Following a tremendous junior season, one in which he led Oregon in sacks and tackles for loss, Jalen Jelks has had to give serious consideration to riding the wave and entering the NFL draft. He did, but also came to a decision that Ducks fans should be thrilled to hear.
— Rob Moseley (@DuckFootball) December 13, 2017
The 6’5”, 245-pound defensive end notched 6.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss this season along with 49 tackles, 4 quarterback hurries, 7 pass breakups and a blocked kick. His play on the edge was a big key for Oregon’s improvement on defense, allowing 28.3 points per game in 2017 compared to 41.4 last season.
But he admits he can get much better, telling The Oregonian’s Andrew Greif “I missed a lot of plays, and if I can capitalize on that and translate it to next season I could contribute a lot to the draft.”
Per Greif, Jelks said he made his decision after talking it over with his family but also consulting with Oregon running back Royce Freeman and offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby, both of whom opted to return for their senior years.
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