Ever since Arthur Jones left as a free agent, the Baltimore Ravens have planned to add competition to their starting defensive tackle job. As Matt Zenitz of the Carroll County Times writes, former Florida State defensive end fills that role.
The Ravens had Jernigan ranked as one of the top available players entering the second day of the draft and took him in the second round.
“Anytime you can add a defensive lineman to your football team, you get yourself better,” Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome said. “And you get a guy that can both be involved in the run and the pass and [who is] coming off a National Championship team.”