Janoris Jenkins #1 of the Florida Gators celebrates after a defensive stand against the Miami University RedHawks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Is Janoris Jenkins A 1st Round Pick?

Janoris Jenkins will have to overcome perceived negative character issues to keep himself in the first round of the NFL Draft.

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Janoris Jenkins Clears The Air On His Time At North Alabama

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins was one of the top cornerbacks in the country when he was dismissed from the Florida Gators following three arrests, including one for marijuana possession. He wound up at North Alabama and attempted to redeem himself by straightening out his personal issues. However, as Jenkins prepares to enter next week's 2012 NFL Draft, Jenkins is still confronted with rumors regarding marijuana use at North Alabama.

Aaron Wilson of Scout.com spoke with Jenkins via phone interview and discussed the allegations about his continued drug use.

"I wasn't smoking marijuana at North Alabama. If anybody wants to know, they can give my coaches a call. I wasn't partying. They've been saying a lot of things about me that aren't true without getting my side of the story. It's been a humbling experience.

"You've got to be a man, you've got to be honest and straightforward. I've matured. My past is my past. People can judge me for how far I've come. I want to know why all of a sudden this is out there about me. Why didn't it come out after the combine when I was straightforward with the scouts? The timing is very interesting to me."

Jenkins' defensive coordinator at North Alabama confirms Jenkins' story, stating that Jenkins passed three random drug tests while at the school.

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2012 NFL Draft: Janoris Jenkins Falling Out Of Round 1?

Former Florida Gators and South Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins has a wealth of talent but also sports a checkered past. Jenkins has known issues with smoking marijuana, and he's the father of four children with three different women. There is a growing belief that Jenkins may have pushed himself out of the first round, despite being forthcoming with teams about his past, according to Peter King of Sports Illustrated.

As I did the magazine's mock draft over the weekend, the one thing I found is a cadre of about 20 picks mentioned throughout the round. South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore, the second corner on the board now that Janoris Jenkins' character has knocked him out of the first round ...

Talent wise, Jenkins is arguably is the second best cover corner in the NFL Draft after LSU's Morris Claiborne, but concerns about his off the field issues may have pushed him way down in the NFL Draft.

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2012 NFL Draft, Janoris Jenkins: Red Flags Too Much For Detroit Lions

Word out of Detroit is that the Lions are unlikely to take a chance on North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins with their first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. According to a Saturday report in the Detroit Free Press, the brass in Detroit acknowledges Jenkins' talent, but is leery of his off-field issues.

Jenkins has a pair of marijuana arrests, something that the Lions are all too familiar with lately. Three of their players have been arrested since the end of the season. Running back Mikel Leshoure was arrested twice in the span of one month, and he now faces felony charges. That factors into the team's thinking the report says.

Talent is not a question at all for Jenkins. In fact, NFL Films guru Greg Cosell called the former Florida star the "best pure man cover corner in draft."

News this week that Jenkins changed agents is unlikely to help his draft stock. Super agent Ben Dogra and Jenkins parted ways, and the cornerback signed with Malik Shareef, per Liz Mullen. A Saturday tweet from Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel said that Jenkins was actually dropped by Dogra. If that is in fact the case, it could spell trouble on draft day for Jenkins.

Nevertheless, some teams will be willing to take a chance on Jenkins. Both the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams have pre-draft visits scheduled with Jenkins.

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NFL Draft 2012: Janoris Jenkins On Panthers Radar

Former North Alabama and Florida Gators cornerback Janoris Jenkins is projected to be a first round pick and is one of the top prospects at his position in the 2012 NFL Draft. He only increased his stock in the draft during the 2012 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, when he put up impressive numbers and stood out from the pack.


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According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, Jekins was one of the big winners at the Combine this year and has definitely put himself on the radar of the Carolina Panthers, who own the No. 9 overall pick in this year's draft. Here is Person's take:

Janoris Jenkins

Position: CB

School: North Alabama

Combine notables: Jenkins was grilled about his past transgressions: two marijuana-related arrests in a four-month span that got him kicked out of Florida. But he took responsibility for his mistakes, then went out and had an outstanding combine. Jenkins ran the 40 in 4.46, and his 10-yard split was the fastest of any defensive back. Jenkins looked like the second-best corner, behind LSU's Morris Claiborne.

On the Panthers' radar? Yes. The Panthers are intrigued by Jenkins' abilities. But, like they did with Newton, will have to do a lot of background work.

If teams are hesitant to select Jenkins due to his off-the-field antics, the Panthers could stand to benefit greatly.

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Janoris Jenkins, NFL Draft 2012: Former Florida CB Has Red Flags, But First Round Talent

Janoris Jenkins will have to overcome perceived negative character issues to keep himself in the first round of the NFL Draft.

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