NFL Draft 2012: Janoris Jenkins and Players Who Are Worth the Risk
Janoris Jenkins is considered by many to be the top cover corner in the draft. But to say he carries some baggage is like saying that Real Housewives of New Jersey enjoy a little drama in their lives.
Jenkins started his career at Florida before being dismissed from the team because of off-the-field issues. He finished his career at North Alabama. Jenkins is known to smoke a little pot, but said he's clean, according to Mlive.com. He's also, according to NFL.com, fathered several children with several different women.
That kind of report sends red flags a flying in NFL front offices.
But not too long ago there was defensive linemen from Miami who also liked to toke up. His name was Warren Sapp. Considered by many to be the top defensive linemen in the draft his stock dropped like a rock after questions about his character crept up until he fell to Tampa Bay at No. 12 overall. He went on to win a Super Bowl and went to seven straight Pro Bowls.
Sometimes guys who aren't angels in college do succeed at the next level. Here is a list of seven that just might work out.
Janoris Jenkins has had a lot of problems since arriving in college as a four-star recruit. But the guy can play cover-corner, according to scouts. While in college he was able to keep star wideouts like A.J. Green and Julio Jones in check, according to NFL.com
In a pass-happy NFL players like Jenkins are at a premium, and if your team needs help defending giant wideouts he might be worth taking a chance on.
However, you might find yourself with the next Pacman Jones, too. Although, on the other hand, former Florida players Percy Harvin and Aaron Hernandez had positive drug tests while in college and have gone on to stay out of trouble in the NFL.
Big Help on an Offensive Line
Ohio State offensive linemen Mike Adams was involved in Tattoo-gate. He was one of five players suspended for taking improper benefits. He reportedly tested positive for marijuana before the NFL Combine and at the combine bench-pressed 225 lbs only 19 times.
So his draft stock has taken a bit of a hit recently.
But in his favor, he has NFL size (6'7'' 323 lbs), and has experience playing in big games while at Ohio State, so he likely wouldn't be fazed by playing on Sundays. He can also play left tackle.
The Man in the Middle
Vontaze Burfict can take over the game from his linebacker spot. But he's also been prone to meltdown emotionally during games, and can hurt his squad with ill-advised penalties.
He picked up 16 personal fouls in 26 games while at Arizona State. He also got into a fight with teammate.
Burfict did himself no favors with his performance at the NFL Scouting Combine where he ran a 4.9 40-time and struggled during interviews with teams. But he's also 6'3'', 259 lbs, and finished the 2011 season with five sacks and seven tackles for loss, according to SI.com.
Cleveland, which has 13 picks, could spend one on him, according to NFL.com
What a Catch
Wide receiver Michael Floyd had three alcohol-related incidents while attending Notre Dame. In two of them he was cited for underage drinking and the other cited for driving while over the legal limit (he tested at a BAC of 0.19, more than twice the legal limit).
Floyd, who is 6'3" and 220 lbs, was up front about his problems at the NFL Scouting Combine, according to the Boston Globe.
“It’s about moving forward. It’s about making sure you don’t make the same mistake again, and just keeping a positive head and staying on the positive side of things," Floyd said.
He's considered to be the second-best receiver in the draft behind behind Oklahoma States' Justin Blackmon, who was arrested for DUI in 2010.
A Nice No. 2 or No. 3
DeVier Posey has the size and athleticism to play in the NFL. But he was suspended for much of the 2011 season for receiving improper benefits, which took him off the radar of most draft experts.
Much like his teammate Mike Adams, he has plenty of experience playing in big games at Ohio State and should become a solid No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in his career.
LaMichael James has stayed out of trouble after being arrested for domestic violence in 2010.
He has said he's learned from the incident. The Oregon Duck was one of the most productive backs in the country last year picking up 1,085 yards and 18 TDs in 2011. He's a bit undersized though at 5'8" 194 pounds.
Justin Case You Need a Receiver
Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon was pulled over for a DUI in 2010 when coming home from a Dallas Cowboys game. He's blossomed into the premier receiver in this draft class.
There are concerns that he may be prone to drop easy passes, but that shouldn't keep him from going in the Top Five. Blackmon caught 121 passes for 1,522 yards and 18 TDs in 2011.