2012 NFL Draft: Why Janoris Jenkins Is First-Round Answer for Denver Broncos

Aaron YoungCorrespondent IIIFebruary 26, 2012

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 13: Janoris Jenkins #1 of the Florida Gators gets the crowd up during a game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Denver front office is looking at its current roster, and it doesn’t look too shabby. There’s plenty of reason why the Broncos did so well last season, but there are also several reasons why the team was blown out by the New England Patriots in what turned out to be Denver’s last game of the season.

There was never any way the Denver Broncos were going to stop the New England Patriots. The Patriots simply had too many weapons and the Broncos simply had too few good defensive backs to cover them all.

Enter Janoris Jenkins.

With the 25th pick overall, the Denver Broncos select Janoris Jenkins, cornerback, North Alabama.

The ball hawk spent his senior season at North Alabama after transferring from the University of Florida. He was kicked out of Florida’s football program after being arrested twice in three months on drug-related offenses.

If he had foregone his senior year, it is likely he would have been an early first-rounder last year, but the arrests, along with the fact that he has been competing with lesser competition, will make him fall to the Broncos.

It should be noted that Jenkins has stayed clear of trouble at North Alabama.

There are basically two ways to draft players: you can draft the best player available or you can draft the player who fits your team’s needs. When it comes to Janoris Jenkins and the Denver Broncos, his talent meets the team’s needs perfectly.

Cornerback is arguably the Broncos’ biggest need in this upcoming draft. Champ Bailey and Andre’ Goodman are both 33 years old, so it is natural to start looking for replacements as they likely only have a couple more productive years.

Champ Bailey is still a quality top cornerback in the NFL, but he will not continue to play at that level much longer. Janoris Jenkins would be an immediate upgrade over Andre’ Goodman, and will likely overtake Bailey as the number one cornerback in 2013.

Janoris Jenkins is, as mentioned earlier, a ball hawk. His interception numbers don’t wow most people, but he does a fantastic job at breaking up passes. An easy way to describe him might be to refer to him as a great cover cornerback with very good instinct, but it’s even easier just to show you.

Some analysts consider Alshon Jeffery to be worthy of a first-round pick this April, but his lack of explosiveness might restrict him from being drafted that early. In the video that I’ve added to this article, you can watch him going up against Janoris Jenkins in 2010.

Regardless of whether you believe in Jeffery as a future first round draft pick or not, it is tough to argue that isn’t difficult to cover a receiver of his size. The former Gamecock is listed at 6’4”, and as the video will tell you, Jenkins does not have trouble taking on bigger receivers.

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