10 Player comps for Ravens rookies from the Ravens past
Justin Madubuike player comp from Ravens past: Timmy Jernigan
The reason that I picked Timmy Jernigan is his style of play. I actually believe Madubuike has a chance to be a much better player than Jernigan, but they fit a particular mold. Jernigan was a player who was a quick penetrating defensive tackle more than a space-eater. That’s what I think Madubuike will be. He’s not a Brandon Williams and he’s not a Calais Campbell. He’s a defensive tackle whose quick first step puts offensive linemen in trouble. That’s what the Ravens got with Jernigan. Their game is built off of the same exact things.
Jernigan had three seasons with the Ravens. He had three sacks in the first two seasons and four in the third. That’s the kind of an impact that you can expect Madubuike to have in his first season. I can see a scenario where Brandon Williams is the nose guard in running situations and Madubuike comes in obvious passing situations. With Madubuike the Ravens get more than just pushing the pocket, they get a player who can win a one on one and get to the quarterback. The Ravens are going to have a very helpful defensive line rotation when it comes to making plays in the backfield. This is especially true for the pass rush.
Jernigan and Madubuike also have the most similar build. Jernigan was a 6-2 298 pound defensive tackle. Madubuike is 6-3 and weighs in at 293 pounds. While Madubuike has a much higher ceiling than his comp, I couldn’t find a better fitting player. I would bet that the Ravens draft notes on Madubuike are very similar to the notes they had on Jernigan in 2013. Madubuike has the same strengths and traits that Jernigan flashed at Florida State. It could pay off in a much bigger way, so this is a player to keep your eye on.