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OSU CB/Safety Malcolm Jenkins Talks with Broncos

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SportingNews.com’s Albert Breer is reporting that the Broncos talked Monday to Ohio State cornerback Malcolm Jenkins. Last season Jenkins won the Jim Thorpe Award last year as the top collegiate defensive back. The biggest question about Jenkins is his speed and if he’ll be a better safety than corner in the Pro Game. Here is a Scouting report on Jenkins:

2009 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State

For the second year in a row, Malcolm Jenkins begins the season as the top cornerback prospect for the NFL Draft. Entering his fourth year as a starter for the Buckeyes, Jenkins possesses a rare blend of size, speed, and instinct at the position. Many teams needing secondary help will even consider him at the free safety position because of his outstanding open field tackling. He is an excellent cover man, but has the size to help out in run support like a safety. He played in 52 games at Ohio State, and registered 196 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, and forced 4 fumbles. In coverage, Jenkins has tallied an impressive 11 interceptions and 17 passes broken up – including two interceptions he has taken back for touchdowns. Jenkins showed another facet of his game this year that will likely be important as an NFL rookie, when he blocked 2 kicks playing special teams for the Buckeyes. Because teams try their best to throw away from him, he gets fewer chances to make big plays each year. Jenkins has excellent instincts and positioning in coverage. He’s far less likely to get his hips out of position like other young corners, and makes fantastic breaks on the ball while it’s in the air. According to the Ohio State Athletics website, Malcolm Jenkins runs a 4.3 in the 40 yard dash, a time that will have scouts drooling on their stop watches if he can do it. That type of speed at his size would vault him to the top of draft boards without his impressive resume. He also plays some of the best press coverage you’ll ever see out of a college cornerback. Jenkins’ physical tools, good technique, and big game experience should see him taken in the top 5 or at worst, the top 10 of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Malcolm Jenkins’ lackluster 4.55 second 40 yard dash time at the NFL Combine may have sealed his fate as an NFL safety. This still doesn’t take him out of the first round, but he is likely to slip out of the top ten overall picks.


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