Jerrel Jernigan can rip off the top of defenses with the best of them in this draft, and will really help the New York Giants stretch secondaries at pick No. 83. The Troy wide receiver's 4.46 40-yard dash time struck delight into the minds of scouts after four years of terror for opposing safeties.
Jernigan tallied 84 receptions, 822 yards and six touchdowns in his senior campaign, and can contribute to the return game at the NFL level. At 5'8", 185 lbs., he struggles with press coverage but could prove dangerous out of the slot. Not a man of alligator arms, says the USA Today NFL Draft Preview special edition.
Jernigan reaches out to make the catch and then can quickly bring the ball into his body. He's able to hold on to the ball after taking a big hit. He shows inconsistent route-running, which will be an area to work on in the NFL. He has good lateral agility and has a burst and surprising power for a player his size.
When Giants receivers Steve Smith, Ramses Barden, Victor Cruz and Domenik Hixon all landed on injured reserve and top target Hakeem Nicks missed three weeks with compartment syndrome, it left many to wonder if Eli Manning had perhaps built a new steakhouse on an Indian burial ground. New York is loaded with talented pass-catchers, but it doesn't matter when they're in sweatpants. Giants coach Tom Coughlin rose through the ranks as a wide receivers coach, and can work wonders at the position.