Dallas Takes Jenkins at 25, Makes USF History

With the 25th pick in the 2008 NFL draft, the Dallas Cowboys struck gold and made Mike Jenkins the highest Bull ever to be drafted. Read about it on USFNation.com

On Saturday afternoon the Bulls made history with out even playing a game.

When the Dallas Cowboys moved up at the bottom of the first round to select USF cornerback Mike Jenkins, they made him the highest Bull ever drafted into the NFL.

Jenkins was rated as one of the top 5 cornerbacks in the draft and ranked No. 1 by Tom Marino of Scout.com, but was still available late into the first round when Dallas moved up from the No. 28 spot to No. 25 in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks to select him, the fourth corner back taken in the draft.

To move up three spots and secure Jenkins, Dallas gave up their fifth- and seventh-round picks.

In 11 years of playing football the Bulls now have nine players drafted, but Jenkins is the first USF player to be taken in the first round. Kawika Mitchell had the previous high when he was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round in 2003.

Jenkins will join former Bull Anthony Henry who also plays for the 2007 NFC East Division Champions.

The Cowboys get a potential top 15 pick at the bottom of the first round in Mike Jenkins after trading up with the Seahawks. Jenkins should contribute immediately in a Dallas in secondary in need of backup corners after the departures of Nate Jones and Jacques Reeves. Longterm, he'll be a starter for many years. The Cowboys were hoping to strike gold in this year's draft after the first round, that's exactly what they've done. - Roy Philpott, Ranch Report
Dallas might have selected Antoine Cason or Brandon Flowers here had Jenkins not slipped this far. Dallas gets one of the better values of the first round. The feeling is veteran CB Anthony Henry could be moved to safety down the line and Jenkins could at least compete for the nickel job this season.

SCOUT.COM'S TOM MARINO'S ANALYSIS: A shutdown corner with adequate size and outstanding quickness. Has racehorse speed, explosive hips and the ability to stick his foot in the ground and close to the ball. No wasted movement or extra steps. Underneath close was rare. Impressive play instincts and anticipation. Has the speed to easily stay on top of receivers on deep routes. Inconsistent hands. Special player.

CFN.COM Draft Breakdown and Analysis
25 Dallas (from Seattle) Mike Jenkins, CB South Florida
A tremendous three-year starter on a good USF defense, Jenkins is a true shut-down corner who isn't afraid to get physical and can all but erase the top receivers when he has his game on. The question is his motor. If it's going full-tilt and he wants it, he looks like an all-star. When he suffers lapses or doesn't get up for the competition, he can be beaten by average receivers. He needs to bring it game in and game out. It would be nice if he picked off more passes, taking away just six despite being a four-year regular, but that's a bit misleading.
CFN Projection: First Round CFN Position Rank: 2

BULLS in the NFL Draft

Bill Gramatica 2001 Arizona Cardinals 4th Round
Anthony Henry 2001 Cleveland Browns 4th Round
Kenyatta Jones 2001 New England Patriots 4th Round
Kawika Mitchell 2003 Kansas City Chiefs 2nd Round
DeAndre Rubin 2003 Green Bay Packers 7th Round
Shurron Pierson 2003 Oakland Raiders 4th Round
J.R. Reed 2004 Dallas Cowboys 4th Round
Stephen Nicholas 2007 Atlanta Falcons 4th Round
Mike Jenkins 2008 Dallas Cowboys  1st Round  25th pick 

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