Jernigan Visits Berea

The National Football Post reported the Browns met with Jerrel Jernigan on Monday. Jernigan is a speedy wide out from Troy, who some scouts say fits the mold of Percy Harvin.

Most draft experts predict the Cleveland Browns to select a wide receiver at No. 6. What if those experts are wrong? It won't be the first time.

National Football Post's Aaron Wilson reported the Browns hosted Troy wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan on Monday, April 11.

The 5-foot-9, 185-pound wide out ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and was clocked in at 4.4 on his pro day on March 4. In 2010, Jernigan caught 84 passes for 822 yards and six touchdowns, he rushed for 322 yards and three touchdowns and returned one punt and one kickoff for a touchdown.

He was named first-team all-Sun Belt Conference as a receiver and all-purpose player.

For his career, he was a three-time all-conference selection at wide receiver and left Troy as the program's all-time leader in receiving yards (3,128), receptions (262) and all-purpose yards (5,971).

Jernigan is moving up team's draft boards, and he is considered a late first-round or early second-round selection. Some scouts compare him to Percy Harvin. Finally, Browns general manager is known for finding wide receiving talent outside the first round (e.g. DeSean Jackson).

Last month, The Sports Xchange asked Jernigan what a team would be getting if they selected him.

"No. 1, they'll get a hard worker throughout, 24-7," he said. "I'll do anything to get a win. They'll get a good receiver, special teams and team player."

Rob Rang, a scout on CBSSports.com, wrote that Jernigan's best area is his abilities after the catch.

"Good lateral agility and balance to elude defenders in the open field and make slower defenders look silly in confined quarters," Rang said. "Good burst to accelerate through gaps and has the speed to pull away. Has the vision to set up blocks and despite his lack of height, runs with surprising power and determination."

If you project those abilities into the West Coast Offense, it appears to be a nice fit for the Browns with their second-round pick.

Below, Jernigan's after-the-catch abilities are on display in an impressive highlight reel.

 


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