Is Jenkins a corner or a safety?

April, 22, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

ESPN analyst and former NFL coach Herm Edwards has a pretty strong opinion on what the future should hold for Ohio State defensive back Malcolm Jenkins.

Although a lot of people are projecting Jenkins to move from cornerback to safety in the NFL, Edwards has a different view.

"All you have to do is turn the tape on," Edwards said in a conference call with the media. "The tape doesn't lie, and how this guy plays football, you want him on your team. You let him play corner and see if he can play. There's been a lot of corners that don't run 4.4s and play in this league. Most of our corners in this league don't run 4.4. I think this guy is a solid football player."

That makes some sense and few know defensive backs better than Edwards, who played defensive back in the NFL and was a secondary coach before becoming a head coach. The Saints and Buccaneers are the two NFC South teams that could have a shot at drafting Jenkins.

I think Jenkins can play either position, but I also think whoever drafts him should already have decided which spot he'll play in that system. I once saw former Carolina coach George Seifert use a first-round pick on Rashard Anderson without knowing if he wanted him to be a safety or a cornerback.

Seifert never firmly made that decision and shuffled Anderson between the two positions. That was too much for Anderson to handle. He also had some significant off-field issues and wound up being a huge bust.

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