2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

by Cory J. Bonini on February 29, 2012 @ 16:53:32 PDT

 


North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins is extremely talented but also comes with a laundry list of potential risks for any team that chooses him in the 2012 NFL Draft

The senior started three years at Florida before transferring to North Alabama to finish out his collegiate career in 2011.

Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
Risk vs. reward

Strengths

  • Explosive player
  • Great in man-to-man and zone defense
  • Extremely quick feet and recovery speed
  • Impressive read-and-react skills
  • Excellent lateral range and change-of-direction ability
  • Competitive and aggressive - not afraid to stick his nose in on running plays
  • Smooth, low backpedal with loose, quick hips in transition
  • Experienced with 37 starts in 40 appearances
  • Played through injury
  • Reportedly owned up to his mistakes in Scouting Combine interviews
  • Instinctual
  • Contributes on special teams and is natural with the ball in his hands

Weaknesses

  • A host of off-the-field troubles (two marijuana arrests, one arrest for fighting, a failed drug test) - was kicked off Florida and transferred to North Alabama
  • Lacks ideal size (5-foot-9 3/4, 193 pounds)
  • Small hands (8 1/4 inches)
  • May struggle against the run as he is an inconsistent tackler
  • Could have problems jamming large wideouts

Expected draft placement

Despite all of his problems, Jenkins' talent is too great to ignore in the first round. Teams that may consider him include the Dallas Cowboys (No. 14), Cincinnati Bengals (No. 17, No. 21), Chicago Bears (No. 19), Detroit Lions (No. 23) and the Denver Broncos (No. 25).

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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