INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive back Janoris Jenkins of North Alabama participates in a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
The 2012 NFL Combine wrapped up yesterday in Indianapolis, and we'll be looking at one player from six different positional groups of interest to the Buffalo Bills that stood out this past week. There were several strong performances at cornerback, but one guy that really stood out was Janoris Jenkins of North Alabama.
Most by now are aware of Jenkins' story. The former Florida star was a starter as a true freshman, but several legal issues stemming from fighting and marijuana use led to his dismissal from the university well prior to his senior season. Jenkins landed at North Alabama, and is now trying to overcome his checkered past and become a first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Jenkins did what he needed to do in Indianapolis to keep himself in contention for that prize. He measured in at 5'10" and a solid 193 pounds, put up excellent athletic numbers (a 4.44-second 40-yard dash with a crazy-fast 1.47-second 10-yard split) and looked great in positional drills. There is no question that physically, Jenkins has everything you look for in an elite cornerback. If teams are comfortable with Jenkins' character after speaking with him, we're looking at a player that will be taken considerably earlier than most believe he will be at this point in time.