The Ravens, who began their rookie minicamp on Friday, have struck deals with two more draft picks.
Jernigan and Taliaferro each received four-year deals.
Jernigan (6-2, 298) notched 63 tackles and 4.5 sacks for the national-champion Seminoles in 2013. After Jernigan’s selection, Ravens coach John Harbaugh indicated Jernigan has nose guard and three-technique defensive tackle qualities.
“Those guys are interchangeable in there, but he is probably more of a three-technique body type,” Harbaugh said, according a transcript from the club. “He’s really active, he moves around, but he is stout. He does not get moved out at all. He is in the low 300s probably, a really quick-footed guy, really athletic guy in there. [He is] probably a three-technique who plays nose guard. [That] is how we’d probably describe him.”
Taliaferro (6-2, 230) rushed for 1,729 yards and 27 touchdowns for Coastal Carolina last season.
“The thing I liked about him at the Senior Bowl was he was probably the best back there in pass [protection], which is kind of a dying art these days,” Ravens G.M. Eric DeCosta said of Taliaferro after the draft, according to the club. “That tells you about a kid’s mentality, that he’s willing to stick his nose in there. He’s an aggressive runner, he’s a downhill runner, he’s a good scheme fit, he has good hands.”
The Ravens now have reached deals with 6-of-9 draft picks. The unsigned selections are linebacker C.J. Mosley (Round One), safety Terrence Brooks (Round Three) and defensive lineman Brent Urban (Round Four).