Cowboys DT: Drafting Timmy Jernigan with First Pick

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Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Florida State Seminoles nose tackle Timmy Jernigan speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

The future is now.

The departure of DeMarcus Ware, Jason Hatcher, and Anthony Spencer accelerates this fact: The Dallas Cowboys need help on defense — especially at the front four.

For Dallas to get out the “last ranked” defense tag, they will look to bring in players who can start and give immediately.

The Cowboys have patched holes by signing rotational players in Terrell McClain (DT), and Jeremy Mincey (DE).

Adding depth is great. But the Cowboys need fire power. Now.

Enter defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan.

Profile: Timmy Jernigan | Height 6’2″ | Weight 299 | Age 21

The disruptive, 4-3 defensive tackle from Florida State, registered 63 tackles and 4.5 sacks. Jernigan was part of a team that finished 3rd overall in defense, and 1st against the pass.

The 2013 Cowboys cannot say the same. Not even close.

Jernigan is expected to go in the first round, and contribute on day one. He has all the traits that defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli loves. He is athletic, hard-working, versatile, and is smart between the playbook sheets.

The Lake City, Florida native turned down LSU, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama.

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  • Chad

    The Herring deal never got done.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Donald before Jernigan. No one should mimic Suh. To many penalties, out of control, dirty player.

    • kameleon_o

      I agree. I know Donald is on the shorter side but he’s a real playmaker that I believe gives 100% on every play. Also, from what I’ve been hearing the Cowboys view Jernigan as a 1 technique. They won’t draft that in the first round as we saw with Floyd last year. There are some good 1 technique prospects later on in the draft.

  • Old Frog

    After comparing those combine numbers to Hatcher and Ratliff, I say pass in the first round.

  • BradAustin

    I’ve seen this guy neutralized and wiped out at the line so many times on film the last few weeks. Comes off the ball slow often, and even has a bad stance that creates a catching feel to when he comes into first contact with offensive linemen. Has trouble shedding blocks as well. Every now and then he flashes a very solid play, which looks to me like he’s taking plays off then unloads when rested. Dallas needs a guy with a constant high motor and intensity, always attacking. Donald and Jernigan much better fits.

    • Alex Darden

      I’ve been saying the same thing on these boards for a couple weeks now. As strong and as stout as he may be I don’t see 1st round talent with him at all. Like you said, if you watch his tape he is almost always last off the line. Than you watch Donald and its unbelievable to me that these two guys are considered even.

  • Old Frog

    6 weeks until the draft. What’s the over/under on how many more articles these guys can write about our 1st round pick and limited FA activity?

    • Alex Darden

      20 sounds like a good # to throw out there. I’ll take the over