What they're saying about Mike Jenkins ...
Lots of people writing about Mike Jenkins becoming USF's first-ever first-round pick, so I've got a lot of links. Wish I'd been able to make it down to Bradenton for his draft gathering, but I had a prior commitment and couldn't get down there. Lots of local fans surprised and disappointed that the Bucs passed on Jenkins to take another cornerback in Kansas Aqib Talib, and Jim Leavitt was tactful in expressing his surprise Saturday night.
"I kind of thought they might take him," Leavitt said. "I don't know the corner at Kansas. I just know Mike. I'll always be a Bucs fan. I'll just be a real big Dallas fans now, too."
Onto the links ...
-- The Dallas Morning News writes that Jenkins is "as pro-ready as they come at corner," noting that if Adam "Pacman" Jones is reinstated as expected, Jenkins would be the Cowboys' fourth corner, but should still expect to play a lot. "The three years I was in San Diego, and here, the fourth corner has played a lot," coach Wade Phillips told the newspaper. "I think you can't get enough good corners."
-- Just as USF was able to be more aggressive on defense because of their trust in Jenkins and Trae Williams, Dallas hopes to play the same way, according to the Morning News. "I would be disappointed if he doesn't come in and really get a lot of playing time," Jerry Jones said of Jenkins.
-- Dallascowboys.com has a full transcript from Jenkins' post-draft teleconference, covering a lot of topics, including how he might fit in with the Cowboys.
-- Don Banks at SI.com listed the Bucs' pick of Talib when Jenkins was available among his "picks I reall didn't like in the first two rounds."
-- Dennis Dillon of the Sporting News writes that Dallas' selections of Arkansas running back Felix Jones and Jenkins reflect a team that feels it can win the Super Bowl this year -- in Tampa -- and drafted to get immediate help in key areas this season.
-- Alan Dell of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune was at Jenkins' draft-day gathering and details the unexpected drama that unfolded as Jenkins' mother, Kathy Gray, passed out as her son's name was announced. Gray suffered a diabetic seizure but was soon after cleared by medical personnel to return to her son's draft celebration.
-- I want to give the Fort Worth Star-Telegram props for running their final mock draft and showing where they were wrong and right. They got exactly three picks right and missed every one from No. 13 to No. 31, but I like that they showed that publicly. With so many trades, I don't think many mocks look good today.
-- I'd said last week that it was a colossal reach to think the Bucs would take East Carolina running back Chris Johnson at No. 20, so I'll eat a little crow in admitting that Johnson went a few picks later to Tennessee. I still don't like him as a first-round running back, and Mel Kiper agrees. Kiper also wrote something I had in Sunday's paper, that Carolina gave up way too much to get Jeff Otah at No. 19.
-- I do have an update on a junior college center who could be the next part of USF's recruiting class, and will get it in at some point today. Just have lots of draft stuff to get on here and don't want it to get lost in that. For the record, "Don't tease me, bro" is one of the better lines you guys have had in a while ...