The day before the first round of the 2012 NFL draft, Adam Schefter has reported that cornerback Janoris Jenkins has taken a mighty blow to his draft stock.
Once a potential top-10 pick from Florida, it's been said Jenkins was removed from a number of team's draft boards. Schefter added that Jenkins shouldn't even expect to go in the first round of Thursday's draft.
After watching extensive film of Jenkins, talent-wise he's still a consensus top-10 pick—and at the very least, he's top-15.
Things turned off NFL franchises from investing a first-round draft selection on Jenkins are his legal history, repeated substance abuse problems, being forced to transfer schools and the fact that he's fathered multiple children.
All of these things do not effect his performance on the football field.
If Schefter is correct and Jenkins falls into Round 2, the 49ers should jump up and take him. He's a steal and a great bargain for someone who would likely fall in line and conduct himself like the rest of the 49ers.
But Harbaugh and company identify talent, and if it's worth the risk, they roll the dice.
General Manager Trent Baalke said last week that it doesn't matter what a player did elsewhere; they care about what players do as 49ers.
Jenkins has the talent — and similar to NaVorro Bowman's fall to the third round, a player with first-round talent — the 49ers were willing to take a leap of faith. Bowman has worked out beautifully because the environment gave him the right mindset and opportunity to succeed.
If the 49ers added Jenkins to a secondary with multiple Pro Bowlers, he could be a long-term solution to the cornerback position well after Carlos Rogers has retired.
This isn't a player the 49ers should pass up if he's indeed still on the board in Round 2.
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