Jerrel Jernigan, a diminutive double-threat wide receiver and kick returner for the Trojans, is projected as a second to fourth round draft pick.
Regarded as the top slot wide receiver in the draft, Troy standout Jerrel Jernigan boosted his stock with fast times in the 40-yard dash at today's campus Pro Day workout with a 4.32 and a 4.38 clocking, after his 4.47 at the combine brought questions about the legitamacy of his speed.
www.NFLDraftScout.com 's fifth-ranked wide receiver, Jernigan is a very intriguing slot receiver option and return specialist, but at 5-8 7/8, 185 pounds, might be difficult for some teams to draft in the top 75. Receivers with a similar build, such as Eddie Royal (42 to Denver) and Steve Smith (74 to Carolina), were drafted in the early second to mid-third round.
He is a three-time All-Sun Belt Conf. selection and the league's all-time leader with 3,128 receiving yards, 262 receptions and 5,971 total yards.
Positives: After observing him at the combine, www.draftinsider.net says this: He showed a terrific burst, ran nice routes and displayed consistent hands with the ability to make the catch away from his body.
Fantasy fooball experts www.rotoworld.com : Jernigan averaged "only" 11.94 career yards per reception playing the slot in Troy's spread offense, but his highlight reels reveal an absolute speed demon. Percy Harvin-like in terms of versatility, Jernigan averaged 23.58 yards per kick return, 8.27 on punts, and 6.28 career yards per carry.
A former high school quarterback, Jernigan could also provides some value in the Wildcat package.
Negatives: Very small, gets knocked around...Not much of a vertical threat, his big plays come from yards after catch... Has a tendency to round off his cuts... Physical corners can give him fits, gets bumped off routes and has trouble getting separation... Limited blocking ability due to his size... Hasn't been utilized much in the red zone, averaged one receiving touchdown for every 15 receptions over his career at Troy... Level of competition may be questioned after playing in the Sun Belt... Likely a number two or three option for an NFL offense... Missed the Senior Bowl with an injury.
Wes Bunting www.NationalFootballPost.com summarizes:
I don't think he's a guy you want to line up outside the numbers, but as a potential slot man, he's one of the best the draft has to offer.