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Ravens take Florida St. defensive tackle Jernigan in second round

OWINGS MILLS - The Baltimore Ravens added young piece to their front-seven, selecting Florida St. defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan with their second round pick Friday night.

The Ravens came into the draft wanting to add another young player to their defensive line group. They also wanted to add competition for the starting defensive tackle job vacated by Arthur Jones. They accomplished both by taking Jernigan.

The 6-foot-2, 299-pound Jernigan was a second-team All-American last season, one of the key pieces of a Florida State defense that ranked third nationally in total defense.

Jernigan was third on the team in tackles (67) and had 11 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks.

"They're getting a dominant, elusive player, a guy that's going to come in and contribute to the team, give everything that he has," Jernigan said during a conference call.

Jernigan met with Baltimore at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he was surprised when the Ravens drafted him.

Aside from the combine, Jernigan had limited interaction with Baltimore.

"It just caught me kind of caught me out of the blue, but I'm happy at the end of the day," Jernigan said.

The Ravens have taken front seven players with each of their first two picks.

They took Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley in the first round Thursday and now add Jernigan to the mix along the defensive line.

Some analysts feel like Jernigan is best suited to play nose tackle, but he will likely compete with 2013 third-round pick Brandon Williams and others for time at defensive tackle.


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