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The Case For Janoris Jenkins

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So, in your opinion, EVERY person who has smoked weed is forever a bad person? Losing a D-1 scholarship, being kicked off your team, and losing the spotlight as a star football player can be a humbling experience that you will never live through. To automatically write him off based on his past is ignorant and you are the dumb one.

Man, you'd think people would learn this when looking at Cam. Yeah, he didn't smoke weed but he was screwing up and did so multiple times, which is why he was kicked off the team. People wrote him off and said he wasn't mature, could never be a leader, and was an arrogant kid with a fake smile and no work ethic despite his coaches and new teammates saying otherwise. Tell me, how correct was that observation?

I'm not saying there is a guarantee that Jenkins has changed. But he should be given the opportunity to come in and talk with JR and Rivera. The kid's talent is unreal and it'd be stupid to write him off without giving him a chance to prove himself.

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So, in your opinion, EVERY person who has smoked weed is forever a bad person? Losing a D-1 scholarship, being kicked off your team, and losing the spotlight as a star football player can be a humbling experience that you will never live through. To automatically write him off based on his past is ignorant and you are the dumb one.

If you are at one of the biggest programs in college football, are considered the absolute best player at your position in the nation, are a guaranteed top-10 pick, and have everything going for you where you are and you still choose to do things that risk your career, this raises some red flags. Sure, people can change. But JJ gave a lot away just to light up.

The question is what will he do with all the money, free time, "friends", and spotlight when he is drafted?

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If you are at one of the biggest programs in college football, are considered the absolute best player at your position in the nation, are a guaranteed top-10 pick, and have everything going for you where you are and you still choose to do things that risk your career, this raises some red flags. Sure, people can change. But JJ gave a lot away just to light up.

The question is what will he do with all the money, free time, "friends", and spotlight when he is drafted?

In my opinion, the guy thought he was invincible. Like you said, he was the best player on one of the best teams in the country. Had everything handed to him and was basically guaranteed an NFL career. In his mind, he could do whatever he wanted because the team needed him. However, he should know by now that people won't put up with that crap and they will dismiss you from their team. I'd hope that he got a glimpse of reality and saw that everything can be taken away for his mistakes.

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In my opinion, the guy thought he was invincible. Like you said, he was the best player on one of the best teams in the country. Had everything handed to him and was basically guaranteed an NFL career. In his mind, he could do whatever he wanted because the team needed him. However, he should know by now that people won't put up with that crap and they will dismiss you from their team. He got a glimpse that everything can be taken away for his mistakes.

I agree. This kind of situation can definitely have that impact on someone. It's just a hard judgment call for an NFL executive to pay someone that much money based on hope that the player has changed. Whoever takes him needs to ask the team leader and the leader on defense to take him under their wing. He needs to be closely monitored for a while.

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If the risk isn't the talent then you must be hung up on the character concern. So why is the risk worth it just one round below?

Just one round makes all the difference. You see a big dropoff in salary between the #9 overall and the #40 overall picks. You don't spend a Top 10 pick on a guy with character concerns. You need that Top 10 pick to be as sure-fire as possible. Not just on the football field, but in the community, and you don't want this guy getting suspended for off-field issues.

I am sure he won't be the top player on our board at #9.

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You don't spend a Top 10 pick on a guy with character concerns.

I hate to keep repeating this, but didn't we have this same debate last year?

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You guys make it seem as if we're just going to draft Janoris and hope everything works out by chance. The coaches' main goal is to teach these players football, but if that is all they can teach they're going to be stuck with a bunch of lazy kids that don't understand the significance and the honor of playing in the NFL. There's a lot more to entering the league than learning a playbook. You gotta remember these are all kids. They don't have no jobs. They don't have no responsibility outside of playing glorified high school football and getting good grades in all their classes. They're not going to instantly mature the second they get handed a contract to sign. It's the coaches job to make sure that these kids are prepared physically AND mentally. When you think about it, the maturity of every player in the draft and their potential to advance should be questioned, not just players that have been caught smoking weed. I, for one, have faith in coach Rivera and his staff to be able whip this kid into shape on the field and in his own head.

fun scenario: trade down, get Janoris late in the 1st, get Jerel Worthy in the 2nd, get Super Bowl in the 2nd

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Tell me....What did Jenkins probably say to coaches after his first drug bust? What is he saying now? HINT: The same damn things. If you think going undergound to a FCS (I AA) school cured him enough to invest a high pick on him-you are dumb.

Yes, RR can contol him. Shouldn't Rivera be spending his time doing other things? You folks act like we are running a day care-rehab service. Not worth it. In my experience, people on drugs will lie and let you down. EVERY TIME.

I am dumb because I think going to a Division II team (not FCS like you say) humbles someone. This is the first time I have heard Janoris say, "I'm done with marijuana forever. I can't do it, man."

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we better nail this "top 10" pick ............because it will be our last one for quite so time.

we'll be picking in the 20's from here on out.

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