Jerrel Jernigan

Winners from Rounds 1-3: New York Giants

Jerry Reese continues to use patience to land great players for the New York Giants. They didn’t fill any glaring holes, but they got three great players who had fallen for various reasons.

Amukamara should step right into a starting role for the Giants

In the 1st round the Giants ended Prince Amukamara‘s free fall at No. 19. The certainly didn’t need a cornerback, but they lacked a true shutdown corner and Amukamara has a chance to be that guy. I had him at No. 6 on my board and I believe he will be a star in New York.

Marvin Austin fell due to concerns about his character, but entering the 2010 season he was viewed as a potential top 10 pick. He’s going to head to New York with a huge chip on his shoulder. That, coupled with the discipline Tom Coughlin will instill in him is going to turn Austin into a great player.

And in round three it was more of the same as they grabbed Jerrel Jernigan, whom many expected to come off the board in the 2nd round. I’m not sure how Jernigan will fit in with the Giants, but you can’t argue with the value and you can never have too much depth at receiver.

Overall, it has just been a very smart, methodical draft by Reese. He trusts his draft board and sticks with it regardless of his needs. It’s a great approach and it’s why he is quickly gaining respect as one of the best GMs at managing the draft.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft, Giants Comments Off

Jerrel Jernigan scouting report

Jerrel Jernigan WR Troy
Ht: 5’9″

Wt: 185

Strengths:
Tremendously productive player against his level of competition. Has the speed to stretch the field. Gets up to full speed quickly. Shows the ability to pick up yardage after the catch. Impressive elusiveness in the open field. Experienced on special teams.
Weaknesses:
Undersized. Not asked to run a wide range of routes in college. Route running is a little sloppy; he got by in college thanks to his speed and didn’t need polished routes to get open. Lacks the strength to offer much as a blocker. Suffered an ankle injury in final collegiate game (forced him to miss Senior Bowl). Some questions about his intelligence and ability to digest an NFL playbook; struggled academically in high school and college.
Comments:
Jernigan isn’t a prototypical No. 1 receiver but he does have the skills necessary to be a dangerous deep threat. He’s a bit of a work in progress, as he needs to improve his route running, but he does have the potential to develop into a quality second or third option.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 Comments Off