The first round of the 2012 NFL daft was absolutely littered with trades, and while the second round of the draft won't get underway until Friday evening, some NFL clubs are reportedly already wheeling and dealing in the hopes of moving up to acquire talented but troubled North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins.
Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network broke the news Friday morning, claiming that a number of teams are interested in the 5'10", 193-pound defensive back and that at least one squad with a selection near the beginning of the second round may be amenable to dropping back.
Janoris Jenkins is being hotly pursued at the top of the second round and numerous teams are looking to trade up to the start of the second round of the 2012 NFL draft so they can take the North Alabama cornerback, team executives said Thursday night.
The Baltimore Ravens, who already traded down once from the No. 29 overall pick in the first round to the third pick in the second round (No. 35), could move back again, given the demand for Jenkins.
In today's pass-happy National Football League, the premium on the cornerback position is at an all-time high. So, on its face it wouldn't seem all that surprising that any number of teams would have interest in Jenkins given his physical abilities, which, as Albert Breer of NFL.com recently pointed out, are as formidable as any prospects' at the position this year.
All of the executives, personnel men and scouts reached for this story said, from a strictly on-field standpoint, LSU's Morris Claiborne is the only player at the position they'd rank in front of Jenkins.
"Physically, he may be the best," said another AFC college scout. "It's either him or Claiborne."
However, Breer also goes on to list the myriad of off-the-field issues that Jenkins had while in college, from his dismissal from the University of Florida for repeated marijuana arrests to his already having fathered four children by three different women.
Jenkins has claimed that he has put that checkered history in his rearview mirror, but numerous reports have surfaced claiming that Jenkins told NFL clubs at February's scouting combine that his drug use continued at North Alabama, a claim that Jenkins has since denied.
Were it not for Jenkins past, it's all but certain that he would have been a first-round selection in this year's draft, but as Breer continued not only was that past enough to knock Jenkins from the first round it was enough to get him removed from some teams' draft boards altogether.
"He's running with the wrong people," an NFC personnel executive said. "They gave him every chance in the world at Florida, and it didn't work…And he gets to North Alabama, and he's still smoking because he's got this big-fish, little-pond thing going. I don't see him going in the first round, and a lot of teams have him off their board completely."
It would seem that that unnamed executive went one for two with his predictions, as apparently at least some teams are hoping that the smoke will clear from around Janoris Jenkins and his considerable talents will emerge.
In this grip-it-and-rip-it era in the National Football League, that hope would seem to be enough to motivate an NFL team to make a play to grab him. While Jenkins may have been disappointed not to hear his name called Thursday, he reportedly won't be waiting long once the second round gets underway.