ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The Rams went back to the defensive side taking cornerback Janoris Jenkins, the highest rated cornerback according to many scouts and analyst following the first round if not overall. However, character issues and decision got him removed from the Florida Gators in 2011 due to multiple drug related arrests.
Transferring to University of North Alabama, Jenkins made the most out his new opportunity getting All-American first-team honors from The NFL Draft Report plus second-team honors from the Associated Press. As a cornerback, Jenkins was the team’s third-leading tackler with 53 total including 2 interceptions. A first-team member of the All-Gulf South Conference in 2011, Jenkins set records as a punt/kick returner accumulating 699 total yards and 3 touchdowns on 31 total returns.
While a member of the Florida Gators from the 2008-10 seasons, he was just the second true freshman to start at cornerback on opening day. He would play in 40 games at the University of Florida starting 36 times recording 121 total tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 25 passes deflected and 8 interceptions.
Jenkins was an immediate All-SEC performer shutting down the likes of receivers A.J. Green and Julio Jones, who are both quickly making an impact for their respective teams after one season in the NFL.
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