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CB, Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State

At A Glance
Position 1:  Cornerback Height:  6-0
Position 2:  Free Safety Weight:  204
Class:  Senior Age:  23
Projected Round:  1st  40time:  4.45
Combine/Proday Results
Bench Reps:  15 Vertical:  33
20yd Split:  2.62 Broad Jump:  10'4"
10yd Split:  1.47 20yd Shuttle:  4.08
3 Cone Drill:  6.59  

Pros: Excellent hands, great athlete, willing to tackle and plays around the line well.  Very physical with receivers.

Cons: Rarely thrown at in college and will need to withstand an onslaught as a rookie.  Too often goes for a big hit, hesitates in zone coverage, takes risks going after the ball.

Styg's Broncos Fit:  This guy has a little of everything. Where he matches up best for Denver is his physical style of play around the line. He is strong and able to dictate to receivers what kind of routes they can run, effectively dominating his side of the field. He has excellent range on top of this, which gives him the versatility needed to cover a deep third or half, just like a free safety, something he has experience doing. His versatility and toughness can't be beat amongst defensive backs in this year's draft, and his talent make him a rare find at any position.

Around MHR:

From:  excellent long comment on Safety situation as it applies to the Broncos in the draft.

Our choice [picking at #12] probably now consists of any of the best defensive prospects except for Aaron Curry, the top DEs (Everette Brown or Brian Orakpo) and Malcolm Jenkins.



SBNation Says:

SBNation Ohio State blog, Around the Oval, commenting on what the Buckeye defense needs more of:

Clones of Malcolm Jenkins.
Jenkins may be the only player on this team that has consistently impressed me thus far. He's great in coverage, and I think he's better against the run than any Ohio State cornerback I've seen. Sometime in the second quarter or so, before I'd abandoned hope in favor of snarky comments and a progression through the five stages of grief, I saw Jenkins stop a run for no gain and remarked "not only should teams not throw to his side, they shouldn't even run to his side!" The guy takes offenses challenging him personally. We need more guys like him. We need more guys exactly like him. I propose a clone army, a defense made up entirely of Malcom Jenkinses.

 From Scouting Report at Mocking the Draft:

Jenkins has all the attributes of a lockdown cornerback in the NFL. The winner of the 2008 Thorpe Award, Jenkins is physical at the line, which allows him to knock receivers off their routes. Although Ohio State often ran zone coverage, Jenkins has the ability to play in a man scheme. Has the speed to run with just about any receiver down the field.

From:  When Need Matters

When does need cut into a player's maximum value? diehard82 proposes Seattle take Malcolm Jenkins with the fourth overall pick. Jenkins is an excellent prospect. He has a broad base of skills and really no single weakness. He's produced for four seasons at a top program, starting three. He's impressively toolsy and deceptively young, turning 21 this last December. He has the size, build and man up strength to play in a Tampa 2, and the zone and run support skills to excel.

But there's a flaw in Seattle signing Jenkins.

                                          ~John Morgan of Field Gulls, SBNation Seahawks Blog

From:  Top 32 Prospects of 2009

7. Malcolm Jenkins, CB Ohio State
He likely would've been the first corner taken in the 2008 draft with a combination of safety size and blazing speed. Better against big or fast receivers, he has to prove in his senior year that he can lock down against the small, quick types. Tackling isn't an issue.

                                                              ~At Arrowhead Pride, SBNation Cheifs Blog.



More highlights: On youtube,  an interview

Scouting Reports and Offsite Links:

  • Many teams needing secondary help will even consider him at the free safety position, because of his outstanding open field tackling. He is an excellent cover man, but has the size to help out in run support like a safety.  [see more...]
  • Ohio State consistently produces overall DB's. He tackles, he covers and makes plays. this guy could be one of the best in a few years. Needs to clean up a few technique issues, otherwise he's a star.  [see more...]
  • He really is a complete package at corner.  At 6’ 0" 200 lbs, he the size teams want and he knows how to use it.  He gets physical with receivers and uses that size as weapon in all facets of the game.  Much like Woodson in his prime, Jenkins has a great vertical and will muscle a receiver off the ball to make a play.  Jenkins also has more than enough speed to keep up downfield and possess tremendous burst to the ball.  He has all of the tools needed to be an elite shutdown corner at the next level..  [see more...]
  • Physically gifted. Has the speed to cover receivers while playing man and can make the big hit against running backs.  [see more...]
  • There are at lease two teams, Denver (No. 12) and New Orleans (No. 14), who could be looking to move up the draft board should Jenkins slide by Cleveland with the No. 5 selection. Jenkins is not expected to make it past Buffalo at No. 11. On that note, a few other teams may be banking on the player to fall. Don’t count on it.

    The way I hear it, Jenkins’ performance at the school’s pro day March 13 may have sealed the deal for him as a Top 10 selection. It was stated that he was exceptional during position drills and improved on his 40-time from the Combine last month.  [see more...]
  • Jenkins ran a 4.55-second 40-yard dash at the scouting combine last month, which was below his goal of 4.50 and 0.09 off the cornerback-best pace set by Ladarius Webb of Southern Mississippi. It fueled speculation that Jenkins might not be fast enough to play corner in the NFL.  [see more...]
  • Jenkins profiles as one of the top cover corners to enter the draft in recent years. He has an ideal NFL frame and played very well at a top flight school. The concerns on Jenkins revolve around his ability to be a true “lockdown” corner in the Champ Bailey or Nnandi Ashmougha style. Never the less, his athleticism, height, and speed will make him a top ten draft pick and long term NFL starter.  [see more...]
  • Jenkins is a very physical corner who knows how to play the game, but you have to wonder if he has the speed to hold up in the NFL. Might have to make the move to safety. Top intangibles, but is it enough? Great fit for Tampa-2 schemes.  [see more...]
  • Also being looked at as a free safety prospect...Probably would have been a first round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft had he come out after his junior season...A three-year starter in the Big Ten...Helped lead his high school team to three consecutive state titles...Was named 1st Team All-Big Ten as a sophomore, junior and senior...Missed the final two games of the regular season with a knee injury as a true freshman but was otherwise healthy...Will attempt to follow in the footsteps of former Buckeyes cornerbacks who have found great success in the NFL like Shawn Springs, Antoine Winfield, Ahmed Plummer, Nate Clements and Chris Gamble...Will likely begin his pro career at corner but if that doesn't work out he still has Pro Bowl potential as a safety...Best fit may come in a zone scheme where he can press...Eerily reminiscent of Antrel Rolle coming out of college and carries a similar pro grade...Not an elite shut-down cover guy but could be a #1 corner.   [see more...]