In order to familiarize fans with some of the top names in the 2014 NFL Draft, Chargers.com will be highlighting a different prospect each weekday leading up to the first day of the draft on May 8th.
We continue the series with a scouting report of Florida State’s Timmy Jernigan.
Name: Timmy Jernigan
School: Florida State
Weight: 299 pounds
Position: Defensive Tackle
Timmy Jernigan didn’t start until his junior year in 2013. For his first two seasons at Florida State, he was stuck on the depth chart behind future high picks Bjoern Werner, “Tank” Carradine and Brandon Jenkins. But when the opportunity for even more playing time presented itself, Jernigan took the bull by the horns resulting in being one of the top defensive tackle prospects in this year’s draft.
A defensive anchor for the BCS National Champions, the 6-2, 299-pounder posted career-highs with 63 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks despite facing double-teams on nearly every single snap. As a result, he was named a Second Team All-American and First Team All-ACC selection. Jernigan also rose to the occasion during the most important games, tallying a career-high 10 tackles in the ACC Championship game over Duke. He followed that up with a nearly identical nine-tackle effort in the BCS Championship victory over Auburn. Overall, he finished his three-year Seminole career with 138 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks.
Jernigan projects as a prototypical run stuffing 3-4 nose tackle that’s incredibly disruptive in the backfield. He can both gobble up multiple linemen to allow blitzing linebackers a lane to burst through, as well as shred those same blockers to make the play himself. He is described as having violent hands with tremendous upper body strength. Jernigan can also rush the passer and is a good athlete for a man his size.
One area multiple analysts claim he must improve is his initial get-off when the ball is snapped. Nonetheless, Jernigan is a terror in the trenches who will be a valuable asset plugging up the middle.
40-yard Dash: 5.06
Bench Press: 27 reps
Vertical Jump: 29.5 inches
Broad Jump: 102.0 inches
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