An interesting cornerback option prior to the start of the 2011 season for the Oakland Raiders may have developed Tuesday.
The University of Florida has dismissed cornerback Janoris Jenkins after his second misdemeanor marijuana possession charge in three months. He could interest the Raiders if he enters the supplemental draft this summer.
In January, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay had Jenkins as the No. 11 overall draft prospect for the 2011 draft. In Mel Kiper’s 2011 draft report book, Jenkins is listed at the No. 1 rated cornerback prospect for the 2012 draft.
Because of his dismissal, Jenkins will likely be a candidate for the supplemental draft, which is usually held in July. Any team that drafts a player in the supplemental draft gives up their 2012 pick in that corresponding round. The supplemental draft goes in the order of the previous draft. Oakland would have the No. 17 pick in the first round. It doesn’t have that choice in the Thursday’s first round of the draft because it sent it to New England in Sept. 2009 for defensive lineman Richard Seymour.
The Raiders are expected to take a cornerback early, perhaps with their first pick, No. 48. The Raiders may be poised to lose star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha in free agency. There’s been conjecture Oakland could trade up into the first round for a cornerback.
Now the Jenkins’ development gives Oakland another option if it doesn’t find a cornerback early this weekend. A team hasn’t used a first-round pick in the supplemental draft since 1992. Oakland has never taken a player in the supplemental draft, which began in 1977. Every other team in the AFC West has taken a player in the supplemental draft.