Winning the national championship fulfilled a dream for Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. But with seven weeks left until the NFL Draft, Jernigan is nearing another life-long dream. "My mom actually saved a picture that I drew in church, when I was in third grade, of an NFL player," Jernigan said. "It's actually the screen saver on my phone." Jernigan, who had 63 tackles and 11 tackles for loss as a junior in 2013, has impressed as one of the draft's top defensive tackles, a run-stopper that can also pressure the quarterback. He said participating at the NFL Combine in February helped him prepare for Florida State's pro day on Tuesday. He's added about 10 pounds in the past few months and weighed in at 305. But he's also been focusing on his speed and agility in Orlando with pre-draft trainer Tom Shaw. "I feel like they wanted to see how well did I move," Jernigan said. "I feel like I did a good job." About 20 former Florida State standouts worked out inside the team's indoor practice facility on Tuesday before coaches and front office personnel that represented all 32 NFL teams. Among the head coaches in attendance were Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin, Philadelphia's Chip Kelly, Detroit's Jim Caldwell and Minnesota's Mike Zimmer. It was a strong turnout as NFL teams are looking at what could be another deep draft class. Florida State had a school-record 11 players drafted in April 2013, and NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock thinks that six Seminoles could be among the top 100 players selected in the draft on May 8-10. Jernigan and receiver Kelvin Benjamin are considered Florida State's top two prospects, with both projected by many draft analysts to be selected later in the first round.
Former FSU standouts Jernigan, Benjamin hope to make good impressions
Fox Sports Florida | Mar 18