Janoris Jenkins: Troubled 2nd-Round Draft Pick Good Fit with Jeff Fisher's Rams

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IApril 27, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive back Janoris Jenkins of North Alabama participates in a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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One of the big question marks in the 2012 NFL draft class has been cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who has the talent to be a star but raises serious red flags.

When all was said and done, the St. Louis Rams took a chance on the former Florida Gators standout at No. 39 overall, and it makes sense Jeff Fisher was the one to go after him.

Fisher, as you may remember, has experience with volatile cornerbacks. He coached Cortland Finnegan in Tennessee, which is one of the reasons Finnegan was signed this offseason by the Rams. 

Fisher has never been one to shy away from players with character concerns. He also coached Albert Haynesworth and Vince Young in Tennessee. While that didn't exactly work out, it appears Fisher's stance hasn't changed. He's going to go after elite talents, and let the chips fall where they may.

EARTH CITY, MO - JANUARY 17: New head coach Jeff Fisher of the St. Louis Rams addresses the media during a press conference at the Russell Training Center on January 17, 2012 in Earth City, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Jenkins is the ultimate boom-or-bust prospect—it's hard to imagine a player like Jenkins ending up somewhere in the middle. If he can stay focused, he could be a steal in the second round. If he doesn't, he may not be in St. Louis for very long.

On the field, Jenkins has all the tools to be a star in the NFL. He has great quickness, burst, balance, instincts, leaping ability and coverage skills. He was a lockdown corner at Florida.

On the other hand, the reason he was kicked off the Gators and sent packing to North Alabama was because he was arrested three times while at Florida—twice for marijuana-related offenses and once after a bar fight.

But if Fisher and Co. can get Jenkins under control and dedicated to the game of football, they could have a solid cornerback tandem for years to come.


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