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2015 NFL DRAFT

Timmy Jernigan, DT

School: Florida State  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Lake City, FL
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 299 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
3131-2
Player News
05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: BALTIMORE RAVENS: Round 2/48 -- Timmy Jernigan, NT, 6-2, 300, Florida State...Disruptive inside, Jernigan fell due to concerns about a diluted drug specimen. The Ravens checked into it and felt comfortable enough to draft Jernigan. He provides a stout presence. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - The Ravens landed one of the top defensive linemen in the draft Friday night, acquiring Timmy Jernigan when the Florida State defensive tackle plummeted out of the first round largely due to NFL teams' concerns about a diluted drug specimen. The Ravens selected Jernigan in the second round with the 48th overall selection before picking Florida State free safety Terrence Brooks in the third round. They picked Colorado State tight end Crockett Gilmore with their second third-round draft pick. Jernigan was initially projected as a first-round draft pick, but dropped significantly after the news surfaced that he had produced a diluted drug specimen at the NFL scouting combine in February. Jernigan and his agent both attributed the drug test result to hydration issues, denying that the consensus All-America had tested positive for any banned substances. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Jernigan was emphatic in dismissing initial reports that he had failed a drug test. Under its drug testing program, though, the NFL treats diluted samples as the equivalent of a positive drug test. "It wasn't a positive drug test, the sample was diluted," Jernigan said during a conference call with Baltimore reporters. "I was losing weight very fast, and it was causing me to cramp. My nutritionist wanted me to start drinking a lot more water. She would have to put salt in my Gatorade to keep me from cramping. I had to go see another doctor in Jacksonville and she had to do an IV on me the week leading up to the combine. "I feel like that was the reason for the diluted test. When I got the information from the NFL saying that I had a diluted test, I reached out to the doctor. I never got a response back from anyone, just trying to figure out what was going on and if something was found in my urine test, what was it? I never got any answers. Then, all of this madness just starts. Man, it's just crazy." - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 2/48 - Timmy Jernigan, NT, 6-2, 300, Florida State...Disruptive inside, Jernigan fell due to concerns about a diluted drug specimen. The Ravens checked into it and felt comfortable enough to draft Jernigan. He provides a stout presence. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 31/3. *Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State, 6-2, 299, 5.06, 1...Oft-used reserve started only two games before 2013, then he finally received the chance to show he can consistently use his bullish strength to take on double teams and be disruptive inside. Jernigan has violent, active hands and does a good job with the usual moves (rip, swim), but has short arms (31 5/8) and must learn to disengage more quickly to avoid being detained by NFL linemen with, ah, good hands. Frankly: Relentless pest will be an immediate, in-your-face troublemaker for blockers and a sure contributor to the team fortunate enough to grab him in the first round. Must improve stamina. Player and agent declined comment on report Jernigan tested positive for a banned substance at the combine. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

05/07/2014 - Mettenberger, Jernigan among combine red flags...Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger were among more than 10 prospects who were red flagged to NFL teams as having failed drug tests at the Scouting Combine for either testing positive for a banned substance or having a diluted urine sample, according to FOX Sports. Jernigan is the No. 24 overall prospect and No. 3-rated defensive tackle in the 2014 class by NFLDraftScout.com, and is projected as a first-round pick. He's viewed as a rare athlete for his size who can shed blocks and penetrate the backfield. Jernigan's agent, Sunny Shah, declined comment when contacted by FOX Sports.

Mettenberger is projected as a third- to fourth-round pick. His agent, Joe Linta, confirmed that Mettenberger was found to have a diluted sample, but that it was due to treatment for cramping. Linta provided a letter from a doctor at the time that outlined the course of treatment. "The kid didn't do anything wrong," Linta said. "He was doing what the doctor told him to do." Earlier Monday, Miami offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson was identified as having tested positive for marijuana at the combine. LSU defensive tackle Anthony Johnson and Florida State linebackers Telvin Smith and Christian Jones were other players identified in the FOX Sports report. Players who tested positive at the combine would be subject to the league's drug program. - The Sports Xchange

05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 41. Timmy Jernigan DT, Florida State (6-2, 299, 5.06, JR)...Jernigan is a flexible, bendy athlete for an interior lineman who is a tough guy to slow down when he wins off the snap. He needs to improve his hand use to shed and combat blockers, but when all the cylinders are firing, Jernigan can be tough to handle. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/26/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: NFL flocks to Florida State workout...Loaded with talent coming off their BCS national title, the Florida State Seminoles held their pro day on Tuesday with representatives from all 32 NFL teams on hand. Many of the top-rated Seminoles elected to stand on their 40-yard dash times from the Scouting Combine last month. The list included wideout Kelvin Benjamin, running back Devonta Freeman, safety Terrence Brooks, defensive back Lamarcus Joyner and linebackers Telvin Smith and Christian Jones.

