Teammates on the national champion Florida State Seminoles, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and free safety Terrence Brooks will look to continue making life difficult for opposing offenses in the NFL.
The Baltimore Ravens selected the collegiate teammates in the second and third rounds, taking Jernigan 48th overall and Brooks 79th overall. Jernigan was a bit of a surprise as there was no pre-draft buzz linking him to the Ravens. But before the draft resumed Friday evening, the front office re-stacked its draft board.
Jernigan was near the top of the list.
"When we stacked our list [Friday] afternoon, he had to be the second guy that we put on the list as we re-stacked it," general manager Ozzie Newsome told reporters. "As we started to watch the draft unfold, we started to feel good that we might have a chance to get him."
Brooks, on the other hand, had been linked previously based on the need at safety and with director of college scouting Joe Hortiz commenting on his abilities. Hortiz lauded Brooks once again after all of the second and third round picks were in.
"I think he is a versatile guy. He definitely has experience on the back end," Hortiz said. "He's got excellent range. He's tough. You see instincts on film playing safety. He's a guy that came in as a corner and played corner for two years at Florida State before moving over to safety. And while he was there at safety this year, they actually toyed with the idea of moving him back to corner due to need. [They] put him over there for a week on the fly and then they were able to get a young guy ready, so they were able to keep him at safety. But he is a versatile guy who has coverage skills, and obviously, range and ball skills. And, he also tackles well. So, we like the blend of the player."
Jernigan and Brooks were integral parts to a defense that finished the 2013 NCAA season second in total defense (254.1 yards per game). Brooks was thrilled to receive the call from the Ravens, knowing his college friend would be coming along for the ride with him.
"Honestly, it's kind of crazy, because the whole time I was like, ‘If I could take one guy with me, it would be Timmy,'" Brooks said. "I just know we do damage together. We did it at Florida State; we can do it anywhere. I'm just real happy to have him with me, and I know there is another real strong safety over there in Matt Elam. I just can't wait to get into that physical defense. I'll feel right at home."