Janoris Jenkins

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Janoris Jenkins
No. 21 St. Louis Rams
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-10-29) October 29, 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth: Pahokee, Florida
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school: Pahokee (FL)
College: Florida & North Alabama
NFL draft: 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2015
Tackles: 219
Quarterback sacks: 1.0
Pass deflections: 36
Interceptions: 9
Defensive TDs: 6
Stats at NFL.com

Janoris Jenkins (born October 29, 1988) is an American football cornerback for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League (NFL).[1] He played college football for the University of North Alabama and University of Florida. He was selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Rams.

Early life[edit]

Jenkins attended Pahokee High School, and he played for the Pahokee Blue Devils high school football team. He was recognized as a first-team Class 2B all-state selection and a Parade magazine All-American as a senior in 2008. Rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Jenkins was listed as the sixth-best cornerback prospect in the nation.[2]

College career[edit]

Jenkins accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for coach Urban Meyer's Florida Gators football team from 2008 to 2010. He became just the second true freshman in school history to start at cornerback on opening day. He was named to College Football News and Sporting News Freshman All-American teams.[3] Despite his strong on-the-field performance for the Gators over three seasons, Jenkins was kicked off the team after he was charged with possession of marijuana in April 2011.[4]

Jenkins subsequently transferred and attended the University of North Alabama for his senior year, after signing an athletic grant-in-aid to play for the North Alabama Lions football team under head coach Terry Bowden.

Professional career[edit]

2012 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 193 lb 32" in 8.25" in 4.46 s 4.13 s 6.95 s 33.5 in 10 ft 1 in
All values from NFL combine[5][6]

St. Louis Rams[edit]


Jenkins was selected by the St. Louis Rams with the 39th overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.[7]

In Week 1 against the Detroit Lions, Jenkins recorded his first career interception, returning it 34 yards.

In Week 12 against the Arizona Cardinals, he returned two interceptions for touchdowns against fellow rookie Ryan Lindley, becoming the first Rams player to ever return two interceptions for touchdowns in a single regular season game.

Jenkins won the team's Carroll Rosenbloom Memorial Award for his record-setting season. [8] Jenkins tied an NFL rookie record with three interceptions returned for touchdowns, and is tied with Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman for the league lead.[9] His four defensive touchdowns (3 INTs, 1 fumble recovery) led the NFL this season.[10]


Jenkins finished with 55 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception in 2013. [11]


Jenkins saw an upgraded role in 2014 as the Rams' starting cornerback. He finished with 55 tackles and 2 interceptions. His 2 interceptions came against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3, and against the San Diego Chargers in Week 12. Both interceptions were returned for touchdowns.[12] Jenkins' interception against San Diego was returned for 99 yards. [13] Jenkins, along with teammate Tavon Austin, was named a Pro Bowl Alternate at cornerback. [14]

Personal life[edit]

On June 1, 2009, Jenkins was arrested near a bar by Gainesville Police for fighting and resisting arrest after punching a man in the head around 2:00 a.m. Police were forced to use a taser on Jenkins after fighting escalated. When asked why the fight started, Jenkins told police it was because he thought someone was going to steal the gold chain around his neck.[15]

On April 23, 2011, Jenkins was cited by a Gainesville police officer and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. He was cited for the same violation in January 2011, and paid a $316 fine. He was arrested in May 2009 during a downtown Gainesville fight that resulted in probation and community service. On April 26, 2011, he was dismissed by the Florida Gators football team, due to his second drug related arrest in 3 months.[16]


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