With less than stellar 40 times at the combine, some scouts were surprised that Benjamin (4.61) and Joyner (4.55), in particular, elected not to attempt to improve upon their numbers Tuesday. Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan did run, clocking in at 5.03 seconds, a league source on hand for the workout told NFLDraftScout.com. Jernigan was clocked at 5.06 at the combine. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 23. *Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State, 6-2, 298, 4.98, 1...Oft-used reserve started only two games before 2013, when he got more opportunity to show he can use his bullish strength to take on double teams and be disruptive inside. Jernigan must improve at shedding blockers to make an impact in the NFL. He works hard to learn the game. Maturity was questioned after making some questionable remarks on Twitter. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

01/09/2014 - Seminoles DT Jernigan to enter 2014 NFL Draft...A key one finally got away from the Florida State Seminoles. Timmy Jernigan, the No. 3-rated defensive tackle in the nation by NFLDraftScout.com and the No. 39 prospect overall, will forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. He is currently rated No. 37 on Rob Rang's Big Board. Jernigan, 6-feet-2 and 298 pounds, is projected to be a late-first or early-second round pick. While Jernigan is still developing his technique and appeared to be winded during the second half of Monday night's BCS title game, he is also exceptionally light on his feet for his size. He shows "smooth hips and fluid lateral range to work up and down the line of scrimmage," NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler wrote in evaluating Jernigan. "He does a nice job using his hands and footwork to sidestep blockers and collapse gaps, and has active hands and the upper-body strength to bully blockers. Jernigan also shows improved ball awareness and can anchor against multiple blocks.

Jernigan was a full-time starter for the first time in 2013, finishing with 63 tackles and 4.5 sacks to earn second-team Associated Press All-America honors. "Timmy was one of the leaders on our defense and a big part of our success these past three seasons," Fisher said. "He was one of the most dominant defensive lineman I?ve been around in all my years coaching. Not only was he a dynamic football player, but he was also a great person. We expect Timmy to be very successful at the next level and we wish him the best." - The Sports Xchange

01/09/2014 - Seminoles DT Jernigan to enter 2014 NFL Draft...Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft, ESPN.com reported. Jernigan led Florida State with 11 tackles for loss in 2013 and he was regarded as a strong run stuffer up the middle. Jernigan is projected as a first- or second-round selection in this year's NFL Draft and is rated as the 26th overall player and the No. 3 defensive tackle by NFLDraftScout.com. "I feel I am the most versatile defensive lineman in the draft," Jernigan told ESPN's Joe Schad. "Some team will get an athletic, hard-working lineman who attacks, plays smart and doesn't come off the field."

Jernigan, in his first year as a full-time starter, was a key part of FSU's defense in Monday's BCS National Championship game, helping the Seminoles to rally in the second half for a 34-31 win. Jernigan finished this season with 63 tackles, including 4 1/2 sacks and was a second-team AP All-America. FSU junior running back James Wilder Jr. has also declared for the draft, while receiver Rashad Greene and offensive linemen Tre Jackson and Cameron Erving announced they would return for 2014. - The Sports Xchange

01/07/2014 - Jernigan (FSU), Ford (Auburn) star in BCS Championship...For much of the evening, the old adage that offense wins games but defense wins championships was never more appropriate than in Monday night's BCS Championship game. While the hype surrounding the final bowl game of the BCS era focused will no doubt dwell on flashy skill position players like Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and fellow finalist Tre Mason, it was eye-popping performances from teammates on the defensive side of the ball that could have NFL scouts adjusting their rankings. Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan was a one-man wrecking crew in the middle for the victorious Seminoles, using his great strength and terrific quickness to make several tackles on his own and creating easy opportunities for his teammates. Jernigan ranks sixth among defensive tackles on NFLDraftScout.com's board.

At 6-foot-2, 298 pounds, Jernigan projects best as a three-technique defensive tackle in the 4-3 alignment. His quickness and strength could be utilized at nose guard but too often he is knocked off the line of scrimmage when he tires. He was substituted often against Auburn and appeared to be struggling with cramps as the game wore on. He was all smiles after the game, however, and could have a tough decision ahead of him as the junior could earn a selection in the first round should he elect to leave early for the NFL.

