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

Ryan LownesFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2014

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 01:  Timmy Jernigan #8 of the Florida State Seminoles reacts after a sack against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the 2012 ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium on December 1, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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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
HeightWeightArmHand
6'1 5/8"29831 5/8"9 5/8"
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Combine Workout
40-yd dash10-yd splitVertBroad3-ConeBench
5.061.7229.5"8'6"DNP27
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Positives

  • 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.

 

Negatives

  • 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
YearTeamTacklesTFLSacksFFPD
2011Florida State306.02.500
2012Florida State468.01.500
2013Florida State6311.04.501
http://www.seminoles.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/timmy_jernigan_763590.html

 

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

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Overall

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