Buffalo Bills: Best option at defensive end in each round of 2020 NFL Draft
Round 5 – Anfernee Jennings
Anfernee Jennings will likely see his fellow pass rusher on the Alabama Crimson Tide, Terrell Lewis, go before him int he 2020 NFL Draft but it would not be surprising to see Jennings have a better career in the NFL.
Jennings was a key part of the Crimson Tide defense and had 133 total tackles, 13.5 sacks and 25.5 tackles for a loss over the past two seasons.
The scouting report by Kyle Crabbs at The Draft Network is interesting because he writes:
"Player Summary – Anfernee Jennings is a next level starter and should find success as a base defensive end in an even front system. Jennings’ length, rush counters and functional strength will allow him to be a persistent presence against the pass, even if his explosiveness isn’t something that will allow him to serve as a game changing defender. Jennings’ powerful hands, gap discipline, smart play and technique will enable him to step into an NFL defensive system and contribute early on."
It is rare to find a player at this point in the NFL Draft that could contribute right away but having a player like that could actually be a boost for the defensive end position. It can help manage the workload of some of the older pass rushers, hopefully keeping them fresher longer into the season.
As Crabbs notes, the explosiveness isn’t going to jump off the charts but there is plenty of reasons to like what Jennings would bring to this Buffalo Bills’ defense.