GAINESVILLE FL - NOVEMBER 13: Janoris Jenkins #1 of the Florida Gators gets the crowd up during a game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 13 2010 in Gainesville Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Janoris Jenkins is shaping up to be this year's Dez Bryant, the supremely talented player who plummets in the drafts due to the 'ol character concerns. In Jankins' case, it's not so much character concerns as it is dumb mistakes. Repeated dumb mistakes, actually.
NFL scouts describe Jenkins as probably the second best cornerback in the draft from a physical standpoint. NFL Network's Albert Breer has a lengthy piece delving into Jenkins and the troubles he's had in the past few years.
"Physically, he may be the best," said another AFC college scout. "It's either him or Claiborne. But if someone takes him in the first round, I'm telling you right now, I'm gonna think it's a dumb move. ... I wouldn't touch him in the first round under any circumstance."
Jenkins was booted off the Florida football team for smokin' the reefer despite being a three-year starter. He then went to North Alabama where, according to Breer, the drug use continued.
Using drugs is one thing. You can explain away a mistake. Using drugs, getting caught, and using them again is what would concern me, especially over a multi-year period.
I started this post wondering if Jenkins could legitimately fall to the Chiefs second round pick (44) but after reading around that seems very unlikely, even with him falling. As Breer writes in the article, Cincy or New England make sense for him in the first round. The Rams at the start of the second round make sense, too.
The Chiefs seemed to take a chance on two guys last year -- Jonathan Baldwin and Justin Houston -- who came with question marks. I think the general idea is that you build a solid core in the locker room so that you can bring in guys who may need that positive reinforcement in order to succeed.
Would you have any interest in Jenkins if he fell? It's the 'ol character vs. talent debate.