Timmy Jernigan Scouting Report

TIMMY JERNIGAN – DT – FLORIDA STATE

Timmy Jernigan

Strengths:

Nimble tackle who moves well. Is quicker than most and occasionally beats lineman off the snap with his quickness. Can get penetration in the run game. Displays violent use of hands and upper body strength necessary to shed blocks. Shows good pursuit and will chase ball-carriers down-field. Tackles well and delivers a pop when he hits.

Weaknesses:

Doesn’t have great quickness and lacks a burst off the snap. Gets caught hand fighting too much and still needs to work on using his hands better to shed. Occasionally gets too high and he struggles to anchor. Needs to continue to add strength through his lower body. Doesn’t offer much as a pass-rusher and lacks a repertoire of moves. If he doesn’t win right off the snap he rarely impacts the play. Best suited in a 4-3 defense in a 1-gap scheme.

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Pass Rush: 1.5
Strength: 2.5
Quickness: 3.5
Point of Attack: 3.0
Tackling: 4.0
Intangibles: 3.0

Verdict: Meh

Timmy Jernigan still needs some seasoning but he has a lot of the tools necessary to be successful. He can be a starter from day one although he likely won’t be more than average until he develops further. I think he can have success in a 1-gap scheme where he can win with his quickness and penetrate into the back-field. Size and playing style is similar to that of Jonathan Babineaux.

Grade: 2nd Round

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Telvin Smith Scouting Report

TELVIN SMITH – LB – FLORIDA STATE

Telvin Smith

Strengths:

Tall and lengthy linebacker with great athleticism. Has an excellent first step. Displays sideline-to-sideline range. Aggressive against the run. Does a good job of filtering through traffic and avoiding blocks. Flashes violent hands to disengage blocks. Plays with more strength than his listed size would indicate. Has the athleticism to be an above average cover linebacker. Reads quarterbacks’ eyes well and knows his assignments. A great tackler who wraps up and rarely misses when he squares up. Good blitzer who has a lot of upside as a pass-rusher due to his length and first step. Offers some versatility. Excellent leader.

Weaknesses:

Undersized as he’s listed around 220 lbs. Can get washed out against the run at times and prefers to run around blocks as opposed to taking them head on. Will bite on play action fakes from time to time and get caught out of position. Has a tendency to over-run plays on the outside and miss the tackle. Would like to see him pursue a little bit better at times.

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Athleticism: 3.5
Instincts: 3.0
Point of Attack: 3.0
Coverage: 3.5
Pass Rush: 2.5
Tackling: 4.0
Intangibles: 4.0

Verdict: Love him

Telvin Smith has a lot of upside due to his athleticism but the most impressive things to me are his aggressiveness and leadership qualities. Despite being smaller than most linebackers, he doesn’t play like it. I think he shows the ability to play with violent hands and can work on defeating blocks, which is probably his biggest weakness at the moment. I think he can be a starter in a 4-3 defense outside and I can see him having success in a 3-4 as well but he’d need further development.

Grade: 2nd Round

Christian Ponder Scouting Report

Christian Ponder

Height: 6’2
Weight: 229
College: Florida State
40 Time: 4.65
Class: Senior
Stock:
Projected: 2nd-3rd Round

Stats

2010 – 183/298, 61.4%, 2044 yards, 6.9 YPA, 20 TD’s, 8 INT’s
2009 – 227/330, 68.8%, 2718 yards, 8.2 YPA, 14 TD’s, 7 INT’s
2008 – 177/318, 55.7%, 2006 yards, 6.3 YPA, 14 TD’s, 13 INT’s
2007 – 8/18, 44.4%,  105 yards, 5.8 YPA,  1 TD, 2 INT’s

Overview:

Christian Ponder was once seen as a 1st round prospect and deservingly so. He’s a smart QB who has a nice combo of arm strength and accuracy. However, his recent injury trouble has caused his stock to take a hit. He can play in a west coast style offense and succeed as a starter. I don’t think he will be a great NFL QB, but he can be a solid starter for a team once he adjusts to the NFL game.

Scouting Report:

Positives

– 3 year starter, experienced
– Adequate height with good bulk
– Good overall athlete
– Can get out of the pocket and pick up the 1st with his legs
– Accurate in the short to intermediate range
– Very quick release
– Throws have a nice zip
– Adequate arm strength
– Solid footwork in the pocket, need little refinement
– Throws well on the run
– Does a good job of stepping up when he feels pressure
– Tough player
– Great leader

Negatives

– Needs to learn drop back footwork since he mostly played out of shotgun
– Has to do a better job of not staring down receivers
– Doesn’t look down field when he scrambles
– Throws a lot of quick slants and screens in his offense
– Deep balls tend to float
– Pocket presence is poor at times and he holds onto the ball too long
– Huge injury concerns, elbow and shoulder injuries to throwing arm
– Did not look like the same player after returning from injuries

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Arm Strength: 3.0
Accuracy: 3.5
Mobility: 3.5
Decision Making: 3.0
Mechanics: 3.0
Pocket Awareness: 2.5
Intangibles: 4.0
Pro Potential: 3.0

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