St. Louis Rams Believe Rookie CB Janoris Jenkins Will Start

Justin Gibson@JustinNColumbiaCorrespondent IIIMay 29, 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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St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher believes rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins will start along Cortland Finnegan this upcoming season, according to Tom Ackerman of KMOX.

Fisher praised Jenkins' instinct for the game, and said he has a "complete understanding" of what he's doing on the field. The head coach went on to say that the rookie corner applies things he's taught on the field without any issues and that he's "amazing" to watch.

So you figure (Jenkins) on one side and Cortland (Finnegan) on the other. And we’re going to bring Trumaine Johnson along. We’re excited.

Jenkins obviously is impressing the Rams' coaching staff to be all but named the starter officially after a couple weeks of mini-camps. Even more so considering he'll be alongside the Rams' new $50 million corner Finnegan over the likes of Jerome Murphy and Bradley Fletcher.

People had said that he was the best corner in the draft. Boy, watching his movement skills, instincts and intelligence…it’s really going to be exciting to watch him play. He’s going to be a tremendous player for us.

In addition to his on-the-field skills, Fisher also praised Jenkin's character as well.

You know, he’s a great young man. As is this case when you have issues early in careers, there’s an immaturity factor there. People grow up and recognize that they made bad decisions. They make mistakes and they move on. And that’s been the case with him. We did our background checks. We did our due diligence. We did the preparation. We did the research. And all along the way, everybody we talked to — including his high school coach, mentor here, police officer there, somebody in Florida, somebody at North Alabama – every single person said: ‘Take this kid.’

Drafted in the second round by the Rams in this year's draft, Jenkins is a 5'10", 183 lbs corner out of North Alabama. He initially played for the Florida Gators until he was released by the team in 2011 after several run-ins with the police.