According to National Football Post's Greg Gabriel--a 29 year veteran of the NFL as a scout and Advisory Committee member--North Alabama's Janoris Jenkins has done poorly in pre-draft interviews. Gabriel writes:
Clubs are beginning to shy away from Jenkins because he did do poorly in interviews. While Jenkins has excellent talent, many are feeling he's not worth the baggage.
Before drafting a player, NFL teams must know everything there is to know about a player; hence the scouting, background checks, the Combine, Pro Days, and interviews. All facets of pre-draft inspection are important, and failing to meet necessary standards in even one of those areas can plummet a player's draft stock. No player wants to be tied to a list of indiscretions, but if there is one player who surely is, it's Janoris Jenkins. Jenkins, who has been selected by Cincinnati in a number of mock drafts, can add "poor interviewer" to that list, right next to "dismissed from University of Florida football team" and "fathered four children with three different women".
For the better part of a decade, the Cincinnati Bengals have been notorious for signing players of questionable character, which subsequently led to arrests, suspensions, and zero playoff wins. Odell Thurman, Chris Henry, Tank Johnson, Pacman Jones, Cedric Benson, Jerome Simpson; the list goes on, but recently the organization has made an effort to change their perception within the league. Pacman Jones has cleaned up his act, and Benson and Simpson likely will not be Bengals in 2012.
The dillemma is this: Cincinnati faces major problems at the cornerback position, a problem that must be addressed in the upcoming draft. If Janoris Jenkins is on the board as the best available, do the Bengals select him? His legal history is well documented, but so is his talent. Yahoo's Jason Cole writes:
If not for all these issues, Jenkins might be the runaway choice as the top cornerback in the this year's draft.
Its a balance of character versus talent, and if faced with such a decision, it will be interesting to see the route Cincinnati will take. At some point, a point many NFL teams have certainly reached, Janoris Jenkins must be crossed off the draft board. Taking into account the desperate need for a cornerback, has Cincinnati reached that point?
What do you think?