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NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

Janoris Jenkins

North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins

Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: Janoris Jenkins

Player information:

  • Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
  • 5-foot-10, 193 lbs
  • All sorts of red flags: Kicked off team at Florida (it’s really hard to get kicked off the Gators), kicked out of a game at North Alabama and still hangs around with bad people according to some scouts.

NFL Combine:

  • 4.46 40-yard dash
  • 4.13 20-yard shuttle
  • 6.95 3-cone drill
  • 10.01′ long jump
  • 33.5″ vertical jump
  • N/A bench press reps

News & Notes:

Probably would have been a no-doubt first-rounder if he didn’t get kicked out of Florida. … Has four kids, all under the age of three. … Stood out immediately as a true freshman in the SEC. … Completely dominated Division II competition. … Considered by some scouts to be the most gifted CB in the country. … Can play press, man and zone coverage. … Inconsistent tackler. … Missed only one game in his college career.

What they’re saying about him:

In Jenkins’s case, it’s probably best if we let him speak for himself:

  • On his marijuana use: “I’m done with it forever. I can’t do it, man.”
  • On talking to teams about his past: “I was honest, straightforward, told ‘em I did it. I admitted to everything, I take full responsibility, and I learned from it.”
  • On what teams see in him: “They see the talent, they just want to know the kind of kid I am. I just come in here and show them that I’m not a bad kid. I’m looking to put it in the past and move forward.”
  • Here’s what Mike Mayock of the NFL Network had to say about Jenkins: “What happens, whether you believe in it or not, is the more talented kids get more chances, and Jenkins is a pretty talented kid. Someone’s going to want to buy into that.”

Video:


Video Analysis:

  • He looks damn good against a couple of current NFL WRs in this video
  • Doesn’t shy away from sticking his nose in there on screens to the bigger and stronger Julio Jones
  • Seems to understand positioning when the ball is in the air (see the play where he undercuts A.J. Green)
  • Effort is there against run game, but doesn’t seem like much of a tackler
  • Is it likely that the Packers take a guy with as much baggage as Jenkins? Doubtful. But if he falls far enough and Ted Thompson thinks his value is worth the risk, you never know. Maybe a player like Charles Woodson and a coach like Mike McCarthy could help him stay on the right path.
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Adam Czech is a freelance reporter and a Packers fan living in the Twin Cities. Follow Adam on Twitter. Read more of Adam's writing on the Packers here.

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13 Responses to “NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama”

  1. Zack says:

    He won’t be around late I’m the draft. We’d have to take him second round at least and that won’t happen

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  2. Dan says:

    he sounds like trouble

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  3. Ron LC says:

    Maybe Walden can be his mentor?

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  4. Mojo says:

    He’s got a ways to go to catch Travis Henry…but he’s still young.

    Don’t know if there’s enough potential Baby Mama’s in GB to keep him satisfied.

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  5. Zach Kruse Zach Kruse says:

    Such a talent, such a headcase.

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  6. T.J. says:

    Thats the kind of chance TT needs to take this year . Remember Randy Moss? He was well worth the pick. These players are kids making mistakes kids make. He needs a chance. The only concern is the height. Remember Ahmad Carroll? Green Bay has to get some serious gems on D this year in the draft.

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    • Al Borland says:

      Problem is, Moss has never really matured over all these years. He has had some excellent seasons (98, 07), but can you imagine what he could’ve been if he had the attitude of say, Jerry Rice? I don’t know anything about Jenkins, but I do know that in the past, troubled players didn’t become any less troubled after being given the salary of an NFL player.

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  7. Bearmeat Bearmeat says:

    Stay far away.

    Besides, he’s too short to be an ideal CB in our scheme. I think the minimum is 6’0…

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    • Ron LC says:

      5′ 10″ roster never equals 5’10″ real world. More likely 5’9″ or thereabouts.

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  8. ted, of bill and ted says:

    if i were t.t. and had to settle for a 5’10″ cb, i’d wait til the 4th (or maybe the 5th, since he had such a bad combine/pro day) and take chase minniefield

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  9. [...] A good place to start would be the secondary. If the Lions want to slow down Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay and Jay Cutler with his new weapons in Chicago, they’ll need better corners and safeties. Salary cap issues prevent the Lions from fixing the secondary through free agency so look for Detroit to make it a draft priority (perhaps Janoris Jenkins). [...]

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