The Rams were able to take a chance on drafting cornerback Janoris Jenkins because of the amount of picks they gained by trading down twice in the first round of the 2012 Draft.
Those deals left them with four picks in the first two rounds and a little freedom to take a player with major talent and major red flags. General Manager Les Snead told Peter King of SI.com that it would have been tougher to pick Jenkins if they weren’t so well-stocked with picks and he also said that the team is going to do whatever it can to assure that the gamble pays off.
Snead or another Rams official will be checking in with Jenkins every day to talk about his life in hopes of making sure that Jenkins isn’t getting into any more trouble. Snead also made it clear to Jenkins that he’s going to be closely monitored.
“I looked the kid in the eye and said, ‘It’s you and me,'” Snead said.
All the hand holding in the world won’t help if Jenkins doesn’t make a personal commitment to cleaning up his off-field issues, but it’s the best route for the Rams to take to ensure that their investment pays off.