Jenkins is visiting the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday, then he has visits with the Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers scheduled soon afterward. He already met with Jaguars offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski at the combine.”
The Chiefs already have Dwayne Bowe, Jon Baldwin and Steve Breaston in the rotation, so it’s likely that the team would use Jenkins in multiple wide receiver sets as well as special teams. The team also has long-term questions at wideout given the lack of a long-term contract for Dwayne Bowe. For now, however, it’s about adding promising players at key spots and letting competition and development sort things out later.
Jenkins caught 90 passes for 1,276 yards and 8 touchdowns last season.