2012 MHR Community Mock Draft: Detroit Lions Select Janoris Jenkins, Cornerback, North Alabama

Feb 28, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; North Alabama defensive back Janoris Jenkins participates in pass interception drills during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE


With the 23rd pick in the 2012 MHR Community mock draft, the Detroit Lions select:

Janoris Jenkins, Cornerback, North Alabama

Lions GM: broncofan91

GM Explanation: This pick was made easy with Gilmore, Kirkpatrick, Reiff, Martin and Barron all gone. Left tackle is a more urgent need than CB because of the Jacob Lacey signing but Glenn is better suited at guard and Adams is an average prospect at best at LT. Jenkins is a great prospect and even with Lacey Detroit's defensive backfield is very mediocre. On the field Jenkins has the potential to be as good if not better than every other DB in this draft. He has great instinct in both zone and man coverage, he is not afraid to be physical despite his size, he has great ball skills and is very elusive with the ball in his hands. Although he tends to be over aggressive at times, he has the skill to recover. The biggest worry with him is his off-field issues. Jenkins has been arrested 3 times which is the reason why he was kicked off the team in Florida and had to transfer to North Alabama in order to play. He was also ejected from a game for throwing a punch. Adding a troubled player like Jenkings to an already troubled team like Detroit might end in disaster but at this point he's the only option we have left.


Commissioner's Analysis: There is no denying the physical talent of Janoris Jenkins, who was considered a top prospect at his position in 2010 with the Florida Gators. However, I question his first round value because of his off-field issues. He was kicked off of the Gators for violating team rules, and allegedly, he continued smoking marijuana when he got a second chance at North Alabama. If he has changed for the better, this could be a great pick. However, giving first round money and status to a guy like this probably isn't the best way to start off his NFL career. I think he could be a good fit on paper with the Lions, though.

Draft Recap:

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

3. Minnesota Vikings: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

4. Cleveland Browns: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6. St. Louis Rams: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

8. Miami Dolphins: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

9. Carolina Panthers: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

10. Buffalo Bills: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

11. Kansas City Chiefs: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

12. Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

13. Arizona Cardinals: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

14. Dallas Cowboys: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

15. Philadelphia Eagles: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

16. New York Jets: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

17. Cincinnati Bengals: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

18. San Diego Chargers: Dre' Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

19. Chicago Bears: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

20. Tennessee Titans: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

22. Cleveland Browns: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

23. Detroit Lions: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

On the clock...Pittsburgh Steelers (mikebirty)

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