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Janoris Jenkins Taken By St. Louis Rams In Second Round Of 2012 NFL Draft

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The St. Louis Rams decided they were going to be the team to take a risk and draft Janoris Jenkins with their 39th pick.

Jenkins, who character-issued his way into the second round, was widely considered a top-15 talent with skills similar to Morris Claiborne, who went sixth overall to the Dallas Cowboys. But his two marijuana-related arrests dropped him all the way to the second round, and many believe he still went a little too high as a high-second round selection.

Some even threw around Adam "Pac-Man" Jones comparisons with Jenkins, but he doesn't see it it that way.

Jenkins started his first three seasons at Florida and was a Third-Team All-American in 2010. After his second marijuana arrest within a three-month span, he was dismissed from UF and ultimately continued his career at North Alabama.

At UNA, Jenkins thrived as a cornerback and punt returner, and was named to the Division II Second-Team All-American team.

The Rams are certainly taking a risk by selecting Jenkins, but this is the same player who shut down A.J. Green and Julio Jones, who went fourth and sixth, respectively, in the 2011 NFL Draft. Jenkins is certainly high risk-high reward, but if he can get it together off the field, he'll be a great asset to the Rams' defense.