Nov 23, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (8) during a play in the first half against the Idaho Vandals at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Mayock: Chicago Bears should run to podium to draft 'special' Timmy Jernigan

The Chicago Bears struggled mightily at stopping the run in 2013 as they allowed a league-worst 161.4 rush yards per game and could see a total makeover on the front four with Julius Pepper a potential cap casualty and Henry Melton a free agent.

With the No. 14 pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Bears have been pegged as a fit for former Florida State Seminoles defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan who NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock thinks the Bears should jump at the chance to draft the 6-2, 300-pound defensive tackle.

Jernigan is the No. 6 prospect according to Scouts Inc and Mel Kiper while Mayock ranks him as the No. 2 defensive tackle in this year’s draft behind former Notre Dame Fighting Irish run-stuffer Louis Nix III.

Jernigan had 4.5 sacks and 53 tackles last season as a junior and is viewed as a classic 3-technique, the position Melton occupied the last couple seasons prior to tearing his ACL early in the 2013 season. If the Bears pass on resigning Melton, the drafting of Jernigan would be more than ideal replacement.

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  • FJ doreza

    Timmy woud be great BUT, I would still rather have Melton as he has proven production and has the experience you need to anchor the line. If Jernigan is gone then I would love to see them take Aaron Donald who is clearly the most outstanding talent of the DT position. He is 1inch and 10 lbs lighter than scouts would like but he plays quicker off the ball and faster in pursuit than any prospect in the draft. He rips past lineman, past double teams and sheds blocks like a pro. He has long arms and huge powerful legs that allow him to push, attack and arm tackle with great leverage, balance and finesse. His TFL’s, tackles, and sacks prove this man has the motor and the will to be great. He would be the playmaker the Bears could really use and would be a great addition to our defense. Maybe at 2, Kyle Van Noy or Anthony “the freak” Johnson, who reminds me a lot of Jernigan. I think Van Noy is the best all around LB and can play any position and has the skill, knowledge and intelligence to be a starting middle LB. He can cover receivers as well as he plays the run. He is a great athlete, a sound tackler and has made some incredible hand tackles. There might be bigger and faster LB’s in the draft like Mack, Barr or Mosely but I think Kyle has the most experience, skill, versatility, intelligence and leadership and would give the Bears another playmaker that would fit in perfectly with the Bears possible new hybrid scheme. Wow to see Donald and Van Noy on the Bears would be awesome.

  • Jeremiah Collins

    I like Donald to, alot more than Jernigan, but think about this…. PAIN!!!! Drafting Calvin Pryor in the first is the best move for us to make, because it would enable us to trade down a couple picks and still get a aggressive bullying safety. Imagine Pryor and Washington States Bucannon lurking the secondary. Caraun Reid and Johnson the freak can fill the dt position… And we can still get Kyle in the second… Wallah… The Monsters are back!!!!!
    Check out the highlights on these safeties before you disagree… Also… Telvin Smith or Pierre Desir in the third if we need.