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Mike Jenkins' Trade Value

The Eagles just traded Asante Samuel to the Falcons for a seventh round pick. Samuel is a four time Pro-Bowler, has great ball skills and will likely start for the Falcons this season. On the other hand, he's 31, gets burned too often to be considered a great corner and has been one of the most overrated players in the league for a while; while most NFL fans would take him over Jenkins, I'm not sure the same is true of NFL front offices. After the jump, I'll explain why this comparison doesn't really matter.


So what do you get with Mike Jenkins. He's 27, a four year starter (three and a half) and has been to the Pro-Bowl. He's pretty good in man coverage and has decent ball skills. A team taking Jenkins gets an above-average starting CB. He's also rehabbing an injury, but there's a long time before the season starts.

The CBs capable of coming in right away and starting, and performing at a high level, have already been drafted. Don't get me wrong. This is a very deep cornerback class. There are a lot of potentially great corners left in the draft. There are even guys who will be able to contribute immediately. I think that Jamell Fleming, in particular, will be a stud. But if a rookie cornerback could come in and start for a team right away, he would have been picked in the first round. If there are any immediate starters left, we're talking about players with character concerns in Janoris Jenkins or Alfonzo Dennard.

If there's a team who needs a starting CB, they just might consider giving up a 2nd for Jenkins. If there's a CB run early in the round, there's an even better chance. Furthermore, NFL.com's DraftTracker lists CB as a need for almost every team in the league.

Let's hope we can get something for Jenkins. It'd be nice to turn him into a Center or slot receiver (via trade, not by changing his position).

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