|NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins||03.09.12 at 8:19 am ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2012 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
School: North Alabama
Weight: 191 pounds
Achievements: All-Gulf South Conference second team, Associated Press All-America Division 2 second team, D2Football.com All-America second team
What he brings: Jenkins played just one season for Terry Bowden and North Alabama, and is primarily known for his time at Florida. He was a three-year starter for the Gators and was the second true freshman in school history to start at cornerback on opening day. His most recent season with Florida in 2010, Jenkins made 43 tackles and three interceptions, both career-bests at the FBS level. However, Jenkins does not come without baggage. He was dismissed from Florida in 2011 after being arrested for misdemeanor marijuana charges, his second drug-related arrest in three months, and in June 2009, he was arrested near a Florida bar for fighting and resisting arrest.
On the field, many consider Jenkins to be the top senior cornerback in the draft. He is light on his feet with an explosive closing burst of speed on receivers, as evidenced by his low 40 time of 4.36. Jenkins also made a considerable impact as a punt returner, finishing second in Division 2 in punt returns with a 21.7 average on 18 returns. He was the only Division II player with three punt returns for touchdowns.
Where the Patriots could get him: Round 1
Notes: Even for a cornerback Jenkins is a little undersized, but it has been noted that he has a natural feel for the position. He finished the 2011 season with 53 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. In 2010, Jenkins was voted All-SEC first team by the media and All-SEC second team by the league’s coaches. Dane Bulger of NFLDraftScout.com wrote that based on pure talent and ability, removing all of the character questions surrounding him, Jenkins is a “top-10 prospect.”
Video: Here are highlights of Jenkins from 2011.
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