I was searching around the Internet tonight in a sleepless zone and came across this blog that isn’t incredibly high on Mike Jenkins, the South Florida corner the Dallas Cowboys drafted with the 25th pick. I’m not sure how credible he is, and even his blog post has some contradictions in it, but I thought it was important to at least note what he says:
Cover-2 teams will be high on him due to his size, closing speed and press abilities, but he is too weak against the run. He could fit in a man scheme with his speed but unless he cleans up his hips he will not last at corner. His ability to make plays in front of him gives him a chance as a ball hawking free safety but he doesn’t tackle well enough to hold up there. Teams looking for a quick starter will be disappointed and he may struggle to ever find his niche. He will work hard but will tease teams with his lack of toughness.
I heard several analysts say that Jenkins needs to work on his tackling. If you want to know how he tackles, think Deion Sanders, who would also dive for the legs of an opponent. I think it is incredibly important that Jenkins is the real deal because, right now, he is all we really have to play nickel packages to replace Jacques Reeves. Let’s hope he has a great training camp and works hard at improving his game.