Janoris Jenkins Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On March – 12 – 2012
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"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Janoris Jenkins"Janoris Jenkins

North Alabama

Ht. 5-10 Wt. 191


Man Coverage:  Janoris Jenkins three seasons at Florida and one at North Alabama were primarily spent in man coverage.  He has fluid hips with quick feet and excellent short area quickness.  He may have the “prettiest” backpedal of any CB in this draft, his ability to stay low throughout the backpedal and drive on the football is impressive.  He’s a quick twitch athlete with enough recovery speed to gamble.  Jenkins trusts his eyes and does an excellent job of staying in the hip pocket of receivers.  He will get overly aggressive in press man on the jam and takes a lot of risks which sometimes don’t pay off.  He played at his best against top competition while at Florida.


Zone Coverage:  I can’t say I saw enough of Jenkins in zone to give an accurate assessment.  What I know about him would lend itself to be an effective zone corner.  He has the receiver awareness and instincts to be at home in zone coverage.


Ball Skills:  Jenkins proved at Florida to have a nose for the football.  He uses his body well to cut down throwing lanes and plays the sideline really well.  He possesses above-average hands and won’t drop many thrown at him.  He isn’t a great leaper and his short frame will allow taller receivers to make plays over the top.


Tackling:  Jenkins will surprise you with his ability to tackle.  He’s an aggressive player that isn’t afraid to stick his nose into traffic.  He is a good form tackler that wraps and sees his target.  He can be overaggressive at times which results in missed tackles.


Size/Athleticism:  Jenkins measured in at the Senior Bowl at just a shade under 5’10 which could be problematic.  He plays much bigger than his listed size but is susceptible to losing jump ball situations.  He’s a solid overall athlete for the position with the physicality and speed to be considered among the top CB’s in this class.


Bottom Line:  With only one game to analyze from 2011 at North Alabama its tough to project.  Most of this report is off 2009-2010 Florida material.  With Jenkins skill set one would have to believe he would have been a top 10-15 CB without all the off-the-field issues.  He will have a rough go of selling himself to NFL evaluators given the number of instances of indiscretions.  I still think he’s a top 20 player and on the right team could be an immediate impact player.


Draft Projection:  Top 20

  • steppxxxxz

    been rumors he isnt quite as good as he was at Florida. Any thoughts?

    • Brad

      I watched three N. Alabama games and thought he was equally as good. I don’t think you can compare the two because of the variance in talent between competition. That said, I was impressed with what I saw from 2011. Top 15 talent but I think he goes later in round 1 with the Giants being the floor for him…they can’t pass on that talent that late in the draft. That’s a preview of the mock I’m working on now.

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