As expected, Janoris Jenkins to enter NFL Draft

Florida Gators junior cornerback Janoris Jenkins has decided to forgo his final season of NCAA eligibility and will declare for the 2011 NFL Draft, a source “close to the decision” told ESPN’s Joe Schad on Thursday.

Jenkins, arguably Florida’s best defensive player in 2010, totaled 106 tackles, eight interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), two sacks and two forced fumbles in three seasons with the Gators. He earned All-SEC honors from both the Associated Press (first team) and coaches (second team) this year.

Only the second true freshman in school history to start at cornerback on opening day (Joe Haden), Jenkins was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2008 helped Florida win the 2009 BCS National Championship by registering five tackles in the game. He was equally effective in the 2010 Sugar Bowl, recording five solo tackles (one for loss) and a pass break-up in the Gators’ victory.

As a junior in 2010, Jenkins registered 43 tackles, three interceptions and one sack while playing most of the season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He had surgery after the regular season to correct the injury and missed Florida’s 37-24 victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions in the 2011 Outback Bowl.

Projected to be a top junior NFL prospect before the season began, Jenkins is considered the third-best cornerback and No. 11 overall player according to ESPN.

Fellow junior, safety Will Hill, has also decided to declare for the draft. The University of Florida will release statements when each player makes his intention to pursue a professional football career official.

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10 Responses to “As expected, Janoris Jenkins to enter NFL Draft”

  1. TonyM1449 says:

    Expected! I wish JJ the best of luck! Adam, wondering if
    you heard anything …is there any truth to the rumors that dubose,
    brown, and Reed have not enrolled in spring classes and may be
    looking to transfer?

    • 1) His name is Debose.

      2) Not sure whether or not those rumors are true at this time. But most rumors aren’t. Find it hard to believe that would be true for all three.

  2. npgator says:

    Why would those three not enroll? Makes no sense at all
    especially since all three will be likely starters next year. As
    far as Jenkins is concerned he is ready for the NFL and he was a
    great Gator.

  3. SC Gator says:

    Like Haden last year (and Harvin the year before) he gave
    us his all and I wish him the best of luck.

  4. CH says:

    Can we ask Coach Boom to let Brantley where the #1 jersey next year? It seems to have some special powers at getting the most out of players.

  5. zurbo says:

    good luck JJ. As for hill, thanks for nothin

  6. DCgator says:

    Janoris was one of my favorite Gators since his freshman season, and I can’t wait to watch him on Sundays. Will Hill was honestly a bust, but he’s still a Gator and I hope he lands on an NFL squad.

  7. Gatorbuc15 says:

    I’ll miss you JJ. Good luck in the NFL.

  8. GG says:

    Don’t get why he (Hill) would go out on such a bad note especially with all the defensive guys coming in.

  9. Scooterp says:

    Same here – JJ earned it, great gator. Hill….. not so
    much. I remember when these guys came in together and as highly
    touted as Jenkins was, Hill was the consensus top DB in the
    country. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you have
    10 cent head…………………………………