Prospect Profiles: Jerrel Jernigan

JERREL JERNIGAN, WR, Troy

Triangle Numbers: 5-9, 190, 4.32

Scouting Reports:

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Strengths:
• Outstanding athleticism and elite speed
• Explosive with terrific acceleration and a burst
• Quick and agile with great balance and change of direction
• Extremely elusive with excellent vision and instincts
• Soft, reliable hands and fantastic ball skills
• Good leaping ability and body control
• Runs quality routes and is able to get separation
• Has a sturdy build like that of a running back
• Fearless and plays bigger than size would suggest
• Tough, durable and will play through pain / injuries
• Hard working and competitive with top intangibles
• Very productive and has a lot of experience
• Exceptionally versatile and a dangerous return man

Weaknesses:
• Does not have the ideal height you’d prefer
• Struggles to get off the line when jammed
• Must do a better job of protecting the ball
• Not necessarily a vertical / deep threat
• Isn’t overly strong or powerful
• Will never be much of a blocker
• Might be limited role-wise in the pros

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Great speed, one of the fastest receivers in this class… Good at plucking the ball out of the air… Catches passes while running at full speed, doesn’t have to gear down to focus on the ball… At his best when running routes within 15 yards of the line of scrimmage… Explosive off the line of scrimmage, instant acceleration… Very quick and elusive in the open field… Good runner after the catch, tough to bring down, cuts on a dime… Experienced lining up in the backfield, can be utilized as a situational tailback… Former quarterback, understands defenses and is good at finding soft spots in zone coverage… Has lined up at quarterback in the wildcat formation… Known as a hard worker… Added value with return ability… Ideal fit as a slot receiver, will terrorize the middle of the field.

Negatives: Very small, gets knocked around, postseason weigh-ins will be important for him… 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.

FF Toolbox:

Jerrel Jernigan is the Sun Belt’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards. The 5-9 receiver is a little undersized for a traditional receiver in the NFL, but he has proven that he can make plays against bigger corners and make plays as a runner and a returnman. Even as a freshman in 2007 Jernigan started to show his promise. He caught 30 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns, two of which came against then 10th ranked Georgia. In 2008 Jernigan went from roleplayer to superstar. He broke a 40-year-old Troy record by catching 77 passes. He also led the team with 868 receiving yards and five touchdown receptions. Jernigan was even second on the team in rushing yards and threw a touchdown pass.

Jernigan got even better as a junior. He caught 71 passes for 1,101 yards and four touchdowns and added 266 yards on the ground. Jernigan also started returning more kickoffs and averaged 23.0 yards per return. Jernigan already has a vast majority of the all-time receiving records at Troy and could add some more in 2010. With a bowl game left on the slate, Jernigan is just four catches away from breaking his own school record in receptions in a season. On top of his five receiving touchdowns, Jernigan has two more on the ground, another on a pass attempt and one each on a punt return and a kickoff return.

Jernigan’s amazing speed will turn some heads to those who have not been paying attention to the Troy Trojans over the last four years. He is also a smart football player who can make a big play every time he touches the ball. The NFL should not let him get past the second or third round

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Jerrel Jernigan is a guy who should REALLY interest the Giants, in the second round. Reminds me a lot of Dexter McCluster. Not a traditional receiver, but a slot guy who can wreak havoc in the middle of the field, in tight spaces. Return game, out of the backfield, maybe as a WildCat QB. McCluster had a ton of success as a rookie for Kansas City. Jernigan could do the same. He’ll be available in the 2nd round, I think. He could be the answer to the Giants return woes, as well as give them a dynamic threat on offense

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2 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Jerrel Jernigan”

  1. Erik says:

    Love him as a second-rounder… he looks a lot like McCluster did coming out last year, and the boost to special teams would be immediate. Plus, we did pretty well with our last second-round pick out of Troy.

  2. nycsportzfan says:

    I love Jerrnigan as a prospect.. I think the Giants could really use a Randall Cobb, Jerrnigan, type player… I don’t think they’ll get one, but could use one..

    Could u guys do a prospect profile on Luke Stocker? His production is not good, and i’m wondering what’s keeping him in the 2nd-3rd rd range…

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