Fourth-quarter dynamics from Winston and Mason (among others) stole back the spotlight but for much of the game it was Jernigan and Ford who were early contenders for MVP honors. In the minds of NFL scouts watching, each "undersized" defender showed the ability to match up against physical competition on the big stage. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/06/2014 - Scouting the run defenses: Florida State's first-team defense, which usually was resting by halftime during most of the Seminoles' blowout wins, has only allowed one 100-yard rusher this season, Andre Williams of Boston College. The run defense, which is ranked 14th in the country at 116 yards per game, has allowed the fewest number of rushing touchdowns of any team in the nation, five. As for Auburn, the Tigers might have the country's best rushing attack, but it's not so hot at stopping the run, especially of late. Auburn, which has the FBS' 64th-ranked rush defense and gives up an average of 161 yards a game, has surrendered almost 500 yards on the ground in its last two games against Alabama and Missouri. - The Sports Xchange

12/13/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DT-Timmy Jernigan, Jr., Florida State (33)...Has been selected First Team All-ACC for the 2013 college football season by the ACC Coaches. - Florida State football

12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State, 6-2, 294, Jr., Lake City, Fla. (124)...Has been selected Second Team All-ACC for the 2013 college football season by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). - Florida State football

09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 22. Timmy Jernigan*, DT, Florida State (6-2, 298): Losing productive pass-rushers Bjoern Werner, Cornelius Carradine and Brandon Jenkins to the NFL is certainly going to hurt the Seminoles, but Jernigan's explosive hands make him a terror up the middle. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/31/2013 - ROB RANG'S 08/30/13 BIG BOARD: 22. DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State (6-2, 298, 4.98)* -- Losing productive pass-rushers Bjoern Werner, Cornelius Carradine and Brandon Jenkins to the NFL is certainly going to hurt the Seminoles, but Jernigan's explosive hands make him a terror up the middle. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/09/2013 - TOP FLORIDA STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. DT Timmy Jernigan (6-2, 298, 4.98)*...Although he has been mostly a reserve over his first two seasons at Florida State (only two career starts), Jernigan is one of the most talented players on the roster. He stays light on his feet with good movement skills for a 300-pounder, showing smooth hips and fluid lateral range to work up and down the line of scrimmage. Jernigan does a nice job using his hands and footwork to sidestep blockers and collapse gaps, but he needs to improve his snap anticipation and is too often the last lineman to move off the ball.

He has active hands and the upper-body strength to bully blockers, but he's still developing his technique and figuring out how to properly use his limbs. Jernigan also shows improved ball awareness and can anchor against multiple blocks. While Notre Dame DT Louis Nix is our No. 1 underclassman interior defender, Jernigan isn't too far behind and flashes first-round potential. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/25/2013 - 2013 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON TEAM (MEDIA): DT Timmy Jernigan, FSU, (34), Jr., Lake City, Fla.,...Started two games and played in 13 games...ranked fourth on FSU in tackles for loss with eight...one of the leading tacklers on the team with 46. Top Four in Voting By Position: Defensive Tackle: 1. Nikita Whitlock, WF (35)...2. Timmy Jernigan, FSU (34)...3. Aaron Donald, PITT (32)...4. Derrick Hopkins, VT (7). - Florida State football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Timmy Jernigan, Florida State, DL...Jernigan is the only one of the 'Noles trio that isn't a returning full-time starter but that doesn't mean he didn't play starter's snaps in 2012. Playing on a deep and talented defensive line as a sophomore, Jernigan still registered eight tackles for loss and 46 total tackles. Jernigan is widely considered one of the top returning defensive tackles in the nation. - Florida State football

07/17/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State...Jernigan is the only one of the 'Noles trio that isn't a returning full-time starter but that doesn't mean he didn't play starter's snaps in 2012. Playing on a deep and talented defensive line as a sophomore, Jernigan still registered eight tackles for loss and 46 total tackles. Jernigan is widely considered one of the top returning defensive tackles in the nation. - Florida State football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State...Jernigan is the only one of the 'Noles trio that isn't a returning full-time starter but that doesn't mean he didn't play starter's snaps in 2012. Playing on a deep and talented defensive line as a sophomore, Jernigan still registered eight tackles for loss and 46 total tackles. Jernigan is widely considered one of the top returning defensive tackles in the nation. - Florida State football

07/17/2013 - 2013 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST: Timmy Jernigan, Florida State, DT...Jernigan is the only one of the 'Noles trio that isn't a returning full-time starter but that doesn't mean he didn't play starter's snaps in 2012. Playing on a deep and talented defensive line as a sophomore, Jernigan still registered eight tackles for loss and 46 total tackles. Jernigan is widely considered one of the top returning defensive tackles in the nation. - Florida State football

 
Player News
05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: BALTIMORE RAVENS: Round 2/48 -- Timmy Jernigan, NT, 6-2, 300, Florida State...Disruptive inside, Jernigan fell due to concerns about a diluted drug specimen. The Ravens checked into it and felt comfortable enough to draft Jernigan. He provides a stout presence. - The Sports Xchange
 

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