Packers 2020 roster preview: Elgton Jenkins is a future star

Green Bay Packers, Elgton Jenkins (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Elgton Jenkins (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Can Elgton Jenkins become a Pro Bowler in 2020?

Elgton Jenkins made an impressive start to his NFL career, starting 14 games for the Green Bay Packers last season.

After filling in for an injured Lane Taylor early in the year, Jenkins never looked back, securing his spot as a starter moving forward.

Is the Pro Bowl in Jenkins’ near future?

2019 review

A second-round pick last spring, Jenkins got his first opportunity once Taylor suffered a season-ending injury and was placed on injured reserve. Jenkins entered the game in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings and made his first start a week later against the Denver Broncos. According to Pro Football Reference, he wouldn’t miss a single snap after becoming a starter.

Jenkins deservedly made the PFWA All-Rookie Team after a dominant first year in the league. Among all guards, Jenkins ranked eighth in the NFL in ESPN’s pass block win rate metric.

Here’s his most impressive stat. According to Pro Football Focus, Jenkins didn’t allow a sack in 2019 and was only one of five guards who played at least 500 pass-blocking snaps to do so.

Odds of making roster: 100 percent

The Packers found a star in the second round of last year’s draft. There’s no doubt he’ll be part of the 53-man roster this year and also a starter along the offensive line.

What to expect in 2020?

Left tackle David Bakhtiari has high expectations for Jenkins, and rightly so. The fact he was so dominant in only his first season shows just how talented he is. But this was year one. How good will he be in year two, three, and beyond once he gains more experience?

If Jenkins can become an even better player this season, he’ll be right in the mix for a Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection.

Jenkins is a future star and has the chance to build on an excellent rookie season.