PFT: Giants will select DT Timmy Jernigan in Round One

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk believes the Giants will select Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan with the 12th overall selection:

“Given the departures of Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph, the Giants need to restore some bite to a defensive line that didn’t necessarily carry them to a pair of Super Bowl appearances, but helped deliver victory once they got there.”

Jernigan (6’2″, 300) is considered the No. 2 overall DT in the draft, behind Pitt’s Aaron Donald, who Florio believes will be gone by the time the Giants select.

Florio is under the impression the Houston Texans will select South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall selection. The rest of his early mock draft is as follows:

2. St. Louis – WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
3. Jacksonville – QB Johhny Manziel, Texas A&M
4. Cleveland – QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
5. Oakland – OL Greg Robinson, Auburn
6. Atlanta – LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
7. Tampa Bay – WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
8. Minnesota – QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida
9. Buffalo – OL Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
10. Detroit – DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
11. Tennessee – QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

The Giants would then select Jernigan at 12, bypassing popular picks such as Michigan OT Taylor Lewan (who Florio has going to Baltimore at 17) and North Carolina TE Eric Ebron, who Florio has mocked to the Jets at 18.

Personally, I would be comfortable with this selection although it does not address the club’s more pressing needs such as OT and TE. Drafting Lewan would put a lot of Giant fans’ anxieties to rest and taking Ebron would give the Giants some much-needed dynamism in their suddenly stale passing attack.

Although I believe Donald is the more ideal candidate for the Giants, Jernigan would provide the Giants with a surging presence in the middle of the defensive line. He has all the tools to become a top DT in the NFL. He is versatile, quick and will only get stronger as he matures. Jernigan is coming out of FSU a year early, and his final showing vs Auburn in the National Championship game was extremely impressive. His combine performance has scouts talking about Jernigan as a player on the rise. 




27 comments
Brian Webster
Brian Webster

If the top of the 1st Rd went as well for the Giants as Florio predicted with 4 QBs taken in the top 11 Pks I'd be pretty disappointed if the Giants ended up taking DT Jernigan

JamesWS
JamesWS

Just get me Lewan or Evans and let me have peace.

jbob87
jbob87

Definitely want Lewan/Evans but think they will be done.


Donald is next. Then Ebron.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

WIth all due respect to Mike Florio, Why would the Lions draft Donald when they already have Suh and Fairley. They need a CB (Justin Gilbert). I believe Donald is available, you take him over Jernigan without hesitation

mcfly
mcfly

He is a safe pick, low ceiling high floor. Do I want him at 12? No, not really. Would I be mad if they took him? No.

TJ was the best player on a very good fsu defense. When he was in the game (conditioning issues - he is a biggggg guy) he was a potential difference maker (but on the run).

Comes down too - would you rather have the traditional run stuffer who fills gaps in TJ or a quick off the line pass rusher in Donald.

mique1313
mique1313

I would take Donald, Lewan, Evans, Ebron.  In that order.

Matthew Cohen
Matthew Cohen

I love Donald at 12 because he can rush the passer.  Grabbing a run stuffer at 12 is not good value in a passing league given the other talent available (in this mock).
I'd grab Barr in a heartbeat in this mock.  I'd also rather take Lewan and solidify the line (if his character issues check out).

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

In the last 30 years, The Giants have selected 1 DT in the 1st round. And William Joseph was an epic bust. It's not happening like drafting a LB in the 1st isn't happening.

espirence
espirence

I don't see Jernigan being picked at all. First of all when was the last time the Giants took a DT in the 1st round. I don't remember them ever taking a DT round 1. Further unless Jernigan is a super disruptive force which he's not his impact would only be a marginal upgrade.

I think Lewan is an athletic mauler who many experts have as even higher rated then Mathews and higher then Eric Fisher no1 pick overall last year.

I would take Evans in a heartbeat and there are a lot of WR that maybe and since Reese seems to have a good handle on evaluating WR's I think WR is a high possibility even though there maybe some draft day jockeying required to maximize our overall draft.

Meaning we move down take a great WR and move up with our 2nd pick and grab and grab one of the other highly rated OT or Eric Ebron.

Anyway that's my take 

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

Mr.F--

DT T.Jernigan isn't a good 12th pick..... the Value isn't there....

more Like a 1st round, 22-32 slot Pick....

DT R. Hageman, is BIGGER & Faster than DT Jernigan,

and has Just as Much UP-SIDE,

and could be had in the Late, Late 1st to Mid 2nd, round....

mcfly
mcfly

I agree, there is no way they go DT. They have spent the last several years rebuilding the dline, it's time for their back 7.

The real wildcards in the draft are Cleveland and Tampa. They are the two teams that will have the biggest ripple affect on whom falls to us.

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

How could you want a DT over a game breaking WR?

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Peter Sinapi  Reese never drafted a OL in the 1st round before last year. So you can't say  100% that it's not going to happen.

Matthew Cohen
Matthew Cohen

@Peter Sinapi The Giants don't draft defensive tackles in the first round because most of them can't rush the passer.  Donald can and would be a great pick at 12.

Brian Bannon
Brian Bannon

@Peter Sinapi And during Jerry Reese' current run as GM he's very rarely tried building a team through free agency, but that happened this year.

Matthew Cohen
Matthew Cohen

@espirence Putting Lewan on the same side as Schwartz and running behind that would be interesting.  2 Maulers on the same side would make it hard to stop the run with 7 guys in the box. 

Someone would have to move sides to make that happen, obviously.

mlem
mlem

@espirence  William Joseph (DT) was picked 25th overall in 2003.  He was terrible and could be one of the biggest draft busts for the Giants..  He is currently finishing up his 2 year Prison sentence from 2012.

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

The beauty of this years draft is a TE an WR can be found in rounds 2 and 3. Donald is my 4th choice behind Evans, Lewan, Ebron...but I would not complain at all if we got him if the others are gone.

Matthew Cohen
Matthew Cohen

@Peter Sinapi If the DT can pressure the opposing QB and prevent him from completing passes to his game breaking QB (as the Giants did in their last 2 Super Bowls) then he is a difference maker.

Stopping the pass is just as important as completing passes.

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

Of course not but DT isn't the need that OL was last year. And with 3 DTs now on the roster plus Kuhn, are the giants really going to use the 12th pick on a Boom/Bust type? Add in 30 years of basically not taking a DT, I feel pretty confident.

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

Ok...you can tell me I was wrong when they make that selection.

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

I don't think he built the team trough FA. He def retooled it but the core of the team is still home grown.

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

Lewan, assuming his trouble is behind him, would be an awesome pick.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Peter Sinapi Are you describing Donald as a boom/bust type, because that's what you have evaluated him to be.. Or are you saying that because of the fans on this board who believe that to be the case.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Peter Sinapi Unless Reese has a total meltdown, the Giants will get a very good player at #12. It wouldn't bother me if it was any of the 4 players below in no particular order:

Lewan/Donald/Evans/Barr

Out of those players, Evans is most likely taken before #12 and then Lewan as well.