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Panthers keeping an eye on Janoris Jenkins

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Morris Claiborne is the top cornerback in this draft class. There is a perceived big drop to the second spot at the position in April, but perhaps there won’t be such a big gap between Claiborne and the next man up on draft day.

North Alabama’s Janoris Jenkins enjoyed a strong Combine, with the best 10-yard split of any defensive back. Jenkins looked natural and fluid in his position drills, perhaps more than any other cornerback.

It’s hard to imagine Jenkins getting taken too early because of his off-field issues, but it seems more clear some team will gamble on Jenkins in the first round. Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer writes that Jenkins is on Carolina’s radar. They are “intrigued” with his ability and have a big need at cornerback, but they will have to do a lot research on Jenkins’ background.

There should be a lot of quality defensive linemen available when Carolina selects at No. 9. It’s hard to imagine them taking Jenkins over a pass rusher, and it’s even harder to imagine Jenkins slipping to their pick in the second round.

Either way, Carolina’s interest could be a sign Jenkins won’t fall too far in the first round.

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17 Responses to “Panthers keeping an eye on Janoris Jenkins”
  1. dldove77 says: Feb 29, 2012 12:41 PM

    According to the Cromartie-Henry scale, where each child you have beyond one drops you down a round, Jenkins shouldn’t be drafted until the fourth round.

  2. lombardihero says: Feb 29, 2012 12:52 PM

    Maybe they could have Ray Carruth mentor this kid and a planned visit to the Nash Correctional Institution.

    Why would a team that has a history of a player that was troubled pay another player millions of dollars and think that is going to change him?

    Maybe in his contract they could put a condom bonus or get him neutered. 4 kids at the age of 23 and all 4 are under the age of 3.

    Please Panthers get him off the board that way there is one more player with good character when it is my teams time to pick.

  3. mwcarolina says: Feb 29, 2012 1:00 PM

    i think (if he stays out of trouble) that Jenkins could be a great corner in the future, the character issues may keep him out of Carolina.

  4. Lev says: Feb 29, 2012 1:07 PM

    Please take your eyes OFF this trainwreck. Unless we want Dwayne Jarret pt. II

  5. rickastleydancemoves says: Feb 29, 2012 1:26 PM

    I wonder if all his baby mommas be da same?

  6. jpb12 says: Feb 29, 2012 1:28 PM

    Hope they have a daycare.

    Seems like his mentor is Antonio Cromartie.

  7. bunjy96 says: Feb 29, 2012 1:32 PM

    Mile High here I come.

  8. dvnelson72 says: Feb 29, 2012 1:33 PM

    Were Cam Newton and Jenkins at UF at the same time? Seems like it…

  9. mercurialcj says: Feb 29, 2012 2:02 PM

    I will laugh if the Panthers waste the 9th overall pick on him.

  10. conormacleod says: Feb 29, 2012 2:16 PM

    I’d make the guy get a vasectomy as part of his rookie contract. Maybe an ankle monitor as well.

  11. dacapt704 says: Feb 29, 2012 2:51 PM

    lombardihero says:
    Why would a team that has a history of a player that was troubled pay another player millions of dollars and think that is going to change him?

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    Hey funny man..actually Carruth had no history of trouble before his ridiculous incident so ur comment holds no weight, just a poor attempt at humor.

    We actually can take Jenkins, a lot of times a kid realizes what his actions have potentially cost him and straightens up. With the strong coach like Rivera, a no-nonsense owner like Big Cat (Richardson) and strong team leaders like Beason and Jordan Gross, I think he’d be fine here.

    How many ppl passed up on Moss or Warren Sapp bc of college indiscretions? Hmmm….

  12. mwcarolina says: Feb 29, 2012 3:00 PM

    Were Cam Newton and Jenkins at UF at the same time? Seems like it
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    yeah, they were

  13. thatdudewiththemarauder says: Feb 29, 2012 3:09 PM

    rickastleydancemoves says: Feb 29, 2012 1:26 PM

    I wonder if all his baby mommas be da same?

    Of course (shaking my head no) they are.

  14. trbowman says: Feb 29, 2012 3:18 PM

    Panthers don’t have a problem with character risks, apparently. Took Brandon Hogan last year.

  15. granadafan says: Feb 29, 2012 4:01 PM

    Jenkins is Pacman Jones combined with Cromartie.

  16. raven410 says: Feb 29, 2012 4:34 PM

    Panthers need to draft a player that can get to the QB in the 1st round.

  17. pantherdan says: Mar 14, 2012 1:00 AM

    The problem is, they are using the glass eye!

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