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The Case For Janoris Jenkins

Mar 27 2012 10:02 AM HeatCheck Carolina Panthers

Janoris Jenkins | 5'10" | 193 | North Alabama

N. Alabama Stats (1 year) 2 INTs, 53 tackles

Florida Stats (3 Years) 8 INTs, 121 tackles


First want to say that if Morris Claiborne falls to our #9 pick we'd be stupid not to select him. He might not be as good a cover corner but he is right up there with Janoris. That coupled along with Jenkins's past makes Mo a safer pick. But I just want to make the case for Janoris Jenkins, whether that be at #9 or if we trade down.

Janoris Jenkins's talent should never really come into question. He has always been highly touted as he was one of the top recruits coming out of high school. As a true freshman, Janoris started from day 1 at CB. He was just the second true freshman to do that at the University of Florida. While in Gainesville he was a part of some great defenses. He even shared the field with Joe Haden. Anybody who watched Gator games would know that that was one of the best CB tandem in all of college football. But if you had to grade them separately, Janoris always seemed a couple notches above. Haden was the better athlete and had great ball skills. But Jenkins was the better cover corner and was able to limit the throws to his side of the field. The Browns now have their CB for the future in Haden and we could do the same with Jenkins.

I know many are wary of Jenkins's past and rightfully so. He has been caught multiple times for marijuana and was kicked off UF's football team heading into his senior season. Personally, I think this was one of the best things that could have happened to Janoris. It gave Janoris a new perspective on his situation, "It humbled me a lot seeing how I went from Florida to a Division II football school in one season. It really humbled me as a kid. It taught me a lot. The environment was totally different, from 95,000 in "The Swamp" to 3,500 at UNA. Big difference." This humbling experience matured him and allowed him to see how his decision making can affect him on the football field. Going from the SEC to division II, Jenkins realized the spotlight wasn't nearly as big. Jenkins never failed a drug test at UNA according to Bowden and has kept his nose clean off the football field.

Why It Makes Sense for the Panthers?
I think most could argue that CB is the one position that needs to be upgraded the most. If not the top need, it's 1b. Besides Gamble, our CBs are hardly reliable. Adding a CB that can actually cover to go alongside Gamble will ease our safeties. I feel like playing safety on a team that can't defend the pass or the run has to be a tough task. Not knowing whether to shade a certain side of the field to defend the pass or coming up in the box to stop the run seemed like a constant dilemma for our safeties. Jenkins would be the first step in making this a more complete defense.

I think many would agree that this years draft class is deep in the CB department but that doesn't mean there isn't a drop off in terms of talent.

Personal Scouting Report
First, I will begin with the negatives for Jenkins. I'll start with the obvious character concern. As many know, Jenkins played at UNA this year because he was no longer a part of the UF football team after multiple violations. Many have cited this reason alone for wanting nothing to do with him. As far as on the field weaknesses, there is really only one glaring concern and that is his size. I think his size, or lack thereof, is more of a concern in run support than in the pass game.

If you can get past his character concerns, it's easy to see that Jenkins is a stud CB. Addressing his history of bad decision making, I truly think that his time at Division II matured him. If he can keep his nose clean he will be a great CB. He does lack size but that didn't seem like a problem for him when defending the top receivers in the SEC. He has good leaping ability. He is very agile and has fluid hips that allows him to change direction even while reacting to the wideout. And even on the rare occasion that there is a sizable separation, Jenkins is able to cover ground with his speed. He is the best cover corner in this years draft because of his ability to shut down and truly limit one side of the field. Concerning run support, Janoris has great instincts. He is very aggressive and is able to stop the back before he can make his move. But because of his size he is not always able to make the tackle. But the fact that he can get there with great speed, he can at least slow things down so the linebackers can clean up the mess.


Most have seen his work at UF but here are Highlights from UNA


I understand the people that want to stay away from him because of his past. But what I can't understand are the people that are able to overlook the character concerns but are suggesting CBs (not named Claiborne) over Janoris. As far as just talent and production, he is in the debate for the #1 CB in the draft.

I think the positives outweigh the negatives and truly feel he has matured from his time at UNA. He is saying all the right things and has taken ownership of his mistakes in his interviews. This is much better than placing the blame somewhere else or trying to find excuses. Admitting your mistakes is the first step in the process of changing as a person. And that is what I see from for Janoris Jenkins.

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some of you would be surprised how many NFL players smoke weed. with that being said, i believe JJ will be a baller. doubt he is there at 40 so we would have to take him at 9.

Gilmore is a lot like Gamble.. Actually..


No Kirkpatrick is identical to Gamble.
Gumble is a bit similar to Gamble.

if you have a drink from time to time, are you an alcoholic? granted, marijuana is illegal, but that's aside from the imagery you convey..

drug problems.. sheesh..


If you get two DUIs in less than 3 months are you not an alcoholic? I mean lets be serious, the imagery I am painting is factual.

If you have consistently smoked marijuana in your life for extended amounts of time, you would probably realize that the substance itself is not what is addictive, but usually those who smoke tend to form a habit of needing an oral fixation. Classifying a teenager as an "addict" for smoking marijuana in his spare time is a bit absurd. Also, the drug test for the NCAA are random. Nearly every friend of mine here at college complain about random screenings every season and all season long.

I'm not trying to turn this into a marijuana debate, I just think you would be surprised at how many athletes smoked the substance in their collegiate careers and in the off-season and still go on to be stud professional athletes.


NCAA randomly tests for Performance enhancers not Drugs. If they did half of College athletes would be suspended. Getting busted in less than thee months apart for something screams red flag. If Cam excepted two stolen lap tops people would have gone ape poo. Everyone knows Coaches warn players of these things and his first time was looked over but he ignored it and got busted again. That just does not say first round pick to me.
The thing is, Janoris never got harsh punishment at Florida under Meyer. So he never really learned his lesson. Muschamp came in and kicked him off. That was the wake up call.

