DT Timmy Jernigan Conference Call

On where he was when he got the call from the Ravens: "I was just kind of by myself waiting on the phone to ring."

On if he was surprised the Ravens drafted him: "I was surprised. It's a blessing. Shortly before coach [John] Harbaugh and Mr. [Ozzie] Newsome gave me that phone call, I was just telling myself, 'All I need is one chance.' And then the phone rang. It's a blessing, and I'm going to give the Baltimore Ravens everything I've got in my mind, body and soul."

On lasting until the second round: "I can't really say that it wasn't difficult, but at the end of the day I believe in God, and I know that He will put me in the right situation with the right team and the right coaches. So it's a blessing just to be able to have your name selected, especially with the Ravens."

On if the Ravens have told him how they plan on using him: "I don't know exactly where they want me to play, but I feel like the great thing about drafting a player like me is I can adapt to play anywhere along the front. Anything I'm asked to do I'm going to do it with everything that I have."

On his diluted sample at the Combine: "It wasn't a positive drug test; the sample was diluted. The reason for that is when I first reached [workout] camp down in Orlando, within my first week I had lost a bunch of weight. I was losing weight very fast, and it was causing me to cramp. 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. In the week leading up to the Combine, 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. I feel like that was the reason for the diluted test. And when I got the information from the NFL saying that I had a diluted test, I reached out to the doctors. I called two days back-to-back, and I never got a response back from anyone. [I was] 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 answers. And then this week all of this madness just started. It's just crazy."

On if he has a chip on his shoulder: "I definitely have a chip on my shoulder, and I'm glad the Baltimore Ravens drafted me – to be able to play on a great defense. And the Ravens definitely play with a swagger. They play football the way that I play football.  I feel like I'm the perfect match, and I'm definitely going to bring another edge to the defense."

On how much weight he lost from the end of the season: "From the end of the season, I got up to about 315 [pounds]. And within the first week-and-a-half, two weeks of me being at camp, I was down to like 299 [pounds]. So, I lost roughly 15 pounds very fast."

On how much he weighs now: "Right now, I'm about 302 [pounds]."

On why he was surprised the Ravens drafted him: "I didn't really have a lot of contact with them. We met at the Combine. We had a great meeting together; everything went smooth. It just kind of caught me out of the blue, but I'm happy at the end of the day."* *

On the kind of player the Ravens are getting in him: "They're getting a dominant, elusive player – a guy that is going to come in and contribute to the team, give everything that he has, and definitely I'm going to lead by example. They're not going to get a guy who says one thing and does the other one."

On how much his championship season with Florida State will carry over to the Ravens: "I definitely know that it will carry over. Playing at Florida State, [head] coach [Jimbo] Fisher taught us how to do things the right way. He taught us what it took to win championships. I know what buying in gets, so I'm definitely going to buy into the program Day One and do everything that I [can] to help us get to a Super Bowl."

On if a lot of people were telling him he would be a first-round pick: "I was hearing it a lot, but really around the end, around the last couple weeks I kind of started hearing second round a little bit. And then with the incident that just happened, I kind of figured it out that I probably would fall a little bit. But I'm happy to be where I'm at."

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