The Baltimore Ravens made their second-round selection on Friday night, taking Timmy Jernigan out of Florida State. In the coming month, there will be plenty of coverage of the newest member of the Ravens. But in the meantime, here are five things to know about the new defensive tackle.
1. Freshman talent: Played in 13 games as a true freshman in 2011 and finished the season leading all interior linemen with 30 tackles, six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He was later named a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America.
2. Sick skills: Timmy Jernigan was ill during the National Championship Game, yet still performed well enough to finish with nine tackles.
3. Combine trouble: Jernigan was initially projected as a first round selection, after testing positive on a drug test at the NFL combine his draft stock sharply fell. His agent Sunny Shah said the problem was caused by pushing fluids to avoid dehydration problems the defensive lineman had during the national championship game.
4. Prep success: Jernigan was named an All-American player while at Columbia High School in Lake City, Florida. Lake City has produced 13 NFL players, including Jernigan.
5. Family prodigy: His father is a legend around Lake City, Florida and despite being an All-American in high school, Jernigan still didn’t match his fathers defensive statistics.
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