The Eagles have a solid three-man front but as a team with the desire to create a constant competition, it may cause Philadelphia to add to the lineup. Defensive end Cedric Thornton is a talented run-stuffing lineman but he could be upgraded as a pass rusher. Florida State's Timmy Jernigan could be that positive addition to the lineup if the team plans to add a defensive end early in the process.
A five-star lineman out of Lake City, Fla., Jernigan chose Florida State in 2011. He was a first-team Freshman All-American and played in all 13 games in his first season as a Seminole. He had 30 tackles (six for loss) and 2.5 sacks. As a sophomore, Jernigan played in 13 games (two starts) and had 46 tackles (eight for a loss) and 1.5 sacks.
In his final season at FSU, the junior defensive tackle was named All-ACC first team and was also an All-American. In 14 starts, he had 63 tackles (11 for loss), 4.5 sacks and a pass breakup. He also helped lead the Seminoles to the BCS National Championship.
Weight: 299 lbs
Arm Length: 31 5/8"
Hands: 9 5/8"
40: 5.06 seconds
Bench: 27 reps
Vertical: 29.5 inches
Broad: 102.0 inches
Jernigan had the ability to play nose tackle, three technique and five technique. His versatility is very real and he has the ability to stop the run and rush the passer. He has average arm size, but uses every inch well and can shed blocks. He is able to stunt and get good penetration, despite his lack of speed and size because he uses his hands well. He has an obvious mean streak and can be brutal against offensive linemen. He is a vicious tackler, who is quite talented at getting stops, Jernigan is a serious wall against the run game. He has a frame to add weight.
Jernigan is relatively undersized at the pro level. He is also not incredibly quick. His motor is up-and-down and there seems to be times where he gets tired.
The Eagles, as previously mentioned, have a solid starting front. There is also the issue of Jernigan's size not meshing with Billy Davis' liking. However, the Eagles are big fans of talent and competition, so Jernigan could have a shot at being the No. 22 overall pick. He has the versatility that Davis and Chip Kelly prefer on defense, but there are enough pros and cons for their interest to go either way.