ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that “a number of teams” have removed North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins from their draft boards, and Jenkins is “not expected” to be a first-round pick.
The news comes as far less than a surprise. While Jenkins is a premier talent, off-the-field issues have plagued him several years running, and ultimately teams have deemed him unworthy of the potential headache.
The first three corners expected to be drafted on Thursday are LSU’s Morris Claiborne, South Carolina’s Stephon Gilmore, and Alabama’s Dre Kirkpatrick. Jenkins now seems to be vying with Georgia’s Brandon Boykin, Vanderbilt’s Casey Hayward, Montana’s Trumaine Johnson, Virginia Tech’s Jayron Hosley, and UCF’s Josh Robinson to be No. 4.