One of the top cornerbacks in the NFL Draft, North Alabama’s Janoris Jenkins, is a controversial figure. He has all of the talent you could ask for, but has character concerns that would scare any NFL general manager away. After being kicked of the Florida Gators for three arrests related to marijuana, you think Jenkins would have learned his lesson. However, that may not have been the case.
Per NFL Network’s Albert Breer, Jenkins told teams during the pre-draft process that he continued to smoke marijuana throughout his time at North Alabama.
“This is a multiple offender of the drug policy in college, and it’s not like there were no character concerns at North Alabama,” an AFC personnel executive told Breer. “He had multiple opportunities to get away from it. He didn’t at Florida, and he went to North Alabama and he wasn’t clean there. … It was more of the same.”
One of the most troubling facts about this is that Jenkins has changed his story. It wasn’t too long ago that he had said he was getting had surrounded himself with new people and avoided smoking pot. Now, he’s saying that he continued to smoke at North Alabama. Where is the consistency, Janoris?
“He gets to North Alabama, and he’s still smoking because he’s got this big-fish, little-pond thing going,” said one NFC executive. “I don’t see him going in the first round, and a lot of teams have him off their board completely.”
Jenkins is one of the top, if not the best, man-to-man cornerback in this draft class. Unfortunately, the marijuana issues and multiple other concerns could have Jenkins slide out of the first-round all together. One AFC college scout said, “I wouldn’t touch him in the first round.”
It will be interesting to see where Jenkins winds up on draft day. Will teams be able to overlook his massive character concerns and take him where his talent suggests he should be take? Or will teams be scared away by a player with illegal habits and wreckless behavior off-the-field?
Some team could end up very happy, if Jenkins slides — while 31 other teams could be very happy that they avoided the potential trainwreck all together.