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Timmy Jernigan | Defensive Tackle

Team: Florida State Seminoles
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/24/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 298

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Ravens selected Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan with the No. 48 overall pick in the NFL draft.
Jernigan (6-foot-2, 299) earned second-team All-American honors as a 21-year-old true junior in 2013, racking up 11 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks for the national champs. Frequently double teamed in college, Jernigan projects as a country-strong one-gap nose or "one technique" with lane-clogging ability despite somewhat limited size. He is not an explosive penetrator, but has room to grow as an interior disruptor and is relentless in run-defense pursuit. Jernigan should quickly push 2013 third-round pick Brandon Williams for snaps at nose tackle in Baltimore. Williams offers far superior size, but Jernigan moves better Fri, May 9, 2014 08:37:00 PM

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FSU DT Timmy Jernigan failed the Combine drug test, testing positive for marijuana, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer.

Seantrel Henderson is another known failed test from the prospects' trip to Indianapolis, with Zach Mettenberger offering a diluted sample. The last point might not mean much, and Mettenberger's agent has already come forward with correct documentation. Jernigan had the game of his life against Auburn, but was not as good in other exposures. He projects as a one technique.
Mon, May 5, 2014 06:17:00 PM

Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan will reportedly arrive in Dallas on Monday night for a pre-draft visit.

Dallas needs all sorts of help on the defensive line, and Jernigan is one potential option in the mid-first round. Late last month, Evan Silva and Josh Norris identified DE, S, and DT, in order, as the Cowboys' draft needs. Pitt's Aaron Donald is probably Dallas' preference, but he very well may be gone by the No. 16 pick. In Dallas' Draft Analysis piece, Norris wrote of Jernigan: "I know Jernigan is frequently listed as a first-round pick, but I stand by placing him outside of the top 40. Jernigan is also consistently called a three technique. I do not see it. In fact, I would rather he play the one-technique and work through blockers. He can be effective when getting a good jump off the ball, delivering a strong punch, and playing a yard in the backfield. Jernigan struggles most when attempting to move laterally, especially as a pass rusher."
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 07:21:00 PM

Two NFL evaluators interviewed by believe Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan is a first-round pick.

"He can do a lot of things," an AFC executive said. "He’s very strong. He’s a first-rounder." A scouting director from a NFC team is given pause by the 6-foot-2, 292-pound Jernigan's lack of height, but still thinks he'll slot at the end of Round 1. An NFC scout concluded with a sobering reminder of Jernigan's final collegiate game: "He tapped out in the championship game. On that last Auburn drive, you couldn’t find him." Jernigan can struggle to work through blockers; he's at his best anchoring at the line of scrimmage or getting a beat on the snap and exploding into the backfield with timing.
Sun, Apr 13, 2014 10:42:00 PM

Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan recently visited the Titans, according to beat writer Jim Wyatt.

Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton will implement an odd man front and has traditionally called for bigger bodies to anchor the nose tackle position. The team's former zero or one technique, Jurrell Casey, is more of an upfield disruptor and will likely move away from the spot, while Jernigan is better at holding the line of scrimmage. The Seminole can have great flashes, but his play is not consistent.
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 10:18:00 AM

FSU DT Timmy Jernigan visited the Titans this week.

Jernigan was frequently misevaluated as three-technique, when he predominately lines up as a zero or one-technique and projects best to those alignments. Jernigan is at his best anchoring at the line of scrimmage or getting a beat on the snap and using an explosive first movement to reset the line one or two yards in the backfield. He struggles to work through blockers and can look sluggish running around them.
Fri, Apr 4, 2014 12:46:00 PM

Timmy Jernigan dropped from No. 11 overall to 30 in writer Todd McShay's latest rankings.

"Jernigan is several spots lower than Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald here because he simply isn't as fast or smooth as him, or as good a finisher, and he lacks ideal height and bulk," McShay wrote. "But he still brings a lot of value as a 3-technique defensive tackle, as he is very strong versus the run with good (but not elite) first-step quickness, and good awareness and motor." Rotoworld's Josh Norris agrees with the overall assessment, but thinks Jernigan is a better fit as a 1-technique as opposed to a 3-technique. Norris ranks Jernigan No. 45 overall. "Run defense is hit or miss," he wrote. "I would rather he become an upfield disruptor close to the center."
Sun, Mar 23, 2014 06:53:00 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah believes FSU DT Timmy Jernigan will be drafted ahead of Pitt's Aaron Donald.

