Breaking News: Malcolm Jenkins, New Orleans Saints Reach a Deal

Greg SorensonContributor IAugust 10, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 06:  Malcolm Jenkins #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks down the field during the game against the Ohio Bobcats at Ohio Stadium on September 6, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Sports Illustrated reported that Malcolm Jenkins was signed by the New Orleans Saints to a five-year deal, the financial terms of which have yet to be released. 

Jenkins was the 14th overall selection in the 2009 NFL draft and the first cornerback taken off the board.

Malcolm Jenkins possesses great change of direction speed, size, and enough athletic ability that he could easily develop into a star.  As far as most can tell, he’s a great talent.  But for a rookie missing so much of training camp, how quickly can he be expected to crack the lineup, get some game time, and make an impact? 

Jenkins is smart, but the mental demands at the professional level are a world apart from the college game.  Just ask Robert Meachem, who, like Jenkins, is physically gifted but has been unable to translate that to regular and consistent success on the field. 

In addition to the mental challenges, Jenkins will be competing for playing time against a Saints secondary that’s suddenly stacked with talent. 

Pat Yasinskas of ESPN reports:

Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter are having very nice camps and I'm guessing they open the season as the starters. Randall Gay also was having a good camp before suffering an ankle injury that should sideline him for a short period. Even the much-maligned Jason David is having a strong camp.  

All that could be enough to keep Jenkins from seeing much of the field and having an impact for the first half of the season.  But regardless of the names and numbers on the field, rest assured, the Saints' defensive backfield will be a much-improved unit from years past.