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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