Mike Jenkins Scouting Report

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Mike Jenkins Scouting Report

Position: CB
Conference: AAC
School: South Florida Bulls
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #4
Height & Weight: 5'10 - 197 lbs.
Drafted 1.25 in 2008 by DAL

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida

Coming into the season, Jenkins was already rated as one of the top corners in the nation. But, with the success that the Bulls have had - rising as high as #2 in the nation - that has given him the kind of exposure one of the top defensive backs in the country needs. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better cover corner in the country - he's had 12 pass breakups and three interceptions this season despite teams trying to stay away from him. Last season, he had 15 pass breakups and was named as one of the nation's top corners by the Sporting News. He and fellow senior Trae Williams, who also should be selected on the first day of the draft, form one of the best corner duos in the country. Jenkins' size, speed, and cover ability would seem to make him a solid first-round pick. However, there was an off-field issue earlier this year that might make some teams balk. In March, Jenkins and another USF starter, Carlton Williams, were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing or opposing an officer without violence and as a result were suspended for a time by USF coach Jim Leavitt. High character is a must in the Roger Goodell era, so Jenkins is going to have to stay out of any sort of trouble. His arrest could drop him a few spots, but his talent will ensure he's taken before too long. But, if it was only a bump in the road, then the future looks bright for Jenkins as a quick-impact player in the NFL. Update (1/4/08): Jenkins made three tackles in USF's 56-21 loss to Oregon in Monday's Sun Bowl. He finishes his senior season with 41 tackles, three interceptions, and 12 pass breakups. Jenkins, the #1 senior corner according to NFLDraftScout.com, will participate in the Senior Bowl in Mobile on January 26. Update (2/28/08): Jenkins clocked in at a best of 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine, which solidified his place as one of the top corners in the draft and a sure first-round pick. Update (3/19/08): At USF's Pro Day on the 7th, Jenkins didn't participate in any of the timed drills, instead keeping his times from the combine. However, he did participate in the position drills and according to USFNation.com's Larry Weisbaum, had an impressive performance. With how tightly bunched things are at the top of the corner rankings, Jenkins could go anywhere from 7th to the Patriots to 30th to the Packers, but he likely won't last past the top 15 or 20.

Last Updated Mar-19-2008 by Eddie Griffin

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