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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Draft preview series: N. Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins

By Bryan Broaddus and Tim MacMahon


The third installment in our draft preview series looks at North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

Scouts Inc. ranks: No. 2 cornerback, No. 15 overall.
Bio: Transferred to Division II North Alabama last year after being dismissed from Florida. He was arrested three times at Florida, twice for marijuana possession and once after being involved in a fight and fleeing police. The fact that Jenkins already has four children is also a red flag for character concerns. He started as a freshman at Florida, was an All-SEC selection in 2010 and had eight career interceptions for the Gators. He was rarely challenged at North Alabama. Had 53 tackles, six passes defensed, two interceptions, a fumble return for a touchdown and three punt returns for touchdowns last season.

Janoris Jenkins
North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins shows excellent quickness, but he may come with some character issues.
Size: 5-foot-9 3/4, 193 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.46 seconds
Vertical jump: 33.5 inches
Broad jump: 10-foot-1
20-yard shuttle: 4.13
Three-cone drill: 6.95

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Abilene Christian, Harding College and West Georgia games): Short, compact player that plays with outstanding foot quickness. Can show an explosive burst when he drives on the ball. … Plays with nice awareness and the ability to read routes. Is quick enough to undercut routes and make plays on the ball. Was able to get an interception this way against Abilene Christian. … Will gamble at times because there is no one in the league that he plays in that can truly cause him any problems when it comes to running routes. There were teams that have tried to use double moves on him, but even if he gets fooled off the start, he has the skill and ability to recover. … Is a fluid player that has no tightness to his game. Runs easy on the outside or when he plays the slot. Is outstanding in carrying his man across the field. Again, there is no one that can run away from him to gain separation. … Would not call him a physical player when it comes to defending the slant, but quickness helps him here. Think he might have trouble in the NFL when he has to defend a bigger body or when a receiver becomes physical with him. … If I could compare him to a player in the NFL, he plays like Asante Samuel of the Eagles in the way he moves and covers. Another similarity to Samuel is his lack of tackling ability. He really wants nothing to do with it. Tries to avoid contact and will only tackle as a last resort. Is a sling-down tackler or will try and go low without wrapping up. … Only observed this one time in the Harding game, but he did struggle to play the ball in the air down the field and it wasn’t because he was in bad position. It was just the fact that he wasn’t tall enough to knock it down. Only saw him give up one touchdown in three games when he lost his man in coverage and the ball went over the top for the score. … I cannot downgrade him for the talent that he plays against, but he is clearly better than anyone he plays. Have to grade him on what you see, and he has talent. … Teams will have to get to the bottom of why he left Florida and other issues that might affect his play. Players in the past have been taken off the board all together or placed in the “box” for the Cowboys because of character issues. Jenkins has a real shot to be off the board early this April.