Ravens pick Timmy Jernigan in 2nd
May, 9, 2014
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The pick: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
My take: The Ravens once again went for value over need, taking the fourth-best defensive tackle in the draft (according to ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.). This adds to the depth on the defensive line, where the Ravens lost Arthur Jones in free agency. Jernigan can clog up the middle and absorb double-teams, which is surprising given he's slightly undersized. Jernigan is just stout and uses that to anchor the middle. He is also a smart, disruptive run defender. Jernigan made nine tackles in the national championship game despite battling illness.
Disputed drug test: Jernigan was considered a first-round pick before he reportedly had a positive drug test at the NFL combine because of a diluted sample. Jernigan's agent later said there were “hydration issues” that caused his irregular drug test result. Jernigan was scheduled to be in New York for the first round of the draft, but he decided not to attend the event.
What's next: The Ravens have two picks in the third round. Their most pressing needs remain offensive line and safety. But the Ravens also could address wide receiver, tight end and running back in this round as well.