Janoris Jenkins was honest about why he ended up at North Alabama and now faces character questions from NFL teams. He was arrested three times – one for a bar fight and twice for marijuana – and failed a drug test at Florida.
“I’m pretty sure it will hurt me,” Jenkins said Sunday. “But I’m looking past that, looking forward to moving on and being successful from here on out.”
Jenkins said he is “done with marijuana forever,” He bears responsibility for four children – Janoris Jenkins Jr., Legend, Janorian and Paris, who range in age from 3 months to 3 years.
“In order for me to be successful and them to have a great life, or a nice life, I’ve got to put it [drug use] behind me,” Jenkins said.
The Cowboys, who need a cornerback, and other teams will have to weigh Jenkins' words when it comes time to spend a first-round pick on a player.
"Every year I talk to you guys about different red flags -- medical, off the field -- there's all kinds of different red flags," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. "What is always interesting to me is how different teams treat those red flags. There's no one uniform way to deal with a kid off the field. That's why I think it's really important for a kid who's had issues to come here and for the next two months, they're going to get asked nine gazillion questions. It's all public. It's all out there. The teams know more than we do. So you've got to look these guys in the eyes and have the right answers and most importantly convince them it's not going to happen again. They're all going to say the same thing: I've grown up; I'm sorry. That's kind of the message. Do you buy into that and at what level? At a first-round price? At a second-round price? At a fourth-round price? Every team is different that way."
-- Charean Williams