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Road to the Draft: Janoris Jenkins

Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
5-foot-10, 193 pounds
Draft projection: late first to second round

Lowdown: Which team will take a chance on this very talented player with off-the-field question marks? Jenkins has first-round talent. He was a three year starter, beginning with his true freshman season, at the University of Florida. As a junior in 2010, he held top NFL picks Julio Jones of Alabama and A.J. Green of Georgia to an average of 38 yards a game. But he was dismissed from the Gators’ program by first-year coach Will Muschamp after being arrested twice in four months. He was arrested three times overall while with the Gators. He transferred to Division II North Alabama and started all 14 games there, getting six interceptions. Jenkins’ scrapes with the law involved an arrest for involvement in a bar fight and two arrests for marijuana possession. He has four children, reportedly by three different women, ranging in age from three years to 4 months. Jenkins is a clear-cut first-round talent, based solely on his play. He ran a 40-yard dash time of 4.46 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Jenkins did not duck questions about his off-field problems at the combine. “It made me a stronger person, taught me how to fight through reality,” he said. “That I’ve got to separate myself from certain guys, certain people. To be successful at the next level I can’t do the things I used to do.”

And he said he has not smoked marijuana since his dismissal from Florida. “I’m done with it forever, man. I can’t do it. It’s something I can’t let myself do again.”

Said Mike Mayock of the NFL Network: “Janoris Jenkins is one of the ultimate boom-or-bust guys in this draft. … Every team is a little different. Some teams will look him in the eye and convince themselves the kid is really going to change a little bit. Other teams are going to say he's never going to change his spots. That's who he is. What happens is the more talented kids get more chances, and Jenkins is a pretty talented kid and somebody is going to buy into that.”

---Mark Gaughan

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