1. Alabama EDGE/LB Anfernee Jennings
The first prospect to take a look at is someone who honestly surprised me when he made the decision to return to Alabama prior to the 2019 NFL Draft. Anfernee Jennings is not a dominant pass-rusher or run defender, but he has shown enough ability as both to be recognized as a well-balanced defender. While he likely won’t put up flashy stats, Jennings should be able to be a consistent producer.
An interesting thing to note is that on the Senior Bowl website they have Jennings listed as an inside linebacker, which he hasn’t played much of since his early years with the Crimson Tide. If this wasn’t an error, it likely means that NFL teams requested he be designated at linebacker to see how he operates there.
This could be seen as both positive and negative. The positive? If he’s successful, Jennings could show his versatility and raise his stock. Even if he struggles this week, his willingness to try out a different position should be applauded while also not hurting him because he’s playing out of position. The negative? This could mean that Jennings hasn’t impressed enough as an edge rusher for NFL teams to view him as one at the next level.
Given that the NY Giants are looking to go with multiple defensive fronts in new Defensive Coordinator Patrick Graham’s scheme, Jennings could be a perfect fit. Jennings has shown his ability to play both as a 4-3 defensive end and 3-4 rush outside linebacker while at Alabama. If he can add off-ball linebacker to his resume this week, he significantly improves his stock in my book.