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Janoris Jenkins scouting report

Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama #1
Ht: 5’10”

Wt: 182

Impressive athlete. Has the speed to stick with any receiver. Elite quickness and change-of-direction ability – has true “cover corner” skills. Gives a solid effort in run support; decent tackler for his size. Not afraid to match up against bigger receivers, and will occasionally step up and try to jam them at the line of scrimmage. Looks comfortable in zone coverage; does a nice job staying in his zone, while keeping his eyes on the quarterback. Occasionally used on corner blitzes while at Florida. A pesky cornerback; gets in receivers faces, lots of unnecessary shoving after it’s clear the play isn’t going his direction – so long as he keeps it under control, this is an asset. Played through a shoulder injury in 2010. Playmaker on special teams; one of top return specialists in this year’s class. Plenty of experience against top competition (37 starts at Florida).
Significant character issues. Arrested in 2009 for his role in a fight. Arrested twice in 2010 for marijuana possession (in a span of four months). Kicked off team (at Florida) after most recent arrest and enrolled at North Alabama. Ejected from a game in 2011 for throwing a punch. Slightly undersized; can get pushed around by some bigger receivers. Impulsive on the field; can play solid fundamental football at times, but takes too many big risks. Tackling technique could improve, but the effort is there. Easily blocked by most receivers in the run game. Missed 2010 bowl game with shoulder injury.
In terms of raw talent, Jenkins is a legitimate 1st-round pick, and could even be viewed as a potential top-10 prospect. However, his off-field issues severely limit his draft stock, and he will likely be removed from many draft boards. Given his long list of transgressions, which continued to an extent at North Alabama, spending a 1st-round pick on Jenkins would be a huge risk. That said, his character concerns are not significantly worse than Jimmy Smith, who was selected in the 1st round by the Ravens in 2011. He’s the type of prospect that bad teams should steer clear of, but he may be worth the risk to a contender.
2010 vs Georgia, Alabama (A.J. Green, Julio Jones)
2011 highlights (North Alabama) 
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