Meriden native John Jenkins chosen in third round of NFL Draft

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Meriden native and Francis T. Maloney High School grad John Jenkins’ dreams have come true.

Jenkins was selected with the 20th pick in the third round of the NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints.

The defensive tackle spent two seasons at the University of Georgia, where he blossomed into one of the best players in the SEC. He was a candidate for the Outland Trophy last season, which is awarded to the best lineman (defensive or offensive) in college football.

Jenkins recorded 50 tackles and one sack last season. He also posted 22 solo tackles and led Georgia with 10 quarterback hurries.

As a junior, Jenkins recorded three sacks and even came up with an interception.

He spent the first two years of his college career at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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