One of the biggest questions facing teams in this year’s draft is whether Janoris Jenkins will turn into the great NFL cornerback that he has the talent to become, or whether Jenkins’ off-field issues will make him a bigger problem than he’s worth.
Unsurprisingly, Jenkins says what you saw on the field is what you’ll get in the NFL.
“I made some mistakes,” Jenkins told USA Today. “I just want to show everybody that who I am on the field is who I am, and nobody can take it from me.”
Jenkins said that when he was kicked off the team at Florida for two marijuana arrests, an assault charge and a failed drug test, “It hurt me to my heart.” But he says that playing his senior season at North Alabama taught him some valuable lessons.
“I can’t take anything back,” Jenkins says. “Everything that happened was for a reason. I’m glad that it happened because now I can reach out to younger kids and tell them not to make the same mistakes that I made.”
If an NFL team is convinced that Jenkins won’t continue making those mistakes, Jenkins will be a first-round pick. But it remains to be seen whether NFL coaches will believe that having Jenkins on the field will be worth dealing with him off the field.