Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State (HT: 6’1⅝”, WT: 298 lbs)
Second Round: 48th Pick
NFL Comparison: Glenn Dorsey, DT, San Francisco 49ers
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- 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.
- Second-team All-American 2013
- Second-team All-ACC 2013
- MCL injury cost him several weeks of spring practice in 2012
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