There is NFL lockout and draft business that we need to take care of over the next few days, but don’t forget that the Supplemental Draft is in the distance. This “second” draft is for players that for one reason or another became unable to play college football after the deadline to declare for the NFL draft.
It’s rare that any team spends a high pick in the supplemental draft and this year was shaping up to keep with that trend. However, the University of Florida changed that on Tuesday by dismissing All-SEC CB Janoris Jenkins from the Gators squad.
Jenkins was arrested for the third time in his Florida career and second time this year on Saturday.
New head coach Will Muschamp announced the decision via Twitter:
“After meeting with Janoris Jenkins today, we both felt it was in his best interest to move ahead to the next stage of his career”
There’s a chance that the talented, but troubled, corner will decide to go and play immediately at a D-IAA school, but the supplemental draft makes the most sense. If he had declared for the 2011 draft, he likely would have been a first round pick, depending on his workouts.
Being arrested twice for drugs in the span of a few months never helps your draft stock and Jenkins will have trouble geting a team to pony up a first or second rounder for his services. However, even with the potential for free agency to finally open up in the near future, there are plenty of teams that will won’t be able to take care of all their needs.
Would he fit in Kansas City?
Don’t be so quick to scoff at the idea.
Sure, I know all about the “Right 53″ and preach plenty about it around here. But Scott Pioli also knows a thing or two about value and in a league that lives in the air, getting a potential shutdown corner for, say, a third round pick is a no brainer.
This kid is tough as nails. Remember how much toughness Brandon Flowers showed by playing with a shoulder injury? Jenkins did the same thing last season, playing with a torn labrum for most of the year before having surgery in November.
He also brings three years of starting experience from the SEC, something we know Pioli and Todd Haley respect after seeing them draft four players from the conference last April.
The Chiefs also have two stars in the secondary — Flowers and Eric Berry — that can take Jenkins under their wing and show him the right way to go about his business.