If you get two DUIs in less than 3 months are you not an alcoholic? I mean lets be serious, the imagery I am painting is factual.


uhhh....no it's not.

One puts your and others' lives in danger. The other is not harmful to yourself or others and tested for at random.

And once again, there have been no reports of him smoking since being dismissed from Florida. No one is denying the fact that he has screwed up many times in the past. All we are saying is people CAN change. He deserves the opportunity to come and talk to JR and Rivera so they can evaluate him as a person. If they think he has matured and they trust him, I want him as a Panther. If they think he is a shithead, then I trust that opinion and don't want him.

uhhh....no it's not.

One puts your and others' lives in danger. The other is not harmful to yourself or others and tested for at random.

And once again, there have been no reports of him smoking since being dismissed from Florida. No one is denying the fact that he has screwed up many times in the past. All we are saying is people CAN change. He deserves the opportunity to come and talk to JR and Rivera so they can evaluate him as a person. If they think he has matured and they trust him, I want him as a Panther. If they think he is a shithead, then I trust that opinion and don't want him.


So getting a DUI for smoking pot is ok but getting a DUI for drinking is not? Genius

and just to clarify that he was in a car cause I know someone is going to argue that.

Gainesville police said they found a marijuana cigar in the console of the vehicle


The kid is talented but not worth a first round pick for at #9. If we were picking 20th or later then sure but not at 9.
Jenkins is my #1 choice @ #9.
Coples, Kuechly, Ingram, or Kirkpatrick would be fine @ 9 too.
I dont think any DT is worth #9 at this point.
All I see in that video is punt return, punt return, punt return

Rather take Dre

All I see in that video is punt return, punt return, punt return

Rather take Dre


I mentioned earlier that I put that video up there because many haven't seen much footage from his year at UNA. But if you haven't seen him at UF, he was a great cover corner as I note in the original post. Better than Dre. Don't get hung up on the video, I'm not campaigning for a returner at #9.
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His smile is fake too, I hear.

I like Gilmore in the 2nd round too. High character kid, good grades, good football IQ, gifted physically. Really think he'll be a lot like Gamble.


With this becoming a pass oriented league, having 3-4 top CB's is becomming a necessity. Both Gilmore and Jenkins are likely to come off the board in the first round.

With this becoming a pass oriented league, having 3-4 top CB's is becomming a necessity. Both Gilmore and Jenkins are likely to come off the board in the first round.


You may be right. I'm taking comfort in 2 notions:
1. The CB class is pretty deep and there is more doubt about the DL's and LB's having immediate impact.
2. I'm hoping a couple of teams pull an Atlanta and decide, "We HAVE to have this guy NOW!" and trade the rest of their drafts to get him. Washington did it pre-emptively, I have confidence that a couple others will look to trade up to get certain players they have decided are a head or so above the rest...like Coples or Tannehill.
He's not going to be our first round pick.

NCAA randomly tests for Performance enhancers not Drugs. If they did half of College athletes would be suspended. Getting busted in less than thee months apart for something screams red flag. If Cam excepted two stolen lap tops people would have gone ape poo. Everyone knows Coaches warn players of these things and his first time was looked over but he ignored it and got busted again. That just does not say first round pick to me.


NCAA tests randomly for all drugs. They don't have separate tests. It's not like the receive the results and say, "Hey, this player is clean on steroids but had a positive test for marijuana. But since we were only testing for steroids, we'll let him slide." A drug test is a drug test. They cover them all.
I don't think he would be our first round pic. However had to pie you for an awesome argument and post.

NCAA tests randomly for all drugs. They don't have separate tests. It's not like the receive the results and say, "Hey, this player is clean on steroids but had a positive test for marijuana. But since we were only testing for steroids, we'll let him slide." A drug test is a drug test. They cover them all.


http://sports.espn.g...tory?id=2918911

A proposal that would have expanded the NCAA's drug-testing policy to include street drugs was rejected Wednesday by an NCAA committee.


You sir are wrong and its at the schools discretion to test for drugs.

You sir are wrong and its at the schools discretion to test for drugs.


My bad. Am I misinterpreting this then:

NCAA drug testing programs are as follows:

NCAA Year-Round Drug-Testing Program
All student-athletes competing in any Division I & II sports are subject to NCAA random on or off-campus drug testing throughout the year (including summer).

Substances tested: All NCAA banned categories [i.e., stimulants, anabolic agents, diuretics, urine manipulators, street drugs; and beta blockers and alcohol (rifle only)].

http://www.cheyney.e...rug-Testing.cfm

I knew they tested for marijuana and I read the NCAA randomly tests so I just assumed they tested randomly for marijuana. But according to you, I guess that's not the case. But who's to say the school's administered drug tests aren't random?

But really that point to me is not really a deciding one. He realizes what he did was wrong and is trying assure teams that the can't do it anymore because of his family.
hmm let me think.... No

hmm let me think.... No


Great post...

Would like to hear some reasoning behind your opinion.
I'm not gonna support wasting a #9 pick on jenkins... ESPN Mock Draft has him falling to us in the second. It may not happen but we will see.

I'm not gonna support wasting a #9 pick on jenkins... ESPN Mock Draft has him falling to us in the second. It may not happen but we will see.


It'll only be wasted if his troubled past continues on this level. In all likelihood he won't bust because of talent. He has top ten talent.
I don't believe in reaches and most coaches and GMs don't either, including ours. If the player you want is there and he will really help the team out, you take him. I would not be upset with Jenkins at 9.