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Local nose tackles Timmy Jernigan, Louis Nix go on second day of NFL Draft

Posted: May 10, 2014 - 12:05am  |  Updated: May 10, 2014 - 12:15am
Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan celebrates after tackling Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall in the fourth quarter of the BCS national championship game in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 6.  Bob.Self@jacksonville.com
Bob.Self@jacksonville.com
Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan celebrates after tackling Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall in the fourth quarter of the BCS national championship game in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 6.

A pair of local nose tackles, Timmy Jernigan and Louis Nix, fell in the draft before being selected on the second day Friday.

Jernigan of Lake City and Florida State was selected with the 48th pick in the second round by the Baltimore Ravens .

Nix, a Jacksonville native who played at Raines before going to Notre Dame, went to the Houston Texans with the 83rd pick in the third round.

Jernigan apparently fell because he tested positive for a diluted sample at the scouting combine, and Nix might have fallen because he underwent knee surgery for a torn meniscus in late November.

Nix was the No. 1 available player on the draft board of the NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock when he was selected.

Jernigan was expected to be a first-round pick and had been invited to New York until he tested positive for a diluted sample. That means he will likely be placed in the league’s substance abuse program and be tested on a random basis. He didn’t make the trip to New York.

Still, he wound up with a good team in the Ravens and he said, “I’m happy where I’m at.”

In a conference call with Baltimore reporters, he said, “It wasn’t a positive test. The sample was diluted. I was losing weight very fast, and it was causing me to cramp. My nutritionist wanted me to start drinking a lot more water. She would have to put salt in the Gatorade to keep me from cramping. I had to go see another doctor in Jacksonville, and she had to do an IV on me the week leading up to the combine.”

He added, “I feel like that was the reason for the diluted test. When I got the information from the NFL saying that I had a diluted test, I reached out to the doctor. I never got a response back from anyone, just trying to figure out what was going on and if something was found in my urine test, what was it? I never got any answer. Then, all of the madness just starts. Man, it was just crazy.”

The Ravens were looking for a tackle because Arthur Jones signed with the Colts.

Jernigan has short arms and at 6-2, 299, he is considered a bit undersized. His mobility and quickness also were questioned.

Nix was a three-year starter at Notre Dame and was originally projected as a late first-round pick or an early second-round prospect before he was injured.

He is a 6-2, 352-pounder, and Mayock said Nix might need to lose 20 pounds. He had 27 tackles, two for losses, but no sacks in eight games last year.

 

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The Novak Effect 05/10/14 - 02:08 am
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Both Jernigan and Nix's

Both Jernigan and Nix's saving graces are they both went to dominate defenses.

It had to be the only silver lining for the totally unexpected round that the talented Louis Nix went in.

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