2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Jerrel Jernigan
Jerrel Jernigan was originally recruited as a two star athlete from Eufaula High School in Alabama. He wasn’t highly coveted as his size worried many NCAA organizations and he didn’t seem to have a set position.
In High School Jernigan played quarterback and cornerback, only to start as a wide receiver since his freshman year at Troy.
Player Name: Jerrel Jernigan
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 5’8 7/8
Hand: 9 1/4
Jernigan is small, quick, and agile. He has great vision in the open field and has the speed to outrun defenders. He makes people miss with his quick feet and ability to be shifty in the open field. He catches the ball well, he can run the wild cat, and he can even throw a little bit. Jernigan doesn’t drop many passes and has soft hands generally. He’s a team leader and a smart player.
Jernigan isn’t very physical, and his small frame will limit his production down field in the NFL. He will get bullied by some teams and his separation issues will continue against faster defenses. Playing in a weak conference hurts as well as he didn’t produce as well against better competition in the rare opportunities he had to face it. He’s strictly a yards after the catch receiver. Don’t expect him to run routes past 15 yards very often, as he’s best utilized making plays on the run and after the catch.
Jernigan is a talented player for sure, and there is going to be some team that will find a way to utilize him in some way shape or form. He’ll like be gone in the third or fourth round and I think it’s quite plausible to see San Diego, Baltimore, Atlanta, New England, or Chicago use a middle round pick on Jernigan.
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