Allen Park — Here's another reason why North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins' draft stock may not have fallen as far as many suspect: He has vehemently denied recent reports that he continued to smoke marijuana at North Alabama.
In an interview with Scout.com, Jenkins said, "I wasn't smoking marijuana at North Alabama. If anybody wants to know, they can give my coaches a call. I wasn't partying. They've been saying a lot of things about me that aren't true without getting my side of the story. It's been a humbling experience."
Jenkins is considered a possible target of the Lions in the first round at pick No. 23.
Jenkins continued: "You've got to be a man, you've got to be honest and straightforward. I've matured. My past is my past. People can judge me for how far I've come. I want to know why all of a sudden this is out there about me. Why didn't it come out after the Combine when I was straightforward with the scouts? The timing is very interesting to me."
Jenkins was very open and honest talking to reporters and team personnel at the NFL Combine. He admitted to smoking pot and three arrests that got him booted out of Florida. But he was adamant that he hadn't smoked since his expulsion.
Also, while at North Alabama he was tested regularly and was operating under a zero-tolerance policy.
"Of course he got drug tested when he was there and he passed those tests," defensive coordinator Tony Pecoraro told Scout. "For him to get into school, our athletic director put in a bunch of stipulations and he had to do community service hours, do a mentoring program, take random drug tests. If anything had come back positive from those, he wouldn't have been out there. It was a zero tolerance policy. He did everything we asked him to do."
He also apparently passed all the medical tests at the Combine.
So, if the rumors of Jenkins' continued drug use caused his stock to drop, perhaps this bit of news will bring some teams back into the fold.
"Whoever gets me will get a competitor, somebody who works hard, a team player and a shutdown cornerback," Jenkins told Scout. "Whoever skips over me, they're going to regret it now and later."