Janoris Jenkins 2012 NFL Draft scouting report

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive back Janoris Jenkins of North Alabama participates in a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Janoris Jenkins
5'9 3/4, 193 pounds | Cornerback | North Alabama

Ball skills:
Good hands to either make a play on the ball or grab an interception. Knows when to extend his arms to disrupt the pass. Finished his career with 29 pass breakups and 10 interceptions. An exceptional punt and kick returner.

Man coverage:
Jenkins isn't the best in press coverage because of his lack of strength. Gets past this problem because of his excellent recovery speed. Is a great speed/athleticism player who can run with anyone on vertical routes and keep up with quick receivers. Has loose hips that he can flip open smoothly without losing a step. Told reporters at the NFL Combine he was only thrown at about four times a game at North Alabama.



Size: Jenkins has decent height and arm length for the position. Has a filled-out frame and may not add much more bulk in the NFL.

Tackling: When Jenkins is giving good effort, he's a better tackler than many corners in this year's draft. Solid in run coverage. Can get off blockers. Doesn't always give great effort, though, to make a tackle. Tends to use his shoulder to hit instead of wrapping up and driving through the ball carrier.

Zone coverage: Shows good instincts to read the play and understand where the ball is going to go. Likes to keep an eye in the backfield on the quarterback and can get beaten on double moves or quick comebacks.

Final word: The big knock on Jenkins is his character issues. Some teams will completely have him off their board. He was kicked out of Florida following a second drug-related arrest. Also arrested for a bar fight at Florida. At North Alabama he was suspended a game for throwing a punch at an opponent. Suffered a torn labrum in 2010.

But if you get past the non-football things with Jenkins, he's a great football player. He did well against A.J. Green and Julio Jones in 2010 and tends to play bigger than his size. However, the character issues will likely push him far down the draft board.

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