October 16, 2010; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators cornerback Janoris Jenkins (1) runs with the ball during a punt return as Mississippi State Bulldogs long snapper Aaron Feld (46) defends during the first half of the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Who Would Be A Better Fit For The Cowboys: Dre Kirkpatrick or Janoris Jenkins?

Dre Kirkpatrick and Janoris Jenkins’ performance at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine is being reviewed by Dallas Cowboys Owner and GM Jerry Jones and Head Coach Jason Garrett as they will begin making adjustments to the Draft Board. They, along with the Scouting Department, will continue to modify their Board up until April 26th, based on things like each player’s Pro Day, the annual Dallas Day for potential draft picks, and what they anticipate from the other team’s draft strategies.

Several performances at the Combine affected what will happen in the 13 selections before the Cowboys use their 1st Round pick. A few players, like Dontari Poe, have jumped up into the Top 15 in most mock drafts. Others, like Courtney Upshaw, have fallen out of the Top 15.

I have argued previously that the Cowboys should not draft David DeCastro, and that they should take a DT if there is one capable of being a 3-4 NT still available. In the event that there is no suitable NT still on the board or Jerry Jones just continues to ignore my sagacious advice, it seems likely that the Cowboys braintrust will be looking for an impact player at CB. DE, or OLB. Of course, what they do in free agency will affect the relative importance of each need . If they sign Brandon Carr or an effective pass-rusher, that would eliminate the urgency of one of the huge needs.

Many prognosticators have the Cowboys taking a CB with the 14th pick. Every mock draft has Morris Claiborne being picked in the Top 10. Most mocks project that both Dre Kirkpatrick of Alabama and Janoris Jenkins of North Alabama will be available when the Cowboys get on the clock. The debate about which of the two CB’s the Cowboys should draft is starting to pick up.

The writers at The Landry Hat addressed, in a cursory fashion, a similar question before the Combine. You can read their answers here – six of them chose Kirkpatrick, one selected Jenkins, and one wanted to draft Alfonzo Dennard from Nebraska.

The Combine results for Dre Kirkpatrick and Janoris Jenkins:

Dre Kirkpatrick. Born: October 26, 1989. Height: 6-2. Weight: 186.
40 Time: 4.51 10
Vertical: 35 inches. Broadjump: 120 inches.
Arm: 30 5/8 inches. Hands:9.5 inches

Final Combine Grade from NFL.com: 92

Janoris Jenkins. Born: October 29, 1988. Height: 5-10. Weight: 193.
40 Time: 4.46 seconds. 3-Cone: 6.95. 20 yard shuffle:4.13. 60 Yd. Shuffle:11.23
Vertical: 33.5. Broad: 121 inches
Arm: 32 inches. Hand: 8 ¼ inches.

Final Combine Grade from NFL.com: 91.5

The one thing that stands out to me from the Combine, other than their respective heights, is that Dre has short arms for someone of his stature.

When you start to look at the big picture and think about which player is better suited to the Dallas Cowboys organization, then the follow random facts have to be considered.  I organized them into facts that favor each player:

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