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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome established an unmistakable pattern in this NFL draft: His first three selections were defensive players from successful, big-name schools.
“We stacked the board based on where guys played and all the information that we have, and we were just fortunate to get three players that have come out of national championship teams the last two or three years,” Newsome said. “We were just fortunate it happened that way.”
Newsome finally went after an offensive player with his third-round compensatory pick, nabbing tight end Crockett Gillmore of Colorado State.
“The whole board was stacked for the offense,” Newsome said, “but the way it fell for us was with defensive players.”
Jernigan, selected 48th overall, started only two games in his first two years with Florida State. Last season, however, he started all 14 games and had nine tackles against Auburn in the national championship game.
The 6-foot-2, 299-pounder finished with 63 tackles and 4½ sacks. He was tabbed in some mock drafts as a first-round pick, but his value might have dropped after he had a diluted drug test at the scouting combine.
“I was losing weight very fast, and it was causing me to cramp,” Jernigan said. “So my nutritionist, she wanted me to start drinking a lot more water. Even during my workouts, she would have to put salt in my Gatorade and different things to keep me from cramping.”
“I never got any answers,” he said. “And then this week all of this madness started. It’s just crazy.”
Newsome said, “We were very comfortable taking him.”
Brooks started 13 games at free safely in 2012 and last season split time between free safety and strong safety. He fills the void left by the departure of safety James Ihedigbo, who signed as a free agent with Detroit.
“He’s a versatile guy and has excellent range in the back end,” said Joe Hortiz, director of college scouting for the Ravens. “
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