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Janoris Jenkins answers all character questions

Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:48 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 12:49 pm
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Jenkins' character will be scrutinized.(Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- When the announcement that Janoris Jenkins would speak to the press came over the loudspeaker at the NFL combine, media members members moved faster than they do for the sandwich cart. And Jenkins, a character-issue-ridden cornerback who was booted from Florida and finished his college career at North Alabama, didn't disappoint.

The defensive back, considered one of the top talents in the draft, was asked about his marijuana use, his children (he has four of them), his time at Florida, and the slew of red flags that accompany his draft status. To his credit, he was -- almost to a fault -- honest, he answered every question sincerely, and he didn't pull an Antonio Cromartie and forget his kids names.

"Janoris Jenkins Jr., Legend, Janorion and Paris," Jenkins said when someone asked him what his childrens' names were.

Jenkins was dismissed from Florida after being arrested for marijuana possession and signed on with North Alabama. The experience hurt his draft stock, but he repeatedly said it's been a tremendous learning experience and that he's "done" with marijuana.

"I'm done with it forever," Jenkins said. "I can't do it, man."

Jenkins also said the last time he used marijuana was when he was arrested and kicked off the team at Florida. And Jenkins said that he's been arrested three times, twice for marijuana and once for a bar fight. Jenkins said that he failed only one drug test at Florida.

It's going to be fascinating to see what happens with Jenkins leading up to the draft in April. He's an incredible talent, who hung with the best receivers in the SEC before transferring to North Alabama, where he says he wasn't challenged enough.

But he has big-time character issues. That he's willing to stand up on a podium and speak openly and honestly about those issues is impressive and could go a long way with teams interested in improving their secondary.

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Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:04 pm
 

to sideline GURU

Addiction to drugs is not a character weakness or something you just get 
over.
it was Pot, a non-addictive naturally occuring plant.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:01 pm
 

Janoris Jenkins answers all character questions

"Janoris Jenkins Jr., Legend, Janorion and Paris," Jenkins said when someone asked him what his childrens' names were.
His questionable judgment even extends to naming his children



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:06 am
 

Janoris Jenkins answers all character questions

I would be SHOCKED if the Steelers drafted this kid in the second round if he was still there let alone the first round. This kid sounds like the second coming of Santonio Holmes, ton of talent, probably have a good career and have the potential to "time to be great". But he has multiple kids (see Holmes) has issues with marijuana (see Holmes) and some character issues coming outbid college ( see Holmes). The Steelers GAVE away holes for a 5th rounder does anyone think they would invest an pick let alone a 1st or even 2nd round pick on this guy? I don't see it happening


waixingren
Since: Feb 27, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:37 am
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Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:48 am
 

Janoris Jenkins answers all character questions

Addiction to drugs is not a character weakness or something you just get
over. Jenkins will need a tough drug councilor and maintain a program for life.
Having football skills are not enough to make it in the NFL. So drafting him in
the mid first round could haunt the team that takes that risk. I am sure Marvin
Lewis now knows why WR Simpson never could mature as a NFL player. U of F did
this young man a favor and took actions to get his attention. There appears to
be a great crop of CB's in this Draft why risk your teams future.



robmcm2334
Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 7:28 pm
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 2:54 pm
 

Janoris Jenkins answers all character questions

As a steeler fan I hope they don't get him.  We do not need a shut down corner, that is what Ike is.  We have more important positions to take care of first at NT, ILB, guards and tackles.  They were #1 pass def in the league so no, they do not need a shut down corner.  



Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 2:31 pm
 

Janoris Jenkins answers all character questions

I would think if he lasted that long, the Cowboys would snag him as "best athlete on the board and filling a need" before he slid down to the Steelers. Terrance Newman is/should be out the door, and Jenkins' character is a perfect fit for Dallas (hidden sarcasm). I guess, teams then would "have" to throw at Jenkins, since there would be 1 on each side. LOL!! It's good to see kids who screw up as young adults right their wrongs and make the most of their opportunities. Hopefully he stays on track and has good support around him.



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:38 pm
 

Janoris Jenkins answers all character questions

I met him at The Senior Bowl, He is ready and truly changed and very mature, we talked 15 mins or so at The Gator Club Dinner.

As an avid long time Steeler fan, and the Steelers needing a shut down corner, I would hope if hes still on the board we would snach him up.

But if he doesnt go in the top 10 picks I would be shocked. he's a 2 time All-American and All SEC.

Please be stupid other teams and leave him for the Steelers. Spikes.      


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