"But I'm not so sure Aaron Donald does not end up being the better pro when it is all said and done," Jeremiah added. "Because he is so dynamic and so electric as an interior rusher." Charles Davis notes it likely comes down to fit and scheme, which can be said about almost every situation. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Donald as the No. 12 prospect in this class, far ahead of Jernigan, and believes the latter fits best as a 1 technique nose.
Wed, Mar 19, 2014 11:40:00 AM

Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan ran 4.93 and 5.09 second 40-yard dashes at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay, who recently ranked Jernigan No. 5 overall, sees a classic three technique who can "get into opposing backfields and wreak havoc with his very good first-step quickness and range versus the run." Others see an undersized, but hugely disruptive nose tackle in a 4-3 scheme. The 6-foot-2, 292-pound Jernigan will slot into the middle of the first round in May, with the Bears (No. 14) and Cowboys (16) as potential landing spots.
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 08:01:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock urged the Bears to take Florida State's Timmy Jernigan with the No. 14 pick if he's still available.

"The defensive tackles are kind of a mixed back," Mayock said. "My top two guys, (Louis) Nix and (Tim) Jernigan, couldn't be more different. I think Jernigan can step in and be special early. ... If he's sitting there when the Bears are on the board at No. 14, I think you sprint to the podium." Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay recently ranked Jernigan No. 5 overall.
Source: NFL
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 07:39:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay continues to move Florida State's Timmy Jernigan up his board, this time placing the DT at No. 5 overall.

"Jernigan is a very disruptive player, a classic 3-technique defensive tackle who can get into opposing backfields and wreak havoc with his very good first-step quickness and range versus the run," McShay writes. The next interior defensive lineman on McShay's board does not appear until No. 15, which is Stephon Tuitt from Notre Dame. Tuitt's teammate, Louis Nix, checks in at No. 17.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Feb 7, 2014 11:26:00 AM

Former NFL scout Bryan Broaddus suggested South Carolina edge player Jadeveon Clowney, FSU DT Timmy Jernigan and Pitt DT Aaron Donald as options for the Cowboys.

Broaddus points out that scheme is an important part of the evaluation process, and these three would fit what the team wants to accomplish. The common thread between the trio: upfield disruption. Obviously Clowney will not be available at pick No. 17, but Jernigan and Donald are possibilities. Defensive linemen could be the Cowboys' early target.
Tue, Feb 4, 2014 10:55:00 AM

Florida State junior DT Timmy Jernigan received the school's highest grade in the BCS National Championship, according to to Pro Football Focus' scale.

Jernigan posted a whopping +5.9 grade on 63 snaps, +5.8 of which came on positive run defense. He dominated center Reese Dismukes and guard Chad Slade, extending his arms to obtain backfield vision and shed at the line of scrimmage to make the tackle. Auburn defensive end Dee Ford posted the highest overall grade, +6.8, with +6.3 coming as a pass rusher. Check out the chart linked below. It is worth your time.
Fri, Jan 10, 2014 10:23:00 AM

FSU junior DT Timmy Jernigan has declared for the 2014 NFL Draft.

Jernigan put forward an outstanding performance in the school's National Championship win, however, some might focus on his fatigue at the end of the game. There aren't a large number of interior defensive line prospects at the top of the draft, but we doubt Jernigan can eclipse the top 20 selections.
Thu, Jan 9, 2014 12:24:00 PM

Florida State junior DT Timmy Jernigan and junior RG Tre' Jackson are likely to declare for the draft, according to Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin.

Jernigan's decision was expected, but Jackson is a bit of a surprise. Jernigan had a great BCS Championship game, extending his arms and keeping Auburn offensive linemen near thr line of scrimmage before shedding to make a play. He is a bit of a splash player, so the defensive tackle's consistency could be questioned.
Wed, Jan 8, 2014 09:50:00 AM