Name: Malcolm Jenkins
Position: Cornerback (Potentially Safety)
Weight: 208 lbs
1. Aggressiveness - Malcolm Jenkins has been known for his aggressiveness towards the ball and players who are carrying it. This is well-suited with the style of defense that Gregg Williams will implement for the Saints and I have a feeling Williams has his eye on Jenkins. Although we have Sharper, one of the best players at his position over the last decade, we can play Jenkins at corner and groom him to be our safety of the future. Sharper will be a great mentor for him and show him the way to being a playmaking safety as he has been throughout his career, minus the last couple of years.
2. Ball Skills - One of the biggest areas that Jenkins is hyped up for is his amazing ball skills. Ha has been known for breaking on the ball very well and can cover very well man to man, these type of ball skills mixed with a born skill of anticipation mesh for a god secondary player, which is why teams were forced to throw away from his side of the field throughout his years in college. Using these ball skills at the safety position would enable him to become a great NFL safety while being groomed by one of the best. I can see him now in a Saints uniform intercepting passes on a regular basis in our secondary, a sight that I and presumably all Saints fans have been longing to see for a while.
3. Versatility - His versatility is a very valued asset by NFL teams as well. To be able to play corner or safety and have college experience in both is a valuable commodity for an young NFL player to have. If the Saints were to draft him, they could play him at corner or safety, whatever works best for us at the time.
I know a lot of people are not sold on Jenkins, but there is a reason there was a lot of hype about him before the combine and even afterwards. There is also a reason he was the winner of the Thorpe Award, awarded to the best back in the country. All of the signs are there are I'm hoping he falls to us and praying we don't take Chris Wells. This guy could be the future Ed Reed of the NFC, he has the ball skills, anticipation and aggressiveness to become a great player, will we be watching him on our team forcing turnovers? I sure hope so...