The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms with cornerback Malcolm Jenkinson a five-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
The defensive back, selected 14th overall in April's NFL Draft, was a consensus All-American and winner of the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back as a senior at Ohio State.
"We're glad to have agreed to this five-year deal with Malcolm and look forward to seeing him at practice with his teammates tomorrow," said Loomis. "He is an intelligent young man and given what we saw from him on the field during the offseason, I'm confident that he will get up to speed sooner rather than later."
Jenkins started 45 of 49 games over four years for the Buckeyes and posted career totals of 196 tackles (124 solo), 11 interceptions – two of which he returned for touchdowns, 28 pass defenses, four forced fumbles, one sack and three blocked punts. The native of Piscataway, N.J. was the first defensive back selected in the draft.
A three-time all-conference selection, Jenkins (6-0, 204) posted a career-best 57 tackles in his senior season of 2008, along with three interceptions, a sack and three forced fumbles. He helped lead Ohio State to Big Ten titles in all four of his seasons in Columbus along with two appearances in the BCS National Championship Game.