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Are the San Diego Chargers Trying to Trade Up for Janoris Jenkins?

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The hot talk around the proverbial water-cooler is that the Baltimore Ravens are shopping around the 35th overall pick, the third pick of the 2nd round, to a number of teams that have their sights set on Janoris Jenkins. The San Diego Chargers are speculated to be one of those teams, but I can't for the life of me figure out why.

Jenkins is a 23 year old senior coming out of the University of Northern Alabama (where he played his senior season after being kicked off the Florida Gators team) and seems to be a shorter version of Antonio Cromartie. Despite being incredibly athletic and talented, Jenkins can't keep himself out of trouble.

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 AM. 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.

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.

At the time of the NFL Combine, he had 4 children by 3 different women.


The Chargers still have Quentin Jammer, Antoine Cason, Marcus Gilchrist and Shareece Wright under contract. If they were to trade up and use their second round pick on a Cornerback, it could possibly be a sign that either Jammer or Gilchrist was being moved to starting Strong Safety.