Mock freefall: Kiper puts Jenkins No. 30
The ESPN folks just don't like Mike Jenkins.
We told you a few days back that ESPN.com's Todd McShay had the USF cornerback going 22nd in his latest mock draft, and if you thought that was a big dropoff, it's the more optimistic projection on that site. Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. has a new mock out Wednesday, and he projects Jenkins to fall all the way to the 30th pick and the Green Bay Packers, as the sixth cornerback drafted.
Kiper thinks highly of fast-rising Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of Tennessee State, who he has going seventh to the Patriots. He has Troy's Leodis McKelvin going 10th to the Saints and Kansas' Aqib Talib going 21st to the Redskins, then two more corners -- Penn State's Justin King and Virginia Tech's Brandon Flowers -- going 27th and 28th. He doesn't get to Jenkins until No. 30, easily the lowest mainstream pick for the cornerback since everybody started working up mock first rounds.
This comes as Jenkins is preparing for USF's pro day workouts on campus on Friday. I'm curious to see if Jenkins will run the 40 on Friday after posting an official 4.38 at the NFL combine, which tied him for fifth among cornerbacks in this year's draft. Is he more likely to run if he perceives he needs a good showing to stay among the top two or three cornerbacks?