So far so good for first round pick Malcom Jenkins, who got introduced to the NFL today in his first minicamp with the Saints. “He’s a sharp kid,” Payton said Friday after the first practice of rookie camp at the Saints’ suburban headquarters. “He’s a pretty mature kid who learns quickly. … We draft these players and we’re hoping that they all can contribute, but we’ll see.”
Jenkins started the day playing cornerback, though most think that by the time it’s all said and done, he’ll be shifted to safety in the NFL. He did not have a good 40-yard time at the combine, as it was 4.51, slow among cornerbacks. Jenkins didn’t seem to care about that when he took the field Friday.
“It obviously shows me they didn’t care about the 40,” Jenkins said. “If you can play, you can play. They’re starting me off at corner, so I guess that’s where they think I fit best. They’re going to put me where they think I can help the team the best,” Jenkins said. “I’m willing to play wherever.”
For now, he’s off to a good start, where it may end and what position he’ll be playing is another question.