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Jernigan entered 2013 with big expectations, and he more than lived up to the billing. This first-team All-ACC selection and second-team All-American anchored one of the best defenses in the country, helping lead Florida State to the national championship. Jernigan recorded 35 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks during his junior season at nose tackle as the Seminoles surrendered 12.1 points per game, the best mark in FBS. Jernigan, who was a five-star prospect in high school, has a good sense for the game and shouldn't have a hard time adjusting to the next level. Though slightly undersized, scouts love his ability to beat blockers in a variety of ways - he gets good leverage at the line of scrimmage and easily changes directions. Jernigan didn't stand out at the NFL combine, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 5.06 seconds. He also recorded a 29.5-inch vertical leap, a 102-inch broad jump and a lackluster time of 4.83 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle. One of his best showings came in the bench press, however, where he racked up 27 reps to finish tied for 14th among defensive linemen. Jernigan, who only missed one game during his collegiate career, doesn't come with any major injury concerns. Some believe he could benefit from improving his conditioning, though. Jernigan has a lot going for him, and he should expect to hear his name called somewhere in the middle of the first round.