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NFL Rumors: Chicago Bears could draft Timmy Jernigan

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Remember when the Chicago Bears were loaded with impressive defensive tackles? Seems like quite some time ago (likely because it is), but that could change in the near future assuming Chicago opts to use their first round draft pick on Timmy Jernigan.

The Bears, who own the 14th overall selection are in need of defensive line help and Jernigan could be the force they were looking for.

In addition to Mel Kiper and Todd McShay of ESPN believing the Bears will draft Jernigan in the Mock Draft’s, ESPN Chicago’s Mike C. Wright could ‘definitely’ see the Bears drafting the Florida State defensive tackle.

Mock drafts by Todd McShay of Scouts Inc. and ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. project Emery taking Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan with the No. 14 pick, and I could definitely see the Bears going that route if he’s available. Remember, the Bears allowed the most points (478) and total yards (6,313) in franchise history in 2013 as the defense surrendered 10 100-yard rushing performances.

Jernigan, who’s 6’2 and 292 pounds would likely play ‘three technique’ in Chicago’s current system.

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