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Janoris Jenkins' off-field issues continued at North Alabama

Janoris Jenkins' off-field issues continued at North Alabama

By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com
If -- or perhaps when -- Janoris Jenkins falls into Day Two or even Day Three of the 2012 NFL draft, he'll have only himself to blame.

Jenkins was arguably the most talented player Will Muschamp inherited when he took over as the head coach of the Florida Gators in 2011. After Jenkins was arrested twice over a four-month span, Muschamp kicked him off the team and the talented cornerback elected to transfer to North Alabama. Scouts had hoped the change of scenery would force Jenkins to mature. Instead, Jenkins' poor off-field decision-making continued, a league source confirms to NFLDraftScout.com. The source cited the fact that Jenkins "kept up the partying" while at North Alabama.

Citing a personnel executive from an AFC team, NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Thursday that Jenkins was a "multiple offender of the drug policy in college, and it's not like there were no character concerns at North Alabama. He had multiple opportunities to get away from it. He didn't at Florida, and he went to North Alabama and he wasn't clean there."

For scouts, it isn't just the fact that Jenkins has repeatedly had run-ins with the police or tested positive for marijuana or even the fact that he has already fathered four children (with three different women). The concern is that Jenkins doesn't seem to be learning from the potentially disastrous behavior -- despite saying all the right things whenever anyone will listen.

Evidence that Jenkins' behavior continues to be an issue is virtually everywhere one cares to look.

Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal recently reported that Jenkins traveled to Las Vegas following his surprising disassociation from highly regarded agency CAA.

While a young man traveling to Vegas is certainly no crime, the timing of the trip certainly won't win Jenkins any favors with scouts who can't help but wonder if the talented cornerback can't stay away from potentially negative influences before he's given a multi-million dollar contract, how can they expect him to make better decisions once he has more money and fame?

Jenkins is a terrific football player. His speed and agility make him a natural cover corner. He's a ball-hawk (10 career interceptions) with return skills (three punts returned for touchdowns in 2011, alone). Despite an "average" build at 5-10, 193 pounds, he's willing in run support and has shown great toughness playing through pain. As such, he's a first round caliber prospect.

Based on his character concerns, however, Jenkins is currently rated by NFLDraftScout.com as likely to slip into the second round (No. 39 overall).

Frankly, that might be giving him more credit than he deserves.
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