Fox Sport’s Jay Glazer has reported that former FSU football players Timmy Jernigan, Telvin Smith, and Christian Jones were among the double-digit number of players that failed drug tests at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. Glazer reported that Jernigan’s positive test resulted from a “diluted urine sample” which “would count as a failed test under the NFL’s drug program.” The reasons for Smith and Jones’s positive tests were not reported.
Jernigan started all fourteen games at nose tackle last season for the Seminoles. He ranked third on the team with 63 tackles including 11 for loss and four and a half sacks. Jernigan had arguably the best game of his career in the national championship game when he recorded nine tackles as a key cog in the middle of the FSU defense.
Jernigan is expected to be a mid-to-late first round pick in the draft, which begins Thursday at 8 p.m. Jernigan was originally scheduled to attend the draft in New York, but NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported late last week the Jernigan has decided not to attend the draft.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 2, 2014
Smith and Jones, both linebackers, are expected to be drafted in the middle to late rounds of the draft. Smith led the Seminoles with 90 tackles last season including nine and a half for loss and two sacks. He also had three interceptions on the season. Smith recorded a game high 15 tackles in the national championship. Jones started the season at middle linebacker before moving outside in a hybrid linebacker/edge rusher position. He was fifth on the team with 32 tackles including eight for loss and two sacks.
By: Brandon O’Connor