Agent: Ravens agree with Timmy Jernigan

AP

The Ravens, who began their rookie minicamp on Friday, have struck deals with two more draft picks.

According to agent Sunny Shah, the Ravens have agreed to terms with Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, the club’s second-round pick (No. 48 overall).

Also, the Ravens have signed Coastal Carolina running back Lorenzo Taliaferro, one of their fourth-round selections, the team said Friday.

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).

19 responses to “Agent: Ravens agree with Timmy Jernigan

  1. I’m trying to figure out how the Ravens plan to use Jernigan in their 3-4 scheme. He is 20 lbs underweight to be a NT and way too short to be a DE. Maybe value wise he was the best player on the board at that point but if a guy doesn’t fit your scheme is he really a value?

  2. Reminds me of Warren Sapp; quicker and more powerful than he looks.

    Hoping he, Mosley, Brooks and Urban earn a spot on this team. Defense looks good Ozzie and Eric, thanks!

  3. Arthur Jones is only slightly taller than Jernigan, and he had enough success as the 3-technique in Baltimore’s system to sign a 5-year, $33 Million contract with Indianapolis in the offseason.

    I think based off the last two drafts, the Ravens D-Line is looking very stout going forward in future seasons…with Brandon Williams (3rd – 2013) at the Nose, Jernigan playing 3-tech DT, and Brent Urban playing 5-tech DE.

  4. 6-2, a buck 98, playing the D-line in the 3-4?! Pouncey & co will dasmantle him easier than Oz dismantled his 2013 SB team.

  5. dear afc north,

    Get ready for this guy because he’s fully hydrated and ready to play like a Raven…

  6. Lost respect for him in NC game pulling himself out at crucial times because he was fat and out of shape.

  7. Timmy is going from a college program where there are no rules, to a pro program where there are no rules. Should be a seamless transition for the big guy, other than the fact that he and his defense will have to do the scoring while the offense “just keeps ’em close.”

  8. I was surprised to see Jernigan fall out of the first round. It had to be the questionable drug test at the combine. I think he can play the three and one technique like Harbaugh said. Dallas was foolish to pass on this guy.

  9. Ravens are definitively a hybrid defense. Just because they run a “base 3-4” doesn’t mean they don’t come out in a 4-3, a 3-5-3 nickel sub package, 4-6, dime packages throughout the course of a game. You’re a fool if you think they can’t find a use for a 300 lb disruptive defensive lineman.

  10. The Ravens defense is back to being a problem on Sundays.

    Smashing teams to smithereens, now playing in Baltimore…

    I could really care less about the offense, lets hurt people!

  11. Ravens defense at times was a 44 split covered by a 3-5 front. The corner would aline as a lb letting the qb see cover 3 with seems open. Think bout where them pics came from…ah seem rts ..!

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