Hogs Haven Draft Profiles: Timmy Jernigan, DL

Streeter Lecka

Hogs Haven takes a look at NFL prospects heading into the 2014 NFL Draft.

Timmy Jernigan

Defensive Lineman

Height: 6'2", Weight: 296 lbs

Florida State

Strengths: Jernigan is a very strong defensive lineman who excels against the run. He's especially quick and athletic and moves pretty well for someone his size. He's most known for two things, his strength and great hands. Those two things combined with his good footwork help him to collapse gaps and bully blockers. He's also strong enough and has enough size to anchor against double teams.

Jernigan's excellent quickness helps him to penetrate and disrupt the run game behind the LoS. He plays with excellent leverage. Often winning the leverage battle, along with those violent hands, makes Jernigan extremely difficult to engage. Another added benefit to drafting Timmy is his age. He'll be a 21-year-old rookie.

Weaknesses: Explosion/snap anticipation. His first step is average at best and Jernigan is too frequently the last linemen to move after the snap. He also lacks ideal height and arm length, and if engaged by bigger, longer blockers, he can get overpowered/neutralized. He could work on his stamina, too.

Bottom Line: A little undersized, but incredibly strong, Jernigan is an excellent run-stopper who has the ability to anchor against double teams. He can play 3-4 NT, 3-4 DE, and 4-3 DT. Of particular benefit to the 'Skins is the fact that FSU switched to a 3-4 this past season and Jernigan played NT all year long. He's gap disciplined and accepts his role well. Again, two things that stand out, strength and hands.

Player Comparison: Brodrick Bunkley

Notable: 2014 - BCS National Champion. 2013 - ACC Champion, First-team All-American, and Second-team All-ACC. 2011 - FWAA Freshman All-American. 2010 - USA Today High School All-American.

Projected Round: 1

Team(s) He Fits Best On: Jaguars, Bears, Cowboys, or Seahawks

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