30 for 29: This is the fifteenth in a daily series of looks at 30 prospects the Patriots may consider selecting with the 29th overall pick at the 2014 NFL Draft.
Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
6-2, 299 pounds, 9/24/92
2013: 63 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks
2012: 45 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks
2011: 30 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks
A native of Lake City, Florida and the No. 2 ranked defensive lineman coming out of high school by Rivals.com. Played all 13 games as a true freshman at FSU and was named to a Freshman All-American. Was a second-team All-American for the BCS National Champion Seminoles. Had a torn meniscus in 2012. Ran a 5-flat 40.
TO THE GOOD
Extreme power for the modest size he brings when deployed as a 1 or 3-technique DT. Fast hands, quick feet, plays with first-step explosiveness and is a very good wrap tackler who can seek the ball and not just wander around being fast and big.
TO THE BAD
While he was able to stand up to the heat inside at the collegiate level and flourish, he is 20 to 50 pounds lighter than some of the league’s best DTs (like Wilfork and Tommy Kelly). Can he operate at his current size (or close to it) or will he need to gain weight? And if he does gain, will that undermine his stamina and athleticism? Split time at DT in a rotation for first two seasons before the junior year breakout.
Probably a little on the small side for the Patriots purposes. New England has, in general, been a team that likes its defensive linemen to have two-gap ability which means they must take on and stand blockers, find the ball carrier and drive to that side. Jernigan is probably better served being in a penetrating scheme.
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