2012 San Francisco 49ers Mock Draft: Janoris Jenkins Deserves a First-Round Pick

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2012 San Francisco 49ers Mock Draft: Janoris Jenkins Deserves a First-Round Pick
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Jenkins (No. 1) played for Florida from 2008-10.

Just mere hours before the 2012 NFL Draft, one question still abounds: whom will the San Francisco 49ers select with their first-round pick at No. 30 overall?

And, carrying it further: will it be a pass-catching weapon in Stanford’s Coby Fleener or Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill?

Will the selection yield a stud offensive lineman, such as Wisconsin’s Peter Konz or Kevin Zeitler?

Or will the 49ers GM Trent Baalke surprise us with a defensive selection with the likes of controversial cornerback, Janoris Jenkins? Or if certain D-linemen were to fall to No. 30, how about USC’s Nick Perry or Michigan State’s Jerel Worthy?

We love entertaining these mock-draft hypothetical scenarios simply because they are so damn fun and nearly impossible to ascertain.

However, most people with general knowledge of the NFL Draft, myself included, can reasonably argue that Fleener, Hill, Konz, Perry and Worthy will all be long gone before the 49ers select at pick No. 30.

Moreover, I’ve demonstrated on numerous occasions that Zeitler grades out as a second-, not first-round prospect despite being a very accomplished guard at the collegiate level and who’ll undoubtedly start for an NFL franchise in the near future.

So, in keeping with the often-confounding, yet fruit-bearing tendencies of Trent Baalke—a la Aldon Smith with the 7th overall selection in 2011—let’s quickly review three reasons why Janoris Jenkins is worthy of the 49ers’ first-round pick.

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