2015 NFL DRAFT

Brock Vereen, FS

School: Minnesota  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Valencia, CA
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Workout Results
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STRENGTHS: Good-sized athlete with balance, play speed and transitional quickness. Better than expected functional strength and works hard to disengage blocks and be a factor in the play. Uses the sideline to his advantage with very good field awareness.

Quickly identifies his keys and diagnoses in a flash. High football IQ with good smarts on and off the field. High effort player and won't fall asleep at the wheel. Already carries himself like a professional. Tough and competitive in nature, getting the most out of his ability. Team leader and quick learner, taking well to coaching. Good starting experience (36 career starts) with significant playing time at cornerback, nickelback and free safety - also saw time on special teams coverage.

NFL bloodlines as the younger brother of the Patriots 2011 2nd round pick running back Shane Vereen - his father played receiver at UNLV and was a 9th round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1979 NFL Draft.

WEAKNESSES: Ordinary build and muscle tone with shorter-than-ideal arms. Lacks suddenness and will think too much at times, inhibiting his click-and-close ability. Room to improve his anticipation and eye discipline to better locate and get his hands on the ball.

Only four career interceptions and needs to be more consistent with the ball in his area. Needs to wrap on tackle attempts and be a more consistent finisher. Fundamentals have room for improvement, playing too high and opening his hips too early. Limited experience as a blitzer and wasn't as consistent when asked to jam or play near the line of scrimmage. Some minor durability issues over his career, but nothing major.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

A three-star cornerback recruit, Vereen, who graduate with a 4.4 high school GPA, had an offer from in-state Stanford, but decided to move east and enroll at Minnesota.

He was a role player in 2010 as a true freshman before becoming a full-time starting cornerback in 2011, recording career-highs in tackles (67) and tackles for loss (3.5). Vereen moved to free safety in 2012 and started seven games and began his senior season there in 2013 before moving back to cornerback for the final seven games, earning First Team All-Big Ten honors.

He is an athletic, quick-footed player and is looking to become the third member of his family to be drafted to the NFL, following his older brother and father. Vereen is instinctive with a clear understanding of the game and knows how to manipulate the field. He is a high character player on and off the field with a strong work ethic and leadership traits. Passionate team-first player.

Vereen doesn't shine in any one area, but does enough to warrant a roster spot at nickelback and will be the type of player that coaches will embrace due to the intangibles and versatility.

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 4/131 -- Brock Vereen, S, 5-11 1/2, 199, Minnesota...Played every position in the secondary for the Golden Gophers and made 11 of his 13 starts as a senior at free safety. Figures to challenge for either starting free safety or strong safety. He impressed in predraft workouts and the combine, especially in the bench press. He had 25 repetitions in the bench at 225 pounds, most for any defensive back at the combine, but also had the second-fastest 40-yard dash time (4.47) and second-fastest shuttle time along safeties. His brother is Patriots running back Shane Vereen and his father, Henry, was a ninth-round draft pick by the Bucs in 1979. - The Sports Xchange
 

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