Monday, April 4, 2011
Small-school WR could fit in San Diego
By Bill Williamson
Here’s a name to tuck away, San Diego Chargers’ fans: Jerrel Jernigan.
The Troy receiver/returner could be a Chargers' target with one of their two second-round picks. Jernigan has been rising up many draft boards. He is expected to visit San Diego this week. Atlanta is also interested in Jernigan.
Jernigan, who has been compared to Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson and Carolina’s Steve Smith, has blazing speed and is projected to be a quality slot receiver and quality return man. He could fill multiple roles with San Diego.
The Chargers have several big receivers. At 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, Jernigan would be an excellent speed target for quarterback Philip Rivers in the slot. If the Chargers don’t bring back high-priced, free-agent return man Darren Sproles, Jernigan could fill that role. The Chargers have dabbled some with the Wildcat formation. Jernigan was also effective as a Wildcat quarterback in college.
Jernigan had 84 catches in 2010. He played well against big-school competition, which is important for a skill-position player from a small school.