MOBILE, Ala. -- If performance were all that mattered, cornerback Janoris Jenkins would be a first-round pick.
But three off-the-field incidents (two related to marijuana possession and one for fighting and resisting arrest) led to his dismissal from Florida and could hurt his draft positioning in April.
To his credit, Jenkins, who played last season at North Alabama, didn't hide from his issues at the Senior Bowl. Here's my interview with him.
Q: What are you trying to convey to the NFL coaches and scouts?
A: I'm just trying to come across that I'm a good kid. I made a few mistakes, and I learned from them. And I'm looking to move forward and showcase my talent.
Q: Is your on-field play more important than your interviews?
A: I mean both. I want to prove to them that I'm not a bad kid, and I made a few mistakes down the road. And I learned from them, and I'm looking forward to moving on.
Q: Do you think you'll still be selected in the first round?
A: I made the mistake, and I got to take the blame for it. Whoever gets me, I'll be glad to go. And they'll get all I have.
Q: What did you do to change, after your off the field issues?
A: I went to Division II. Separated myself from the people I used to hang with. I took a year to myself. Giving back to the kids. I went from Division 1 to Division 2. It was a big difference. I had to just fit in around the environment. 95,000 to 3,500 [fans at games] a week is a big difference.
Q: What kind of defensive scheme do you think you fit in?
A: I can play in any scheme. Zone coverage, to man. I'm just looking to find a home.
Q: How have you felt so far here?
A: I had to get used to what they were coaching. Then I had a feel for it better today.
Q: Who is your agent?
I picked Ben Dogra.