The San Francisco 49ers selected wide receiver A.J. Jenkins with the 30th pick overall during Thursday nights first-round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Jenkins, 6’0″, 192 receiver out of Illinois possesses the skill set to line up at all three receiver positions. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Jenkins became just the second player in Illinois history to register 90 receptions in a season, as a senior. His 1,276 receiving yards ranked second in school history.
Played in 46 games (26 starts) for the Fighting Illini and ranks third in school history with 167 recepts. for 2,432 yds. and 19 TDs in his career. Also added 33 KORs for 773 yds. and one TD. Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in each of his final three seasons at Illinois. As a senior, earned honorable mention All-America honors by The NFL Draft Report, and was named First-Team All-Big Ten. Played in 13 games (12 starts) and tallied 90 recepts. for 1,276 yds. and 8 TDs, in 2011. Became just the second player in school history to register 90 receptions.