TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
Jernigan led Florida State with 11 tackles for loss in 2013, his first year as a full-time starter, and he was regarded as a strong run stuffer up the middle. Jernigan is widely projected as a first-round selection in this year's NFL draft and is rated as the No. 7 overall player by ESPN's Scouts, Inc.
"I feel I am the most versatile defensive lineman in the draft," Jernigan told ESPN's Joe Schad. "Some team will get an athletic, hard-working lineman who attacks, plays smart and doesn't come off the field.”
Jernigan is the second member of Florida State’s 2013 national-championship team to enter the NFL draft early, following tailback James Wilder Jr. Running back Devonta Freeman and receiver Kelvin Benjamin have yet to announce their intentions.
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