It’s coming folks. We’re now under two weeks away from the NFL Draft, and with that comes the annual onslaught of posturing and hyperbole. It’s great. So come with us, and let’s drown in rumors together every day.
We’ve detailed the trials and tribulations of Northern Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins. He was kicked off the Florida Gators after several run ins with the law, and then Jenkins cleaned up his act under Terry Bowden during his senior year at a Division II school.
Well, apparently that cozy Hollywood narrative isn’t quite true. NFL Network’s Albert Breer quotes scouts and executives who say Jenkins hasn’t learned from the past, and that being a big fish in a little pond at Northern Alabama only made things worse:
An AFC college scout made it simpler regarding Jenkins: “He’s not a bad person. He just makes a lot of dumb, dumb mistakes. He just smokes and (has sex), and that’s essentially what it is. … And there’s just awful decision-making associated with that. I don’t think he’s a bad person. But he has a lot of soul-searching to do. I wouldn’t touch him in the first round.”
While it makes me cringe to agree with a nameless scout speaking from the comforts of anonymity, Mr. AFC Scout has a point. Smoking weed and having sex do not make you a bad person. Failing drug tests and having four kids with three different women doesn’t make you a bad person. But for NFL talent evaluators who can’t afford to miss on a player in the first round, it’s troubling.
There is an old boys’ club in the NFL that lusts for the ‘All-American role model’ they can market to their fans while making loads of money off of jersey sales and endorsements. Unfortunately for Jenkins, he doesn’t fit that prototype and likely never will. Let’s be clear: he had a role to play in his fall from draft boards if these faceless figures are to be believed:
“He’s running with the wrong people,” an NFC personnel executive said. “They gave him every chance in the world at Florida, and it didn’t work. … And he gets to North Alabama, and he’s still smoking because he’s got this big-fish, little-pond thing going. I don’t see him going in the first round, and a lot of teams have him off their board completely.
I hope Jenkins proves these people wrong. I hope someone will take a flier on what many consider the best cover corner in the draft. When you destroy someone’s reputation days before the biggest day of his life, at least put your damn name on it.
Hold on, here comes more smoke…
- The Cowboys are big Fletcher Cox fans, but they don’t believe he’ll be there at No. 14. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
- Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe doesn’t think the Patriots will use a first-round pick on Jenkins [Twitter]
- Shutdown Corner’s Doug Farrar doesn’t think Jonathan Martin is worth a first-round pick. [Twitter]
- Tony Pauline reports that the Bears are looking to add speed rushers, and they may target Boise St. product Shea McClellin [Draft Insider]
- Brian Billick believes Stanford guard David DeCastro is just as much of a sure thing as Andrew Luck and Trent Richardson. [Twitter]
- Mel Kiper Jr. thinks that the best case scenario for Jacksonville in their seventh overall slot is a slight tumble by Justin Blackmon. [ESPN]
- Kiper also believes that outside of Luck and RG3, Brandon Weeden is the most NFL ready quarterback in the draft. [ESPN]
- Dane Brugler can see Dontari Poe and Courtney Upshaw falling to the 21-32 range in the first round. [Twitter]
- Mike Mayock says Syracuse DE Chandler Jones is a mid first-round pick, and compares favorably to JPP when he came out of USF. [NFL Mocks]
- Don Banks has the Bills taking Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd at number 10. [SI]