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Report: Timmy Jernigan had a diluted sample at the Scouting Combine


Timmy Jernigan of Florida State, one of the top defensive tackles in this year’s NFL draft, tested positive for a diluted urine sample when submitting to drug testing at the Scouting Combine, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports.

Jernigan is coming off a very good 2013 season in which he was one of Florida State’s top defensive players during their march to the national championship. He has first-round talent.

But this news could affect Jernigan’s draft stock. Jernigan was initially slated to attend the draft, but last week the NFL announced that Jernigan would not attend.

Glazer reports that other players who were on a list given to NFL teams as having failed Combine drug tests in February were LSU defensive tackle Anthony Johnson, University of Miami tackle Seantrel Henderson and Florida State linebackers Telvin Smith and Christian Jones. As we previously reported, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger submitted a diluted urine sample, which he attributes to drinking a lot of water to combat dehydration while rehabbing a torn ACL.

UPDATE 8:11 p.m. ET: FOX Sports initially reported that Jernigan had a failed test but later updated that report to say that Jernigan had a diluted sample.

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67 Responses to “Report: Timmy Jernigan had a diluted sample at the Scouting Combine”
  1. dude1988 says: May 5, 2014 6:26 PM


  2. bennyb82 says: May 5, 2014 6:26 PM


  3. rgiii2dc says: May 5, 2014 6:27 PM

    Big hit. Could see him dropping from mid to late first to conceivably the fourth round.


  4. jimnaizeeum says: May 5, 2014 6:28 PM

    Timmy did not choose wisely

  5. deacon75 says: May 5, 2014 6:30 PM

    Is this the Warren Sapp tag that will make Jernigan fall just like Sapp did ?

  6. grabgrabgrab says: May 5, 2014 6:31 PM

    With the 29th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the New England Patriot select, Timmy Jernigan, DT, FLA St.

  7. kmgpop says: May 5, 2014 6:32 PM

    Million Dollar potential… 10 cent brain!

  8. thegreatgabbert says: May 5, 2014 6:32 PM

    Man on the street gave Timmy something that would allow him to throw away his crutch. It worked like a miracle.

  9. bcgreg says: May 5, 2014 6:32 PM

    Timmy Jernigan be slidin’ to the 7th round where the Pats will draft him!

  10. 700levelvet says: May 5, 2014 6:32 PM

    Hell … Just cancel the draft and make it a free for all…

  11. kingokra says: May 5, 2014 6:32 PM

    All you’ve got to do is lay off the hippie lettuce for just a little while and the world is your oyster. You can’t fix stupid.

  12. GenXJay says: May 5, 2014 6:34 PM

    Seahawks desperately seek his services.

  13. oldbyrd says: May 5, 2014 6:34 PM

    Brainless 22 year old

  14. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: May 5, 2014 6:37 PM

    His limited NT skillset with 3-Technique body is what has made him fall. He was a borderline first-rounder before the failed drug test. Now? Still a second round pick.

  15. fubarry says: May 5, 2014 6:37 PM

    Doesn’t matter, he’ll get drafted, he will play well and he will continue to smoke weed.

  16. uglydingo says: May 5, 2014 6:38 PM

    Big difference if he failed because of a performance enhancing drug or because he smoked a joint.
    Either way it shows poor judgement, but his integrity is questioned.
    Some GMs are probably rubbing their hands hoping to get a Draft steal.
    Interesting that this only comes out just a few days before Draft Day.

  17. xinellum says: May 5, 2014 6:39 PM

    All I can say is look at Winston getting a joke suspension for four days for stealing crab legs, the slaps on the wrist Hernandez kept getting for his indiscretions at Florida, the Maryland player, Wes Brown with no penalty for having a loaded handgun in his dorm and you can see how college players have a skewed perception of reality. No doubt Jernigan figures that with his talent that it doesn’t matter he will get picked anyway. And face it, Aldon Smith has done far worse and the 49ers picked up his fifth year option with little pause. No wonder athletes feel as though they are above the legal system and the laws of common sense because if they play well enough, they are. If Jernigan plays well enough and ends up in San Fran or Denver those teams will probably buy the weed for him.

  18. melikefootball says: May 5, 2014 6:42 PM

    No problem he will welcome with open arms.

