Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Cowboys might visit with Janoris Jenkins
By Calvin Watkins
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Cowboys have a scheduled meeting with troubled yet talented cornerback Janoris Jenkins of North Alabama for Tuesday night here at the Senior Bowl.
Update: Jenkins, after meeting with the Oakland Raiders, said the meeting with Cowboys might not happen.
"No big deal, though," he said. "It might happen."
Jenkins, was kicked off the Florida football team for various offenses, including being arrested twice within a three-month span on drug-related charges. He also got into a fight and was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor affray and resisting arrest without violence.
"I just go in as who I am," said Jenkins, who has spoken to five NFL teams. "I tell them what happened and be honest because I did it. I made a mistake and I take full responsibility for it. I'm sure I have to deal with it. I'm looking forward to it. I have nothing to hide. I just go in and they ask me the question and I give it to them and be honest. I just look them in the eye and let them know I can be honest."
The Cowboys' scouts most likely will speak with Jenkins and provide a report to Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett.
Jones said Monday he expects to see new faces in the secondary. He offered support for Orlando Scandrick and Mike Jenkins but didn't for veteran corner Terence Newman.
Also, Frank Walker, Alan Ball and Abram Elam are unrestricted free agents and their long-term status with the team is still being determined by the front office.
It's not guaranteed the Cowboys will draft Jenkins with the 14th pick of the first round, or even later on. His off-the-field issues pushed him down many draft boards, including the one of ESPN's Mel Kiper, who doesn't have Jenkins as a first-round pick on his first Mock Draft.
The other downside to Jenkins is the fact he played Division II and several teams didn't direct passes his way.
"There were a lot of times I was out there by myself," Jenkins said. "I had to make plays on special teams, punt returns, being a gunner. The time they weren't coming at me, I was working on my techniques. Just basically trying to get better."