In the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, there is a very good chance the Detroit Lions will select a cornerback. There is still a need for more talent at the cornerback position, and guys like Dre Kirkpatrick, Stephon Gilmore and Janoris Jenkins could be available when the Lions go on the clock at No. 23.
If Jenkins is the only one of those three corners still available, it appears the Lions may decide to go in a different direction. Dave Birkett reports that the Lions are unlikely to draft Jenkins due to his past character concerns and some of the Lions' own issues in the last week.
Jenkins is widely considered one of the most talented cornerbacks in the draft, a sentiment the Lions share, but a team source said chances are slim they take him 23rd overall considering his checkered past and the team’s own recent spat of marijuana-related arrests.
NFL Films' Greg Cosell just said on Saturday that he thinks Jenkins is the "best pure man cover corner" in this year's draft. Considering that, it may be tough to pass him by even with the character concerns. Then again, the Lions did that last year and it's now starting to bite them in the butt, so perhaps this year they won't take a risk on someone like Jenkins.