NFL Trade Rumors: Janoris Jenkins Well Worth the Price to Move Up

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2012

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Mardy Gilyard #1 of the Cincinnati Bearcats is tackled by Janoris Jenkins #1 of the Florida Gators during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Janoris Jenkins is a first-round talent with late-round character concerns. Teams are reportedly interested in trading up to snag Jenkins' services despite the attached character issues. 

One team will be willing to pay the price of trading up. Jenkins is well worth whatever the price may be. 

The Ravens reaped the benefits of Jimmy Smith's questionable past in 2011. Smith fell to the Ravens and Baltimore was able to select one of the draft's most talented cover corners. 

Jenkins is in a very similar situation. He is an elite cover corner with a questionable attitude. Jenkins has the ability to start right away in the NFL and have a long, successful career at the professional level. 


Who Should Make the Move?

The team that comes to mind is Detroit. The Lions have a dynamic front seven, but their secondary is desperate for a playmaker. Outside of Louis Delmas, the Lions do not have any high-caliber players on the back end of their defense. Even Delmas is a stretch. 

The Lions will not get Jenkins if they stay in their current spot. Detroit holds the No. 22 pick in Round 2. Jenkins will be off the board within the first 10 picks, without a doubt. 

Detroit's youth is a concern. Putting Jenkins on a veteran team is a better idea, but the Lions need his skills in the worst way. 

Chris Houston and Eric Wright are marginal corners with little upside. Acquiring Jenkins would allow the Lions to bump these two to more suitable positions on the depth chart. This would bolster the Lions' pass coverage and give their dominant defensive line more time to wreak havoc in the backfield.


Why Is He Worth It?

Granted, Jenkins' character concerns are significant. He has been arrested three times, tested positive for drugs and fathered four children to three different women.

Jenkins was dismissed from Florida after several altercations, and had a questionable tenure at Northern Alabama as well.  

However, according to one AFC college scout he may be the best physical tools out of any corner in this draft:

Physically, he may be the best. It's either him or Claiborne. But if someone takes him in the first round, I'm telling you right now, I'm gonna think it's a dumb move. … I wouldn't touch him in the first round under any circumstance.

Players of Jenkins caliber do not fall to the second round on a regular basis. When they do, the risk immediately becomes worth it. 

Jenkins will make one team extremely happy if given the proper guidance and surroundings. He is capable of shutting one side of the field down by blanketing a No. 1 receiving option. Jenkins can also lend run support, if called upon.

Teams will be clamoring to move up in Round 2. Observers and experts will question the price paid to make the jump.

Jenkins' production will justify itself in the near future.