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Prospect Profiles: Janoris Jenkins


TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 5-10, 193, 4.46



Possesses average height for the position with a thin, longer set of arms. Needs to continue to add a little bulk to his frame as he looks thin even at the DII level. Is an explosive off/zone corner. Has a tendency to get a bit fidgety in his drop in off man and likes to begin to open up his hips a bit prematurely. However, he’s a very balanced individual with excellent foot quickness and he sinks his hips about as low as any corner in the draft when looking to drive on the football, generating an elite burst because of it. Showcases “plus” ball skills/coordination as well when asked to get his hands on the throw. Routinely extends his near side arm into the throwing lane which cuts down the angles and gives him a chance to make a play on the football.

Was used a lot more in press man concepts at North Alabama and to his credit looked comfortable near the line. He’s does a nice job sitting low into his drop, extending the proper press hand, fluidly turning and running with the receiver, and quickly locating the football. His natural balance is still a major “plus” even in press man. Lacks the type of physicality to get a big bump on receivers, but is very coordinated snapping his head around and getting out of his breaks. Is a bear to try to separate from quickly. Now, his lacking physical make-up will allow receivers to create some separation with a subtle push on their comeback route and he doesn’t have the kind of strength to shrug that bump easily. Isn’t a real physical tackler either and his angles at times make you think he’s not a real interested one either. However, he will breakdown on the edge, use his length well to wrap and will drag down bigger receivers. Takes better angles when alone on an island.

Does have some character concerns as he was kicked off the Florida football team in April following his arrest on misdemeanor marijuana charges and does have another prior run in with the law.

Impression: If he can put it all together off the field, he’s got the ability to develop into a very good cover man in the NFL and despite his size he’s going to be a really tough guy to separate from in just about any scheme he plays in.

NE Patriots Draft:

Strengths: Extremely athletic – Quick feet and loose hips – Solid production against elite WR’s in college – Effective tackler, has really improved here – Diagnoses routes early – Very competitive and productive – Closes on the ball incredibly quickly – Versatile skill set, can play man, zone, press, off, and could probably play safety as well – Has the skills to play on both sides of special teams.

Weaknesses: Lower level of competition this year – Small size may make for a tough time against some NFL receivers – Over-aggressive at times, will jump one route too many – Off the field problems are very real, but he has rehabbed his image somewhat.

FF Toolbox:

The main headline for Janoris Jenkins heading into the 2012 NFL Draft will always deal with his character flaws. He was kicked off the Florida Gators in 2010 due to being arrested twice in a three-month span on drug-related offenses. The year before, he got in a fight and was arrested then as well.

NFL teams will have quite the decision on their hands because (excluding his aforementioned run-ins with the law) he is a very good football player and has few holes in his game. He is a quick reaction player with elite quickness and above average speed. Jenkins really excels as a cover corner. He shows great body control, fluid motions and decisive movements to make plays on the ball. He is very aggressive when the ball is in the air, to the point that he will sometimes get beat for big plays.

Jenkins does a great job at masking his physical limitations at only 5’10” and 183 pounds. He won’t be able to utilize press coverage, but is quick enough to break quickly on the ball and bat it down or take a short drop and run with receivers on short/intermediate routes.

He could slip because of his troubles while at Florida, but Jenkins is a first-round talent. He practiced very well at the Senior Bowl and likely put himself in great position to be possibly the third cornerback taken in the 2012 NFL Draft.


(from his time at Florida)

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Janoris Jenkins is a very talented cornerback prospect with a long list of character issues. You can read about them here. Kicked out of Florida, had to transfer to North Alabama. On the field, he’s very quick.Athletic. Can play in any scheme. Good ball skills. Aggressive. He’s a bit thin and he might be over aggressive. But Jenkins is really talented. He has the skills to be a shutdown corner very quickly. The big issue, besides size, is the off the field stuff. Did his time at North Alabama help him? Or will a big pay day make things worse? That’s something that we as fans can’t know. GMs can’t really know. Only Jenkins knows. On talent, Jenkins is a perfect fit for the Giants. He would make a good secondary with some questions into a great secondary. He has that type of ability. The Giants, in general, tend to shy away from guys with character issues. Jenkins has a lot. On a talent only basis, he would be great. Add in the character and it is a risk. Is it worth it? Jerry Reese and company will find out in interviews and in their background work. But man, if he pans out and keep his head on straight, he will be one heckuva player.



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6 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Janoris Jenkins”

  1. Big Daddy says:

    Stay away, far away……..this guy is bad news.

  2. Jason says:

    Jimmy smith number 2

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