Consistently is able to generate good separation for himself initially in the underneath pass game vs. both off and press man. However, is at his best with the ball in his hands. Is very impressive after the catch, possesses a good first step to his game, can outpace defenders at the second level and displays rare balance for his size. Routinely is able to bounce off would-be tacklers, stay on his feet and continue to create.
However, he isn’t nearly as polished as a route runner down the field in the pass game. Isn’t as tight as a route runner, but has the burst to still separate vertically down the field on the seven and nine routes vs. the Sun Belt competition. But, isn’t asked to run many sharply breaking routes and does need to add a little more polish to his game in the intermediate pass game.
Tends to simply try to outrun defenders out of his breaks. Isn’t the most natural of pluckers either and lets the ball get into his frame too often. However, does look comfortable as a wildcat quarterback, works well between the tackles, can pick his way through space and is just really savvy in all areas of the game. Simply a natural football player.
Impression: I don’t think he’s a guy you want to line up outside the numbers, but as a potential slot man, he’s one of the best the draft has to offer. His athleticism/short area quickness will routinely allow him to create separation vs. a two way go at the next level."
Negatives: Very small, gets knocked around, post season weigh ins will be important for him... Not much of a vertical threat, his big plays come from yards after catch... Has a tendency to round off his cuts... Physical corners can give him fits, gets bumped off routes and has trouble getting separation... Limited blocking ability due to his size... Hasn't been utilized much in the red zone, averaged one receiving touchdown for every 15 receptions over his career at Troy... Level of competition may be questioned after playing in the Sun Belt... Likely a number two or three option for an NFL offense."
Jernigan got even better as a junior. He caught 71 passes for 1,101 yards and four touchdowns and added 266 yards on the ground. Jernigan also started returning more kickoffs and averaged 23.0 yards per return. Jernigan already has a vast majority of the all-time receiving records at Troy and could add some more in 2010. With a bowl game left on the slate, Jernigan is just four catches away from breaking his own school record in receptions in a season. On top of his five receiving touchdowns, Jernigan has two more on the ground, another on a pass attempt and one each on a punt return and a kickoff return.
Jernigan's amazing speed will turn some heads to those who have not been paying attention to the Troy Trojans over the last four years. He is also a smart football player who can make a big play every time he touches the ball. The NFL should not let him get passed the second or third round."
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