Cowboys make Jenkins USF's first first-rounder
Former USF cornerback Mike Jenkins might have waited a little longer than he'd hoped, but the Dallas Cowboys used the 25th pick in Saturday's NFL Draft to select him, making him USF's first-ever first-round draft pick.
Jenkins, who liked Dallas enough this spring that he often wore a Cowboys shirt when visiting USF's practices, will join former USF corner Anthony Henry in Dallas. He was the fourth cornerback taken Saturday, and was chosen five picks after the hometown Bucs chose another corner in Kansas' Aqib Talib. The Cowboys, defending NFC East champions, could have had him at No. 22 but instead chose Arkansas running back Felix Jones; seeing him still available three picks later, Dallas traded up three spots from No. 28 to take Seattle's pick at No. 25 and select Jenkins. The Cowboys gave up fifth- and seventh-round picks to move up three spots.
As a first-round pick, Jenkins will soon find himself a multimillionaire. Last year's No. 25 pick, Panthers linebacker Jon Beason, signed a rookie contract that included more than $6-million in guaranteed money. He watched the draft from his family's home in Bradenton. Before his selection Saturday, the highest-drafted USF player had been linebacker Kawika Mitchell, who was taken by the Chiefs with the No. 47 overall pick in the 2003 draft.