Troy senior wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan enters the 2011 NFL Draft fray as a dynamic playmaker. He is versatile, having been used at wideout, running back and as a special teams returner.
Jernigan caught at least 71 passes for 800-plus yards in each of the last three seasons. In 2009, he caught 71 passes for 1,101 yards and scored four touchdowns. He added 40 carries for 266 yards and one touchdown. As a senior, he posted 84 receptions for 822 yards and found the end zone six times through the air; Jernigan also rushed for three touchdowns. He even threw for a touchdown in 2010.
- Speed (4.46-second 40-yard dash) and athleticism
- Good hands - catches away from his body
- Body control
Very dangerous after the catch
Shifty and elusive
- Explosive and elusive
- Versatile - was used as a running back with regularity
- Special teams return skills (a punt return touchdown and a kickoff return TD in 2010)
- Understands defenses and finds the soft spot in zone coverage
- Could struggle to digest a complex playbook
- Size (5-foot-8 7/8, 185 pounds) will likely resign him to a slot role
- Blocking - willing but too small to consistently hold up
- Easily jammed at the line
- Isn't much of a big-play threat, despite being dangerous after the catch
Expected draft placement
Jernigan will probably find his way to an NFL team in the third round of the draft. His value is increased because of his special teams prowess, but it is tough to envision any team spending an earlier pick on a slot receiver. In best-case scenario, he could slide into the late second round if a team feels he is capable of regularly playing on the outside.
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