NFL Draft 2014: Ravens take Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan with the 48th overall pick

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens selected Timmy Jernigan in the second round.

With the 48th overall pick in the second round, the Baltimore Ravens selected Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan.

It's not a position of need but it's an area the Ravens just immediately got better at. Jernigan is one of this draft class's best defensive linemen, a tough, strong force inside. Jernigan's a very athletic lineman who has excellent rush moves along the interior.

In 2013, Jernigan had 4.5 sacks and was a terror inside rushing the passer. Recently, it was revealed that he failed a drug test due to a diluted sample.

This has best player available written on Baltimore's board all over it. It's not a top need but the Ravens' front office must have been flabbergasted he was still available at 48th overall. At one point he was a potential first-rounder by the draft pundits, making the value potentially irresistible.

Jernigan will likely be rotated a bit at all three lineman spots based on his athleticism and versatility. He can excel at nose tackle, but Haloti Ngata also works well there.

Point is, the Ravens' front seven just got a great deal more diverse.

(Video courtesy of @DraftBreakdown)


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