NEW YORK -- Before the 2013 season, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan only had accumulated two starts in his career at Florida State. Still, he was impressive enough during his junior season in college for him to be considered a possible first-round pick.
That, however, wasn't the case as the Ravens waited until the No. 48 overall pick in the second round of the NFL draft to draft Jernigan.
Jernigan was a first-team All-ACC player last year to go with 63 tackles and 4.5 sacks, and he was a big part of the defense that helped lead the Seminoles to the BCS title.
From Pete Prisco.
There is great value in getting Jernigan for the Ravens. He had first-round talent. GRADE: B+ http://t.co/KPxAyHqyNs— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) May 10, 2014
But there are concerns. Some scouts believe Jernigan disappeared in the BCS title game against Auburn, and Jernigan failed a drug test at the combine. Apparently it was due to a diluted sample, and his agent was aggressive in saying that Jernigan has hydration issues.
Either way, Jernigan was kept out of the first round. Now, though, Jernigan gets the chance to prove he was good enough to have been picked there in the first place.
Timmy Jernigan said he was surprised the #Ravens the took him. Said he was waiting for one team to give him a chance.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) May 10, 2014