Post-combine mock drafts: Jenkins at 22?
The first wave of post-NFL combine mock drafts are out, and Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay's new projections at ESPN.com (here's a link, though it's premium Insider content) have former USF cornerback Mike Jenkins dropping all the way to Dallas at No. 22.
McShay has the Ravens at No. 8 taking Troy's Leodis McKelvin, the Cardinals at No. 16 taking Kansas' Aqib Talib, with even the Bucs passing on Jenkins at No. 20. It's only one opinion, of course, and other mock drafts still have Jenkins in about the same spots he was before the combine.
SI.com's Don Banks, for instance, has McKelvin with the Ravens at No. 8, but has Jenkins landing softly at No. 10 with the Saints. Banks has four corners in his top 18, with Talib and Tennessee State's Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie gone before the Bucs would pick. (Curiously, he has the Bucs taking Delaware QB Joe Flacco, which would be wild).
It's hard to say how Jenkins' combine performance is being received. SI.com loved it, running a pic of Jenkins and having Tony Pauline write that he was "clearly the class" of the cornerback group. Jenkins' numbers weren't anything to hurt him, with his 40 time officially reported at 4.38 seconds, not the fastest but nothing that would raise any questions about his elite-level speed. I'll be curious to see if he'll run a 40 at USF's pro day on campus on Friday.
One player who might benefit from Friday is cornerback Trae Williams, who was clocked between 4.51 and 4.53 at the combine, not a particularly impressive number. The folks at Realfootball365.com tagged him as one of three Big East players who saw their stock slip at the combine, but again, he'll have a chance to change that Friday.
USF's big three -- Jenkins, Williams and Ben Moffitt -- will participate Friday, along with defensive tackle Richard Clebert and offensive tackles Walt Walker and Jared Carnes. Linebacker Sam Miller and receiver Courtney Denson, who played sparingly with the Bulls, will work out as well. Not sure whether receiver Amarri Jackson will work out or not, and it looks like center Nick Capogna ("happy retired," he says), cornerback Ryan Gilliam and defensive tackles Allen Cray and Julian Riley won't participate.