Timmy Jernigan NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Ravens DT

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Timmy Jernigan NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Ravens DT
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Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State (HT: 6’1⅝”, WT: 298 lbs)

Baltimore Ravens

Second Round: 48th Pick 

NFL Comparison: Glenn Dorsey, DT, San Francisco 49ers

Combine Weigh-in
Height Weight Arm Hand
6'1 5/8" 298 31 5/8" 9 5/8"


Combine Workout
40-yd dash 10-yd split Vert Broad 3-Cone Bench
5.06 1.72 29.5" 8'6" DNP 27



  • Flashes very strong, active hands. Rips and sheds blockers, often tossing them aside. Can beat his man quickly and make plays behind the line of scrimmage.
  • Excellent balance; naturally he possesses a low center of gravity and is rarely seen off his feet.
  • Heavy-handed and powerful. He can disrupt the interior by getting his hands under his opponents' pads and driving them into the backfield.
  • Fairly athletic, displaying some quickness and good lateral agility for a player his size. Changes direction well.
  • Has a powerful, compact build with a muscular upper body and thick lower half.
  • Utilizes quick hands to keep his body clean. Stacks and sheds, demonstrating the ability to string running plays out to the sideline and beat multiple blockers.
  • Appears to have a good motor and is usually committed in pursuit, chasing the ball-carrier downfield or to the sideline.
  • Shows a swim move, clubbing his opponent and moving his feet. Coordinates his upper and lower body.
  • Is a good pass-rusher, capable of winning one-on-one battles and shooting gaps. At his best when he is free to penetrate. Capable of disrupting in a variety of ways, slanting or stunting.
  • Displays decent closing speed and some natural explosiveness.
  • Confident, energetic player who competes with a swagger.
  • May have been miscast in college, playing primarily between the guard and center or over center. Could have more NFL upside as a 3-tech.
  • Made a tremendous impact for the national champions. Played a great deal of snaps and finished third on the team in tackles and first in tackles for loss.
  • Durable throughout his college career, not missing any games due to injury.


  • Is inconsistent off the snap and often late off the ball. Gives up ground early in the run game as poor snap anticipation makes it difficult to win the leverage battle.
  • Lacks the length some teams will desire, is fairly short and his arms measure only 31 5/8”.
  • Occasionally washed out of run plays entirely, failing to anchor consistently. Not particularly effective when playing directly over the center and is run at.
  • Generally is very average against the run. Often at fault when the Seminoles were gashed in the middle.
  • Size and playing style will limit his fits at the next level. He will have a difficult time fitting in any 3-4 schemes and could be viewed exclusively by teams with a base four-man front.
  • It may sometimes be due to his role in the scheme, but he appears overly tentative at times.
  • Struggles to hold up against double-teams; is occasionally turned around.
  • Only served as a starter for one year in college, though he saw extensive playing time in each of his three seasons.

Collegiate Statistics
Year Team Tackles TFL Sacks FF PD
2011 Florida State 30 6.0 2.5 0 0
2012 Florida State 46 8.0 1.5 0 0
2013 Florida State 63 11.0 4.5 0 1


Personal Notes

  • Second-team All-American 2013
  • Second-team All-ACC 2013
  • MCL injury cost him several weeks of spring practice in 2012 

Ratings Chart



An integral member of the national champion Seminoles, Jernigan garnered second-team All-American honors for his role in the middle of the defense. Equipped with heavy hands, excellent balance, and a good motor, he proved to be a handful for opponents in his breakout junior season.

A lack of ideal size and average run defense could limit his role at the next level, however, as he is most likely to be coveted by teams that employ a 4-3 scheme.

Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round

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