04/30/2012 - His off-field issues dropped cornerback Janoris Jenkins out of the first round, but the Rams are confident they will provide the support that will allow Jenkins to reach his potential. "With Janoris, I don't see risk - but I see so much potential for reward," Fisher told Miochael Silver of Yahoo! Sports. "He has a chance to be a very productive player in this league. We can't change the past, but we can provide an opportunity for him to be successful in the future." General manager Les Snead told Fisher, "This is part of the philosophy I've talked about - build, develop, coach. So everybody in this room who touches this player is going to be part of making him successful. He will be successful." Jenkins ended up at North Alabama after marijuana use resulted in his departure from Florida. He already has four children with three women. Ass for the marijuana issue, Jenkins told the Palm beach (Fla.) Post, "I was just being a college student. I'm pretty sure there were more guys than me that smoked. I just got caught." Jenkins also told SiriusXM, "Everybody that skipped over me, they just gonna pay for it. When they (Rams fans) get to know me, once you guys get to know me, I'm gonna be a role model for the kids outside of football. Y'all are gonna realize that I'm not a bad person, I just made a few mistakes and I learned from them. And y'all are also getting a great football player that's gonna buy into the program." That's what Fisher is counting on. - The Sports Xchange
After being dismissed by new Florida coach Will Muschamp following a second charge involving marijuana, Jenkins finished his career at North Alabama last season.
He might have qualified for the NFL supplemental draft last year, but preferred to take time to rehabilitate his off-field image -- and a shoulder injury -- so pro scouts would judge him more on his on-field abilities. And pro scouts think his on-field ability is extraordinary.
Jenkins has that rare combination of instincts, quickness and agility needed to be a truly great cover cornerback. Scouts at the Senior Bowl likened his play to that of several-time All-Pro Asante Samuel (Philadelphia Eagles).
Jenkins flashed his talents in 2010 at Florida when he held two players selected in the top six of last year's draft to an average of 38 yards a game -- Georgia's A. J. Green (No. 4 pick, Cincinnati Bengals) and Alabama's Julio Jones (No. 6 pick, Atlanta Falcons. At the Scouting Combine he was unofficially clocked at 4.46 seconds in 40 yards.
He should be able to step in immediately and cover those pesky slot receivers as well as help as a punt returner.
Read & React: Rare anticipatory skills. Sneaks a peek into the backfield and anticipates routes very well. Possesses as good a break on the ball as any cornerback in the country. Will get himself in trouble as he's highly aggressive and thus, susceptible to double-moves, but possesses the quick feet, loose hips and good speed to recover if the quarterback doesn't attack immediately. Quick to react to the run.
Man Coverage: Low, quick backpedal. Loose hips and smooth acceleration. Easily changes directions to mirror receivers. Doesn't have great size, but flashes good physicality in press coverage. Gets a good initial jam on the receiver and has the agility to turn and run downfield.
Zone Coverage: Good awareness for zone coverage. Has a good feel for the receivers and their routes due to film preparation and keeps his eyes trained on the quarterback. Can drift when he sees the quarterback focusing on an area and is therefore susceptible to savvy passers. Quick to react to the thrown pass and converge on the ball.
Closing/Recovery: Very good downhill closing speed due to his willingness to gamble by reading the quarterback's eyes as well as exceptionally quick feet. Times his leap well and has good ball skills for the INT. Can extend and pluck outside of his frame. Good vision and elusiveness for the return.
Run Support: An underrated component to his game. Reads run quickly and isn't afraid to go inside the box. Fights through the receiver block and is willing to take on bigger ballcarriers. Good lateral agility to break down in space.
Tackling: A bit inconsistent in this area, though he's more physical and typically a more reliable open field tackler than most at his position. Will lead with his shoulder trying to make the highlight reel hit and leave himself vulnerable to missed tackles. Will sell out for the PBU/interception and, if he misses, leave the receiver running away from him. Takes good angles in pursuit and breaks down to make the secure stop against elusive athletes in the open field.
Intangibles: Started 37 of 40 games over his career; missing only one (2010 Outback Bowl) due to injury. Showed his toughness by playing through a torn labrum in his right shoulder nearly the entire season. Injury worsened throughout the year, forcing him to miss the Outback Bowl to have surgery to repair it. Arrested in May, 2009 for his role in a fight. Was tasered and originally charged with affray and resisting arrest without violence, both misdemeanors. The affray charge was later dropped. Was arrested twice in the span of four months following the 2010 season for marijuana possession. His second arrest prompted new Florida head coach Will Muschamp to kick him off the team, leading to Jenkins' transfer to North Alabama. Was ejected for throwing a punch at a Delta State player on October 13 and had to sit out the first half of UNA's next game (West Alabama).