The Florida Gators have yet to technically have a player selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, but the second round gave us a definite link. With the No. 39 overall selection, the St. Louis Rams selected former Gators and North Alabama Lions cornerback Janoris Jenkins.
It was difficult to predict exactly when Jenkins would be selected. He had top-10 talent and had he been able to remain at Florida for his senior season, there’s a good chance he would have been drafted that high. However, off-the-field issues caught up to Jenkins and Will Muschamp dismissed him before he ever played a down for the new head coach. Instead of finishing what was a great career on the field at Florida, Jenkins ended up at North Alabama with a chance to restore his image. Despite staying out of trouble, some teams flagged him or removed him from their draft boards entirely and that’s where the uncertainty came into play.
The first round came and went on Thursday night without Jenkins hearing his name called. It wouldn’t take long on Friday though. Jenkins only lasted a few picks before finding a home with the Rams. From a talent standpoint, Jenkins is a steal at No. 39, but those other issues raise questions. If all goes well, the Rams will be very happy with the former Gator and Lion. IF all goes well.