If I ran an NFL franchise I wouldn’t consider drafting LSU’s Morris Claiborne and ex-Gator Janoris Jenkins in the first or second round…no matter how desperate I was for a cornerback. I’m not certain I’d draft them at all, but I certainly wouldn’t even consider putting my franchise in a position where it would have to write a signing bonus check of $1 million or more – not to mention wasting a high draft choice.

Talk about red flags. Talk about character issues.

Before you label me a Gene Smith wannabe, let me say once again I think the Jaguars general manager goes over the top when he shies away from signing players who have a hiccup or two on their resumes. But there are certain things among character issues that would scare me off regardless of how physically talented a young man was.

Claiborne scored a 4 on the NFL’s Wonderlic test, reportedly the lowest score ever recorded by an NFL prospect. Many NFL execs insist the test isn’t important. Then why do NFL teams administer the test? A 4 means one of four things: The athlete is 1) stupid or 2) ignorant or 3) lazy or 4) has a learning disability. All are problems. Obviously, it isn’t Claiborne’s fault if he has a learning disability, but it does create a potential problem in his development as a productive player. If that’s the case, draft him late and hope he can overcome it.

Jenkins should be avoided at all costs. He was booted out of Florida after several pot-related problems. He finished his college football career at North Alabama. He also has as many as five children out of wedlock with five different women. Reportedly, two were born on the same day by different mothers. Such a track record screams potential drug problems, a lack of discipline, irresponsibility and future personal and financial problems galore.

It’s always a gamble when drafting players, but sometimes the odds are too overwhelming to take a chance.

Claiborne and Jenkins are busts waiting to happen.

 

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Comments
  1. BigBlackRod says:

    I really hate David Lamm. That said, please Jags, do what he says, so that you can suck worse than last year, and Shad Khan can move this eyesore of a team to Los Angeles as soon as possible. The worst thing that could have happened to this team is that Mark Brunell and Tony Boselli, arguably the two best players in team history, were choirboys; since they’ve retired, the Jags have searched high and low for other choirboys to take their place. As their recent record can attest, they’ve failed miserably. I ain’t saying you have to be the Cincinnati Bengals (though the Bengals DO seem to be a better team than the Jags), but you have gotta take a chance on some of these guys at some time, don’t you? PEACE.

  2. Wyman says:

    I assume LSU’s Claborne has a college transcript any NFL team can examine to see what his grades were in the classes he took and what those classes were. It’s also possible, if we assume LSU is a football factory where grades are a fiction, Claborne may be an “Idiot Savant” when it comes to playing cornerback. Better to judge a player by his on the field accomplishments than to judge his skills based on a paper / computer based test.

    As for Jenkins, although he does not sound like a player I would be fond of having on a team I root for, other than pot related incidents and being a successful womanizer, how has he done on the field. Also, did he at Northern Alabama appear to put his pot-smoking past behind him, while producing no more kids? How many successful NFL players have multiple children by multiple women?

    What you mention should be factors to consider, but one should not exclude facts that tell you these guys can play and should be drafted high, despite their shortcomings.

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