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Cowboys keeping Jernigan on board

5/6/2014

According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys are keeping Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan on their draft board, at least for now, despite a positive drug test because of a diluted urine sample.

Fox Sports reported that Jernigan tested positive at the scouting combine in February along with several other players, including LSU defensive tackle Anthony Johnson and Florida State linebackers Telvin Smith and Christian Jones.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter confirmed that LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger also tested positive for a diluted urine sample.

Normally, the Cowboys will take a player off their draft board for a positive drug test.

Jernigan is projected to be drafted in the low first round through the middle-to-high second round. He was one of 30 prospects to visit Valley Ranch as part of the Cowboys’ allotment of national visits.

The Cowboys like his ability to take on double-teams and pressure the pocket, but with new defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, the team doesn’t put a high regard on 1-technique players.

Last month, in a radio interview on 105.3 The Fan Dallas/Fort Worth, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Jernigan is a great football player, but “if a player’s ceiling may be a 1-technique, it may be hard for him to make our first round."

Jernigan’s agent, Sunny Shah, didn’t return a call seeking comment on Jernigan’s failed test.