  19. 32assassin says: May 5, 2014 6:43 PM

    Patriots with the 29th pick???????

    must be the patriot way taking shape, adding MORE CRIMINALS to the criminal organization.

  20. bucsmightbegood says: May 5, 2014 6:44 PM

    He might fall to 31 or 32 overall in the draft.

    Welcome to Denver or Seattle.

  21. f1restarter says: May 5, 2014 6:45 PM

    Sounds like a Vikings pick. There are already so many upstanding citizens on that team. (Hint: That was sarcasm, in case any of you Minnesota public school graduates didn’t pick up on it).

  22. sammadison says: May 5, 2014 6:48 PM

    Everybody does it. Just legalize it already.

  23. khenien says: May 5, 2014 6:48 PM

    Timmah! Timmah!
    NFL Exec – You failed your drug test, your first round potential is out the window.

  24. kwjsb says: May 5, 2014 6:48 PM

    FSU is staying in the news lately

  25. nite2al says: May 5, 2014 6:49 PM

    One team’s trash will be another team’s treasure.

  26. canetic says: May 5, 2014 6:54 PM

    All the players from FSU tested positive? They should have stuck to just stealing crab legs. That doesn’t show up on a drug test.

  27. ravenswhat says: May 5, 2014 6:55 PM

    Well he just cost himself half a mill possibly more. Dumb.

  28. bonerchamp says: May 5, 2014 6:55 PM

    Looks like seafood isn’t the only problem at FSU

  29. bendover09 says: May 5, 2014 6:56 PM

    Good job, jerry.
    The ol’failed drug test experiments seem to work

    I mean, who wants to play for a last place team? Especially, a team with zero spotlight

    Owners do not care about drug reports
    If the player can produce on the field then everything
    Will be forgotten

    Dez Bryant

  30. cmich2006 says: May 5, 2014 6:56 PM

    Sound like a Raven pick

  31. duncanthecat says: May 5, 2014 6:56 PM


  32. taintedsaints2009 says: May 5, 2014 7:10 PM


  33. dezno24 says: May 5, 2014 7:12 PM

    Just dropped to the 2nd round.

  34. cartrasuma says: May 5, 2014 7:13 PM

    Seriously, who cares? Pot is not performance enhancing. See, e.g., the Olympics.

  35. kinggator says: May 5, 2014 7:18 PM

    I’m guessing the “Stoned” Crab is popular with FSU these days.

  36. thefiesty1 says: May 5, 2014 7:22 PM

    It’s all about timing, DOLT. Could have waited to get high until after the draft.

  37. ytownie says: May 5, 2014 7:32 PM

    Its 2014, and these guys come from middle class to poor families. Yet they are willing to blow millions of dollars for a few hits. I and all the working stiffs just don’t get it.

  38. annes22 says: May 5, 2014 7:34 PM

    That’s just stupid. Obviously another dumb idiot coming out of FSU. Maybe he’s a buddy of the “Crab” thief.

  39. gooboy6 says: May 5, 2014 7:43 PM

    2 words – Justin Houston

  40. princeopus says: May 5, 2014 7:50 PM

    anyone testing positive at the combine should be declared inelligible and have to wait another year

  41. notthetroll says: May 5, 2014 7:53 PM

    I hope he’s available in the middle of the 2nd. Tons of things change when you make an NFL team, and, if it was pot, who cares.

  42. flannlv says: May 5, 2014 7:54 PM

    Obviously, these guys aren’t very bright; however, I am concerned about the HIPPA violations that continue to happen. I thought Goodell was going to do something about this type of unauthorized disclosure.

  43. officialgame says: May 5, 2014 8:00 PM

    The dude is just one toke over the line and it cost him millions.

  44. kev86 says: May 5, 2014 8:09 PM

    3rd round steal

  45. SparkyGump says: May 5, 2014 8:13 PM

    I love cannabis as much as anyone but if I had a job interview that could result in my becoming a multimillionaire and all I had to do was put down the vaporizer for a few days, it would be a no brainer for me. But I’m not a coddled, entitled college football star so I guess I can’t relate.

  46. vaughnjoe says: May 5, 2014 8:19 PM

    Was that pot worth falling from the first round in the draft? Serious bonehead move.

  47. bigace73 says: May 5, 2014 8:30 PM

    Welcome to Denver where weed is legal! A friend with weed is a friend indeed!

