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  • Differences Between Timmy Jernigan and Aaron Donald?

    It seemed that Jernigan was the consensus #1 DT prospect a few weeks back. What happened that has made everyone want Donald? Is anyone still on the Jernigan bandwagon? Who do they both compare to NFL wise?

  • #2
    They are definitely going in opposite directions.

    I thought that Jernigan looked pretty poor at the combine -- just the way he ran the 40 made me cringe.

    The other night I heard Charlie Casserly who I do respect say that Jernigan is a 2nd round type talent --- that surprised me.

    I had been poo-pooing the notion of taking Donald at #12 for months and to be honest I never looked at any of his tape because I just thought he was too small / prone to injury because of that.

    Then I looked at his +10 minute highlight package and man the kid can get into the backfield.

    Right now -- I'd be very comfortable picking him at #12 and keeping him fresh in a solid rotation with Hank/Jennings/Kuhn/Patterson?

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    • #3
      It may not be the best comparison but the first player that flashed to my mind watching the Donald tape was Warren Sapp.

      He didn't look as small as he is listed (288?) and his arms looked really long.

      He is very explosive - relentless.

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      • #4
        Jernigan=stout. Donald=explosive.

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        • #5
          Jernigan isn't dropping but rather Donald rising because of his incredible show of athleticism at the combine. It was 1 of the best shows ever for a DT.


          Jernigan will still make someone happy, I just think at 12 it is a slight reach. He should go around 20 is my guess. He really does have the best hands of any DT in this group. FSU had him playing out of position in 2013 at nose tackle. If you go back to 2012 and see him at the 3 tech, you see a lot of good stuff.
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          • #6
            Donald just flies off the tape.. Very explosive.. Jernigan is meh to me

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BlueSanta View Post
              Jernigan isn't dropping but rather Donald rising because of his incredible show of athleticism at the combine. It was 1 of the best shows ever for a DT.


              Jernigan will still make someone happy, I just think at 12 it is a slight reach. He should go around 20 is my guess. He really does have the best hands of any DT in this group. FSU had him playing out of position in 2013 at nose tackle. If you go back to 2012 and see him at the 3 tech, you see a lot of good stuff.
              I would agree. Jernigan was so disruptive last year. I think he absolutely has an ability to get upfield. He still played well this year too including the championship game.

              I think it's foolish to hold 40 times against a DT. At this point, I'm just hoping Dallas doesn't get him.

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              • #8
                Donald is Dontarious Poe but just as good on tape as he was at the combine. He should be picked around 10-15. He wont get past Cowboys at 16.

                Jernigan was a stud on the field, but to me looks like he didnt prepare enough for the combine. It might be though because of what we all saw with Donald. Jernigan is still a solid option for DT though. If we traded back and took him in the 20s, Id be ok with it.
                Life is like a Giants game, you never know what you are going to get.

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                • #9
                  the only thing that makes me wonder is, will Donald be able to handle the bigger and stronger interior linemen in the NFL? I know size isnt everything, but I think Donald may have to add some weight and work hard in the weight room.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by penguinfarmer View Post
                    I would agree. Jernigan was so disruptive last year. I think he absolutely has an ability to get upfield. He still played well this year too including the championship game.

                    I think it's foolish to hold 40 times against a DT. At this point, I'm just hoping Dallas doesn't get him.
                    If your 40 yard comment was directed at my post -- I never said anything about his time.

                    It was the way he ran -- he didn't look like an athlete. I realize that he is a very good prospect but I really just didn't like the way he ran structurally.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by tonyt830 View Post
                      the only thing that makes me wonder is, will Donald be able to handle the bigger and stronger interior linemen in the NFL? I know size isnt everything, but I think Donald may have to add some weight and work hard in the weight room.
                      This was my fear -- particularly as it relates to fatigue and injury.

                      But on the flip side -- you have to ask -- will the guards/centers he goes up against be able to handle his elite quickness/burst?

                      It's an interesting question. I'm getting more comfortable with him now because I think we could have a solid rotation where he isn't on the field every snap -- keeping him fresh.

                      All that said -- our offense still needs weapons at TE/RB and our OL still needs talent added.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by BleedingBlue123 View Post
                        This was my fear -- particularly as it relates to fatigue and injury.

                        But on the flip side -- you have to ask -- will the guards/centers he goes up against be able to handle his elite quickness/burst?

                        It's an interesting question. I'm getting more comfortable with him now because I think we could have a solid rotation where he isn't on the field every snap -- keeping him fresh.

                        All that said -- our offense still needs weapons at TE/RB and our OL still needs talent added.
                        yeah Im sure he will give guards and centers in the NFL fits. And Im sure he has a good work ethic and will continue to get stronger. Someone like Jenkins would be a good mentor for him as well.

                        And if the Giants pass on him, someone like the Bears or Cowboys would love to pounce on him.

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                        • #13
                          Jernigan just dosen't remind me of a dominant playmaker but more of a stout run stuffer who can get penetration on occasion. Donald is a explosive playmaker.

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                          • #14
                            I will personally find where Reese lives and give him a hug, high praise, and 2 fine females if pulls the trigger on Donald at 12.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by BleedingBlue123 View Post
                              This was my fear -- particularly as it relates to fatigue and injury.

                              But on the flip side -- you have to ask -- will the guards/centers he goes up against be able to handle his elite quickness/burst?

                              It's an interesting question. I'm getting more comfortable with him now because I think we could have a solid rotation where he isn't on the field every snap -- keeping him fresh.

                              All that said -- our offense still needs weapons at TE/RB and our OL still needs talent added.
                              My thought on this is that you CANNOT find another player like Donald anywhere else in this draft. You can however find some pretty good TE's and Interior lineman in round 2 that could be instant starters such as Troy Niklas, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, or Xavier Su'a-Filo.

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