On Friday, May 11 the San Francisco 49ers will welcome 26 potential players to their three-day rookie minicamp. All of seven of the 49ers’ 2012 draft picks will be in attendance as well including 30th overall draft pick wide receiver A.J. Jenkins. Jenkins is one of the few rookies attending who are a lock to make the team’s roster for Week 1 of the 2012 season, however, before this week there was doubt the former University of Illinois receiver would attend because of his graduation. The day after Jenkins was drafted he said to reporters education is important to him and his family and he was planning on attending commencement at the University of Illinois. The problem is the graduation ceremonies are to take place this weekend when the 49ers open up rookie minicamp. Jenkins earned a degree in sports management.
I don’t think he knew his graduation date was the same day as the rookie minicamp. He wants to show his team and everybody else that he’s ready. (Jenkins’ agent Jonathan Perzley)
Not only will Jenkins be in attendance for minicamp this weekend, he is moving to the Bay Area permanently to focus on working out and learning the 49ers offense at the teams practice facility. Since Jenkins has not yet signed a contract, he will have to sign an injury waiver until a deal is worked out so he can attend all off-season workouts.
There are two important signs regarding Jenkins and his decision to attend the first off-season workout for rookies. First, Jenkins is showing he is no prima donna receiver in that he is a first-round pick and should be treated differently. In fact, Jenkins skipping out on his graduation ceremonies after saying he would attend, and would thus miss rookie minicamp this weekend, shows he wants to be treated the same as anyone else at minicamp. He will do everything it takes to show fellow players, Jim Harbaugh and the rest of the coaching staff he is ready to play in the NFL.
Second, with Jenkins moving to the Bay Area for workouts and fully participating despite not having signed a contract with the 49ers, shows how committed he is to the team. The same could not have been said about the 49ers’ previous first-round draft pick at wide receiver. The more practices Jenkins participates in, the better for the 49ers offense and his development. From the looks of things, don’t expect a contract holdout from Jenkins.
49ers Sign Undrafted Rookies
Over the weekend the 49ers signed 17 undrafted rookies who will also be at the rookie minicamp this weekend in addition to the seven draft picks made by the team two weeks ago. Here are the players recently signed:
Northern Illinois fullback Cameron Bell
Clemson linebacker Kourtnei Brown
Wisconsin defensive tackle Patrick Butrym
Michigan State tight end Garrett Celek
Washington State guard David Gonzales
Southern Illinois running back Jewel Hampton
Purdue linebacker Joe Holland
Stanford defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo
Kentucky cornerback Anthony Mosley
Harvard tackle Kevin Murphy
Northwestern guard/tackle Al Netter
Stanford receiver/returner Chris Owusu
Northern Illinois receiver Nathan Palmer
UNLV cornerback Deante’ Purvis
Cal kicker Giorgio Tavecchio
Stanford safety Michael Thomas
Florida A&M receiver Brian Tyms
Texas A&M defensive lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie
The rookie minicamp for the 49ers will run from Friday, May 11 until Sunday, May 13 at team headquarters in Santa Clara. The practices will be closed to the general public.