Red flags be damned! Jenkins had a great rookie year, playing one of the toughest positions on a football team. His four interception returns for touchdown turned some head around the NFL, and rightfully so. Sports Illustrated's Don Banks has an article up where he re-drafts the 2012 Draft class. How'd Janoris Jenkins do? Try #6 to the Dallas Cowboys, replacing the highly touted Morris Claiborne...
The re-draft was interesting, though I know a few Rams fans will groan with his choice for St. Louis at #14:
Re-do Pick: Trent Richardson, RB. Brockers had a quality first season in St. Louis, and the value at defensive line is greater than it is at running back these days. But I'm still giving Richardson to the Rams based on the need to find a replacement for Steven Jackson, who might not be back in 2013. You can find quality running backs much lower, of course, but Richardson has a chance to be special and could be the answer in the Rams backfield for another six or seven years.
The more interesting re-pick was Jenkins to the Dallas Cowboys. May be it's just me, but I think Banks was right on with this re-draft pick:
#6 - Dallas Cowboys (Original Pick: Morris Claiborne, CB)
Re-do Pick: Janoris Jenkins, CB. I'm not trashing the Claiborne pick in any way. He had a decent rookie season and showed flashes of the talent that made him the first corner back taken last spring, and his year-two development might be significant. But Jenkins was one of the rookie defensive play-making stars of the season, and we all understood that he went in the second round due to character concerns. Jenkins had a league-rookie-record tying four return touchdowns, and the Rams had to love the payoff from the gamble they took.
I doubt anyone can deny Jenkins' contributions, or his future possibilities for this very young Rams' franchise. Not long ago, the Rams were pulling corner backs of the street during the injury plagued 2011 season. St. Louis now has one of the best corner back corps in the NFL with Cortland Finnegan, Trumaine Johnson, and free agent Bradley Fletcher.
With the benefit of hindsight, who would you have picked for the Rams in 2012? Would it still be Brockers?