The Saints have selected a safety/CB in the first round, going with Ohio State hitter Malcolm Jenkins with the #13 pick. New Orleans has been looking to upgrade the secondary for sometime, and now they have a player that can step in and have an impact.
Here is the lowdown on Jenkins from Draft Countdown:
Terrific size and bulk with long arms…Smooth and athletic…Great hands and ball skills…Good strength…Solid instincts and is quick to react…Has a powerful punch and gets a good jam at the line…Reliable tackler…Very physical and will happily support the run…Extremely confident…Tough and durable…Hard worker and team leader with excellent intangibles…Offers some positional versatility…Has a lot of experience against top competition … Outstanding program pedigree.
Does not have great speed or quickness…Lacks a burst to close and recover…Has some trouble flipping his hips and transitioning…Just average feet…Gambler who will take some chances…Will struggle to turn and run with speedy pro wideouts deep … Bit of a CB / S ‘tweener.
Also being looked at as a free safety prospect…Probably would have been a first round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft had he come out after his junior season…A three-year starter in the Big Ten…Helped lead his high school team to three consecutive state titles…Was named 1st Team All-Big Ten as a sophomore, junior and senior…Missed the final two games of the regular season with a knee injury as a true freshman but was otherwise healthy…Will attempt to follow in the footsteps of former Buckeyes cornerbacks who have found great success in the NFL like Shawn Springs, Antoine Winfield, Ahmed Plummer, Nate Clements and Chris Gamble…Will likely begin his pro career at corner but if that doesn’t work out he still has Pro Bowl potential as a safety…Best fit may come in a zone scheme where he can press…Eerily reminiscent of Antrel Rolle coming out of college and carries a similar pro grade…Not an elite shut-down cover guy but could be a #1 corner