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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Janoris Jenkins Emerging As Draft's No. 3 CB

In SB Nation's first post Super Bowl mock draft, Ryan Van Biber has the Dallas Cowboys taking former Florida CB Janoris Jenkins with the No. 14 pick:

14. Dallas Cowboys, Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

Every time I get to this spot in these mocks, the image of Terrance Newman matched up against the Giants' receivers in Week 17 comes to mind. Jenkins toiled in obscurity after getting the boot from Florida, but he got back on the radar with a solid outing at the Senior Bowl.

While the Cowboys have become known for late-season swoons recently, most of the blame for the way they closed out 2011 has fallen on their secondary, which had completely collapsed by the end of the year.

The CB position is the most glaring hole on their roster, but at No. 14, they are just out of the projected range of the draft's top two CB's -- LSU's Morris Claiborne and Alabama's Dre Kirkpatrick.

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That leaves them picking between Jenkins and Nebraska's Alfonzo Dennard in the first round, and while Jenkins has an extremely spotty off-the-field record, he was as talented as the two SEC defensive backs projected to go in the top 10 in his time at Gainesville.

Dallas hasn't been shy about taking players with character concerns in the past; we'll see if the Dez Bryant saga has changed Jerry Jones decision-making when it comes to the first round of 2012.

With the Giants just winning their second Super Bowl in four years, it's doubtful Jones will be willing to wait two years for his first round pick to be ready to play to his potential in the NFL.

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