Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama: The Cowboys' secondary was the reason the Giants won the NFC East rather than Dallas. Jenkins, the ex-Gators cornerback, has some maturity issues that will scare some teams away, but the Cowboys usually aren't too skittish about such things. Alabama safety Mark Barron is another solid option, but he doesn't have Jenkins' elite cover skills.
The 5'10 180 former freshman All-American has begun to establish himself as the No. 3 CB in this draft, behind SEC stars Morris Claiborne (LSU) and Dre Kirkpatrick (Alabama), who are projected to go in the top 10.
Many of the concerns surrounding Jenkins come from his history of off-the-field incidents, as he was dismissed from Florida in April 2011 after his second drug arrest in three months and third of his college career.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Jenkins, coming off a dominant season for Terry Bowden at North Alabama where he was also an elite punt returner, claimed the experience humbled him:
"It humbled me down a lot, seeing that I had went from Florida, a Nike school getting three or four pairs of cleats a year, to going to a Division II football school where I'm getting just one pair of cleats," Jenkins said. "It really humbled me as a kid. The environment was totally different as far as 95,000-plus in the Swamp to 3,500 at North Alabama. It was a big difference."
Jerry Jones was famously burned for passing up on Randy Moss in the 1998 NFL Draft for similar concerns, and seemed to spend most of the last decade going the opposite way.
He brought in a long-line of talented players, from Quincy Carter to Terrell Owens and Adam "Pac Man" Jones, whose off-field baggage made them persona non-grata for most NFL franchises.
In the last two years, the Cowboys have struggled with the development of Dez Bryant, a Top 10 prospect in the 2009 NFL Draft who slipped to the end of the first round after concerns about his immaturity and lack of discipline began to circle him.