26

April

Green Bay Packers Draft Matchup: CB Janoris Jenkins vs. S Harrison Smith

Janoris Jenkins

North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins

I highly doubt CB Janoris Jenkins will still be avaliable when the Packers pick late in the first round of the NFL draft, but if he is, Ted Thompson has an interesting decision to make.

On paper, Jenkins vs. Harrison Smith is a complete mismatch. Jenkins is by far the more talented and superior player. But when you factor in concerns about Jenkins off the field and the Packers need for a safety after releasing Nick Collins, the matchup becomes closer.

Jenkins is a cocky, in-your-face, man-to-man, physical cover corner. You can put him on an island against any WR and he’s not going to back down. He’ll take on whomever he’s asked to cover, not ask for any help, and have a good chance of winning the battle.

Smith is one of the better safeties in a weak safety class and almost plays like an extra linebacker. I don’t see him as a guy who can cover the field against deep passing attacks, but I do think he’ll be good in the box against the run and as a blitzer. Think of him sort of as a lite version of Charles Woodson.

If Jenkins and Smith are still out there when the Packers pick (I’m 99 percent sure Smith will be), I think the Packers should take Jenkins. I know Jenkins’ off-field issues don’t make him “Packer People,” but he’s too talented to pass up, especially as QBs, WRs and TEs continue to get better in the NFC North. Yes, Jenkins has character issues, but Mike McCarthy, Charles Woodson and others in the Packers organization should be able to help Jenkins in that area as long as he shows a willingness to work hard on the field and make a few changes off of it.

(Side note: People who know a lot more about this sort of stuff than I do seem to think that Jenkins will be around late in the first, maybe even into the second round.)

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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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17

March

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