  48. eaglesnoles05 says: May 5, 2014 8:32 PM

    Seeing him in and out gasping for air on the sidelines all throughout the pivotal 4th quarter in the title game last year is all I needed to see, frankly.

  49. lionshawk says: May 5, 2014 8:39 PM

    All of these guys are from Florida colleges! What’s the deal with that.

  50. lionshawk says: May 5, 2014 8:39 PM

    Well LSU is the Florida of the west.

  51. kansacity88 says: May 5, 2014 8:46 PM

    Dude was probably still dehydrated from that championship game. Did you see how long he was on the sidelines? Seeing him made ME thirsty! I don’t blame him! But hey, they won though!

  52. bbbmf says: May 5, 2014 8:48 PM

    Funny how so many defended Mettenberger’s diluted sample. What’s different?

  53. catfish252 says: May 5, 2014 8:48 PM

    All of them should be declared ineligible for this years draft and supplemental draft should there be one. Let them reapply next year.

  54. metalhead65 says: May 5, 2014 8:50 PM

    nobody cares it was pot he was busted for only that he was STUPID enough to fail a test he knew was coming. he will still make millions just less than if he had waited until after he took the test. it matters in that he showed a complete lack of judgement and common sense that he would risk anything that could impact his future.

  55. catfish252 says: May 5, 2014 8:56 PM

    Mettenberger already had a crappy record – kicked off the Georgia Bulldogs for a sexual assault arrest along with other charges, then he had the gall to say God must have had a different plan for his life after he landed at LSU. The guy is really a piece of trash. Go crawl back under the rock you came from.

  56. jayovalentine says: May 5, 2014 8:58 PM

    Oh well… he’ll still get drafted & still smoke the bud when Seattle drafts him & Michael Sam.

  57. ragnarthemagnificent says: May 5, 2014 9:08 PM

    I get tested for my employment and I’m also a runner. I test too dilute about half the time because I drink so much water . For most guys this means nothing. You can drink a gallon of water the night before and still test too dilute in the morning.

  58. nativeraider says: May 5, 2014 9:53 PM

    Was hoping Raiders would grab Jernigan in the 2nd.

  59. kamthechancellor says: May 5, 2014 9:54 PM

    Please drop to 32. The Seattle jokes will never end anyway. Might as well throw another log on the fire. The kid is a beast.

  60. catfanatic1979v1 says: May 5, 2014 9:58 PM

    He will just play in a pot legal state.

  61. zeke2517 says: May 5, 2014 11:21 PM

    How about we stop looking in people’s pee pee?

  62. fnc111 says: May 5, 2014 11:31 PM

    Addiction is a serious matter. Risking that big NFL money just to do drugs is asinine. Good luck in the CFL Zach Mettendruggie.

  63. donovandancy says: May 5, 2014 11:58 PM

    Wow, you can just tell which posters don’t know what diluted sample means. It has nothing to do with pot.

  64. vikingdoode says: May 6, 2014 12:21 AM

    NFL seriously have to relax on weed is not a performance enhancing drug. iTS BEING DECRIMIALIZED its safer than booze

  65. robgilman says: May 6, 2014 2:03 AM

    just means he drank too much water. re-do the test, simple as that. Dumb to let this guy fall for something so insignifcant

  66. catfish252 says: May 6, 2014 8:24 AM

    Using the common sense he used prior to the combine knowing there would be a drug test, I predict this guy will be broke before he gets out of the NFL. The NFL needs to make players ineligible for this years draft if they bust the drug test.

  67. maltz88 says: May 6, 2014 10:03 AM

    Don’t vilify this guy too much for a diluted sample.

    I personally have had “diluted samples” on 7 or 8 separate occasions for tests at my work (I get tested at least twice a year).

    The reality is I drink at least 3 gallons of water a day, and have for the last 15 years or so.

    After the first couple of tests, I started just taking the initiative and request a blood test along with the urine test. After some difficult conversations with my employer, they now are on the same page, and offering to submit to the blood tests eliminates any question.

    Not saying everyone that has a diluted sample drinks a ton of water, but I can testify to the fact that it is a real thing.

    The devils advocate would say his agent should have done the same thing and offered up a blood test if there’s any question at all. But who knows.

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