NFL scouts have moved Alabama's Andre Smith down their lists because of off-field issues. But at the end of the day, is he still the best tackle available in the draft? Our experts reveal whom they would pick as the best player at each position.[details]
The Good: A tall, long-armed corner with good body control and bump skills in press coverage. Does a nice job re-routing receivers off the line and not allowing them to get into a rhythm. Showcases good flexibility and change-of-direction skills out of his breaks. Does a nice job sinking his hips and exploding laterally toward the ball. Plays faster than his 40 time and displays excellent hands and ball skills down the field. The Bad: Needs to play with more discipline in zone coverage. At times loses track of his receiver and trusts his leaping ability too much to make the play. Needs to exhibit more passion and aggressiveness shedding blocks and getting after the ball against the run.
Positives: Excellent size for a corner and is big enough to play safety. Looks the part. Athletic build with superlong, 341?2-inch arms and outstanding overall length to match up with bigger receivers. Strong hands to hem receivers at the line and press. Has deceptive speed - takes long strides. Good zone instincts - drives hard on three-step drops and reads the quarterback. Has lined up at safety in nickel packages. Physical. Excellent short-area quickness displayed in shuttles at the Combine - registered a time of 4.08 seconds in the 20-yard short shuttle and a Combine-best time of 6.59 in the 3-cone drill. Good, willing tackler. Supports the run. Exudes emotion and energy that rubs off on teammates. Has stood out on special teams and has been effective blocking punts. Very confident - plays with a swagger and is not afraid to mix it up. Solid character. Negatives: Did not blaze his 40-yard-dash times at the Combine and lacks elite top-end speed to run with receivers down the field. Can be beat deep. Lacks great downfield ball skills. Could stand to improve in off-man coverage. Can be beaten by smaller, quicker receivers. Summary: A big, physical, athletic cornerback with safety versatility, Jenkins would fit best in a zone scheme as a press corner where he could use his great length and short-area quickness to eliminate big plays. Comes from a strong pipeline of Ohio State cornerbacks and has the tools to be the next great one if he is properly used. Grade: First-round talent.