He’s the Darrelle Revis of college football. He doesn’t shy away from competition and looks to take on the other team’s #1 playmaker. Unlike the other top cornerbacks in this draft, Jenkins will shadow the top opposing receiver no matter where the receiver lines up. He’s physical and not just in a pass defense only mindset.
Jenkins looks to make play and it doesn’t matter if it’s picking a pass or coming off the route and stopping the running back coming out of the backfield. He’s one of the most sure tacklers in the college game. His physicality allows him to battle the bigger receivers. It takes their concentration off of the route and makes their focus turn to getting separation from the 5’10 Jenkins.
When he is out of position, he still shows great recovery speed to defend passes and he also has some of the quickest hips on change of direction. Janoris can play the receiver tight or he can back off and still make a difference. When he steps back from the line, he’s usually baiting in the quarterback. Most signal callers underestimate how quick Jenkins’ break on the ball is. After Janoris has broken the quarterback’s will to throw to his side, he hides the corner blitz and is in the backfield before the quarterback or the ball carrier can change route.
I mention that Jenkins is always looking to make a play whether it’s in the passing game or versus the run. He has this ability to recognize it early because he’s one of the select few corners that look in the backfield while in coverage. This puts him at risk and has come back to bite him a time or two. He jumps the route or either bites on the double move and while he does have tremendous make up speed, that won’t save him if he doesn’t correct that before the next level.
He’s a playmaker by nature so playing him in zone takes him out of his element and he tends to flow out of his zone, giving up containment on whoever enters it. He’s very confident / prideful and maybe too much so. After his departure from Florida he seemed to struggle to get up for games while in North Alabama uniforms. He didn’t play as well in 2011 as his 2010 season against tougher competition. I can only speculate but he play as if the competition was beneath him and he shows on film not finishing plays.
Now, let’s talk about the big, psychedelic elephant in the room. His departure from Florida during the offseason, basically seemed like Craig from “Friday” getting fired on his day off. Different teams will view the problems with marijuana differently and that will effect his draft stock more than his play.
The NFL said that they would start policing teams that continuously draft players with character issues. I can understand some concerns about Jenkins past but we can’t go overboard and act like he’s getting arrested for shooting at or next to people like Aqib Talib and Rolando McClain (allegedly).
Janoris is the only elite cornerback in this draft and what I mean by that is that he’s the only one worthy of a top 10 pick despite his character issues. If I’m an NFL team in need of a young, starting cornerback, I don’t hesitate and draft Jenkins. There’s a little lower risk now thanks to the rookie pool. Jenkins departure from Florida came the week of the 2011 NFL draft. Hopefully a year later, that week will mark his departure from one team and joining another in a little more positive light.
- CB, North Alabama
- Ht: 5’10
- Wt: 191
- 40 time: 4.42
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