ProFootballTalk noticed that some prominent (ESPN's Kiper and McShay) draft experts are projecting the Packers will select Ohio State CB Malcolm Jenkins in the 1st round. Although the Press Gazette article used as their source actually kind of brushes off the idea.
Still there is a lot to like about Malcolm Jenkins. Nice size at 6'0" and speed around 4.4 to 4.5 in the 40. He won the Jim Thorpe award as the nation's top defensive back last year. Although past winners of that award is a list of players ranging from great to good to bust. CB Charles Woodson and ex-Packer bust CB Terrell Buckley both won it. It's been mentioned that he might be better at free safety which doesn't sound like a compliment.
Either way, I can't seem him as the Packers 1st round choice. In 2009, he would be stuck behind Woodson, CB Al Harris, probably CB Tramon Williams, and maybe even 2008 2nd round pick CB Pat Lee. It wouldn't hurt to consider a very talented strong safety instead of hoping either S Atari Bigby or S Aaron Rouse will become a great player, but Jenkins is considered more of a free safety type and so is Nick Collins.
I'm not quite convinced Jenkins will be a great NFL player, but the bigger problem is that he plays a position where the Packers have a lot of depth. He would be a poor choice for the Packers.
Do you think the Packers will draft either a cornerback or safety in the 1st round?
Yes (13 votes)
No (89 votes)
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