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Jenkins no Rabbit at Combine

Ohio product Malcolm Jenkins had a disappointing day on the track at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indy. Jenkins has been billed as the top cornerback in the Draft and a possible top 10 overall pick. He is an Ohio State product and thus has attracted a lot of attention in Browns circles given our need to shore up our secondary heading into this coming season. But Jenkins did himself no favours today. He has put himself in real danger of falling out of the Draft's top 10 of elite college players. He may also have switched the focus of interested teams to looking at him as a safety rather than a pure corner. This is all not deliberate of course. I'm sure Malcolm is trying his heart out. It goes to show the strong level of competition at the Combine. Some excel, like Aaron Curry who dominated several categories at the linebacker drills (although I still believe he does not neatly fit the linebacker needs of our Browns who must concentrate on pass rush and turnovers). What's all the fuss about Jenkins? Well, to be blunt, he's slow. He ran the speed drill today at nearly 4.6 seconds over 40 yard dashes. In his second attempt he shaved off almost one-tenth of a second, but that is still not impressive. The number two cornerback, Vontae Davis of Illinois, ran as fast as nearly 4.3. That is a significant difference. This is by no means the end of the line for Jenkins, however, the results today solidify a lingering concern that observers had going into the Combine - is Jenkins fast enough to play corner at a top level in the NFL? Maybe, but he will have to do better when he gets another chance in familiar Ohio country (Columbus) on March 13. The track in Columbus favours the runner for sure - it is known to be very fast and much swifter than the track Malcolm ran on today in Indy. For that reason, the scouts may add a fraction of a second to his times in Columbus to get a more accurate picture of his speed. Jenkins has to strive for 4.4 in Columbus to redeem himself. What a stressor. Give em crap Malcolm. In my eyes you remain a viable draft pick for our Browns.

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-Clayton

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