Some might be shocked to see Malcolm Jenkins fall this far, but as Deion Sanders said, Jenkins was “killing himself” during his workouts.
His 40 time was very lacking (4.55 at Combine, 4.53 at Pro Day), which suggests that he will probably make the move to safety from corner in the NFL, and he looked awful in position drills.
That, coupled with the small amount of teams who have a need at safety, could push him this far. The most likely scenario would be some team trading up to get him but, as I said earlier, I am doing this draft with no trades.
Jenkins was a great player for the Buckeyes, but he won’t be drafted as high as he could have been if he had performed well this offseason.
That being said, landing in Pittsburgh is a great fit for him. Ryan Clark, the Steelers’ current starter at free safety, is a free agent after the 2009 season and will also be 30 this October. He is also an average player and can be upgraded. Jenkins would be a great upgrade and would be an outstanding value at No. 32 overall.
Offensive line is also a need, but this class is very deep at both center and guard, so Pittsburgh can address that need in rounds two or three.
And there’s my 2009 first round mock draft. I don’t have a crystal ball here, so take all of these with a grain of salt. This is just how I think the draft could play out.
In a month, we’ll see how it really does.