Jernigan was taken by the Ravens in the second round with the 48th overall pick.
"I felt like they needed a safety, and I just felt like a lot of teams needed safeties this year and they just kept passing me up, so I just knew that at least one of them was going to bite and I’m glad it's the Ravens," Brooks said. "I’ve already got Timmy there, and I mean I love that team just from how physical they are. That’s how I play my game, just so physical and just mean. I love being in that black. It’s amazing.
"Honestly, it’s kind of crazy. The whole time I was like if I could take one guy with me, it would be Timmy. I just know we do damage together. We did it at Florida State, we can do it anywhere. I’m just really happy to have him with me, and I know there’s another…real strong safety over there with Matt Elam, and I just can’t wait to get into that physical defense. I’m going to feel right at home."
Brooks (5-11, 198) was relatively unheralded for most of his college career, and was not on the radar of most pro teams prior to his senior year. But in the course of a season, Brooks greatly improved his draft stock. He had had 56 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, five pass deflections and two interceptions, and was in charge of protecting the back end of a secondary that led the country in passing defense.
He also had a strong showing at the NFL Scouting Combine and saw his stock skyrocket.
Brooks moved to safety as a junior and admits to learning the nuances of the position, but he impressed talent evaluators with his instincts and aggressiveness.
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said on the network’s broadcast that Brooks was a “steal” and that he had the skills to develop into an every-down starter.