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Former Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan was chosen by the Baltimore Ravens with the 48th pick in Thursday night's NFL Draft.
Jernigan only started one year at Florida State, but he made it count. He finished 2013 third on the team with 63 tackles while playing in all 14 games for FSU. He also led the team with 11 tackles for loss and was second with 4.5 sacks. He earned multiple All-ACC and All-America honors for his performance in 2013, capped by nine tackles in the national championship game against Auburn.
Jernigan was one of four underclassmen to declare for the draft from Florida State this year, forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL. Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and running backs Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. also left early.
He arrived at Florida State as a four-star recruit and the No. 2 defensive tackle in the country in the class of 2011 and immediately worked his way into the rotation at defensive tackle. He finished his FSU career with 139 total tackles, including 25 for loss and 8.5 sacks.
Jernigan faced scrutiny and saw his draft stock fall shortly before the draft because of a failed drug test from the NFL combine. Jernigan failed due to a diluted urine sample, along with fellow former FSU players Telvin Smith and Christian Jones.
Speaking to the Baltimore Ravens official web site Jernigan said his failed test was due to extreme dehydration by training for the combine.
"I was losing weight very fast and it was causing me to cramp," Jernigan said. "My nutritionist wanted me to start drinking a lot more water."
Nonetheless, Jernigan said he was happy to be drafted by the Ravens, if a bit surprised.
"I was surprised," Jernigan told Baltimoreravens.com. "I didn't really have a lot of contact with them. We met at the combine and we had a great meeting together. Everything went smooth. It just kind of caught me out of the blue, but I'm happy at the end of the day."
Jimbo Fisher released quotes on Jernigan being drafted, according to FSU.
"I'm very happy for Timmy," Fisher said. "He's a perfect fit for the Ravens organization. They both play the game very physical. He was a great leader and will be a great player in the NFL. Timmy was one of the key reasons we had a top ranked defense the last couple of years."
Brooks comes off board in 3rd
Of FSU's draft-eligible players, nobody's stock rose more quickly in the postseason than safety Terrence Brooks.
Florida State's senior starter for 2013 proved that much by ending up the 79th overall pick by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round of Saturday's NFL draft, joining fellow FSU draftee Jernigan.
"Terrence had a tremendous career for us, a great senior year," Fisher said of Brooks. "He's very versatile player. I think he's going to be very successful. I'm very happy for him and his family."
Brooks finished 2013 with 56 tackles for Florida State and five passes defended as a leader for FSU's secondary, and finished as a first-team All-American according to CBSSports.com. Sports Illustrated had him as an honorable mention All-American. Brooks' draft stock saw a significant bump after he ran the fasted 40-yard dash time for a safety in the NFL combine, coming in at 4.42 seconds.
Brooks came to Florida State a three-star recruit, but won and held a starting safety job over more highly-touted players for two years.
With Brooks' selection, the Ravens have two former Seminoles drafted in the same year. It's also the third straight year that two Seminoles have landed on the same team in the draft. In 2012, EJ Manuel and Dustin Hopkins went to the Buffalo Bills while Chris Thompson and Brandon Jenkins went to the Washington Redskins. In 2011, the Bills selected Nigel Bradham and Zebrie Sanders. Brooks said he welcomed the opportunity to continue playing with Jernigan, and for the Ravens franchise.
"It's big," Brooks said. "Not too many people get this opportunity. I definitely still have a lot to prove. God has a plan. I'm ready to go to work. (Timmy) and I - we both have that physical style of play and I think we are going to look real good in black. I'm glad to have him with me and I think we really gel."
Joyner taken by Rams
Former FSU defensive back Lamarcus Joyner is headed to the St. Louis Rams.
The three-year starter who contributed for the Seminoles at cornerback, safety and nickel was picked with the 41st overall pick in the second round. He was the seventh defensive back off the board in the draft and the second former FSU player selected, led by wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin in the first round on Thursday.
Joyner finished his senior season with 69 tackles while leading the team with 5.5 sacks and adding two interceptions and seven tackles for loss. He had 6.5 sacks in his career and eight interceptions.
The 5-foot-8, 184-pound Joyner was among the most versatile defenders in the draft. He made a significant impact at Florida State at every position in the secondary, was an All-ACC pick twice and also contributed on special teams.
"I'm very excited for Lamarcus," Fisher said. "He's one of the great Seminoles of all time and one of my favorite players of all time. He was an unbelievable team leader for us. He's a very versatile player that's going to have a great career in the NFL."