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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Seahawks Take Jennings With Pick 31



From Mike Kahn at Seahawks.com:

Loaded with decisions considering how many highly-rated picks were available when the 31st pick came up, the Seattle Seahawks went precisely where everyone thought – Miami Hurricanes cornerback Kelly Jennings.

A pure cover corner, the 5-10, 178-pound Jennings was one of a number of players to run 4.39 in 40 yards at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in February and is expected to help fill a need at cornerback, where Andre Dyson started often last season, but was no re-signed. Jennings, a native of Live Oak, Fla., in between Tallahassee and Jacksonville, appeared in 48 games for the Hurricanes, with six interceptions, four forced fumbles and 13 pass deflections during his career.

“I’m just looking to come in and contribute,” Jennings said. “Right now I just want to come in and show the coaches I’m ready to play ball.”

A member of the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic team, Jennings graduated Miami with a 3.0 grade point average with a degree in finance and is in the process of acquiring a second degree in business management., Jennings started at left cornerback, was a first team All-American choice by Sports Illustrated and second team from the Associated Press and The NFL Draft Report.

Jennings was one of only two players to start every game for the Hurricanes, who led the nation in pass defense and pass efficiency defense. He did not allow a pass reception in games against Florida State, Virginia Tech, South Florida and Duke. One third of his 43 tackles were solo stops and three of them were for losses of eight yards or more. And 10 of those tackles were third down stops.

Jennings also started every game in 200 and four games in 2003.

An exceptional receiver in high school, he caught 43 passes for 720 yards and five touchdowns.

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