Dismissed from the University of Florida squad last Tuesday after his second marijuana-related arrest in three months, former Gators star cornerback Janoris Jenkins is seriously considering transferring to a lower-division program, where he would be eligible to play in 2011.
Conventional wisdom since Jenkins was banished by new UF coach Will Muschamp has been that the three-year starter would either enter the NFL supplemental draft in the summer or perhaps attempt to force his way into the league by challenging the draft's legality in court. Both of those remain possibilities, although the lockout could force the NFL to cancel the supplemental draft, typically held in July.
However, two sources on Monday said Jenkins is leaning toward delaying his entry into the NFL, and that he may prefer to rehabilitate his image before attempting a pro career.
"It's about 50-50 right now that he tries to find a [college] place to play and convince scouts that he's really serious about an NFL career," said one of the sources.
The other source termed it a "long shot" that Jenkins would attempt to play in a pro league, such as the UFL or Arena Football League, other than the NFL.
Jenkins is the No. 3-rated senior cornerback for 2012, according to NFLDraftScout.com ratings.
Although Jenkins has sought advice from a number of agents in recent days, and has been approached by player representatives, including a few who told him litigation might force the NFL to accept him, he has not yet signed with an agent. So, at least to date, his remaining college eligibility has not been compromised.
Jenkins, 22, was arrested on April 24th and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He had a similar arrest on the same charge in January. In 2009, Jenkins was arrested and charged with fighting and resisting arrest, an incident in which the police were forced to employ a Taser to subdue him.
Muschamp met with Jenkins last week and dismissed him from the program.
A rising prospect, Jenkins missed all of spring practice while recovering from labrum surgery to his right shoulder, an injury with which he reportedly played most of last season. Jenkins had 106 tackles, two sacks, eight interceptions and two fumbles forced in his Florida tenure.
At 5-feet-10 and 186 pounds, Jenkins has solid NFL size, but there have been conflicting reports about his 40-yard time. League scouts who have seen him play, while not yet fully assessing Jenkins' NFL viability, seem to agree he would play in the league.