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2015 NFL DRAFT

Jason Verrett, CB

School: TCU  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Fairfield, CA
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 189 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2641-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.362.461.50- 3910'8"4.006.69
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • New York Jets | #18
    The Jets could use a playmaker on the offensive side of the ball it is easy to envision Oregon State's Brandin Cooks or Southern Cal's Marqise Lee in New York. Rex Ryan's success is built on defense, though. Verrett lacks the height scouts would prefer but he's a top 20 talent in every other way, demonstrating the pure athleticism and tenacity Ryan loves.
  • Cincinnati Bengals | #24
    Although shoulder surgery will likely keep Verrett shelved until training camp, he is an outstanding cover man who will be able to help the Bengals immediately in the secondary.
  • Cincinnati Bengals | #24
    If he's an inch taller, he goes a lot higher. They have age in their secondary.
  • San Diego Chargers | #25
    The Chargers will get a wide-body nose tackle later in the draft. Right now they get a corner like Verrett who can offset his lack of height with a 41-inch vertical.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Fluid body type with smooth hips to easily turn and adjust his frame. Excellent short-area burst and flexibility to seamlessly redirect his footwork to mirror receivers in space.

Very good feel on an island - baits and drives on throws with burst and timing. Improved instincts and awareness, not afraid to come off his man to make a play. Excellent ballskills and confidence to undercut routes and finish with the interception. Quick read/react skills.

Adequate strength for his size and very active in run support. Will hold his ground at the point of attack. Very aggressive with the ball in the air and attacks it. Smart and sound with his cover assignments, always playing alert.

Routinely made "wow" plays on special teams coverage, including a blocked field goal in 2012. Heady player with high football character. Productive as a three-year starter, combining for 43 passes defended and nine interceptions in college.

WEAKNESSES: Lack of elite height and length shows against most receivers. Lanky build and doesn't have the frame to pack on too much more muscle. Lacks ideal hand strength to consistently finish or easily shed blocks.

Room to improve his tackling technique, especially in space, hitting too high and losing immediate leverage. Will pop up out of his backpedal too soon and needs to play with more consistent pad level in his transition technique.

Needs to eliminate the mental mistakes with too many offsides and holding penalties on his resume. Blanket coverage, but needs to do a better job finding the ball with his back to the line of scrimmage. Some durability concerns after several nagging injuries plagued him in 2013, most notably a shoulder injury.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

Verrett struggled with academics out of high school and went the JUCO route (Santa Rosa JC) for a season before enrolling at TCU. He earned a starting job right away and despite a rocky start, he showed steady improvement and had an All-American junior season in 2012, tallying 22 passes defended.

Verrett battled injuries as a senior, but he was still productive and earned Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2013 - shut down several of the conference's top receivers and caused offenses to stop looking to his side of the field.

He is like a magnet to the ball with excellent timing to plant, drive and arrive when the ball does with aggressive ballhawking skills.

Verrett is scrappy and loves to play sticky and physical, which will cause some penalties, but it's easy to love his confident mentality. His lack of size likely limits his NFL ceiling, but he has the easy change of direction skills, light feet and physical and mental toughness to shine in the NFL, ideally suited as an inside nickel corner.

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05/12/2014 - Chargers hope Verrett is cover corner they need...Verrett, who got his first collegiate interception at Qualcomm Stadium when playing against San Diego State during his sophomore year, started all 11 games last year. He finished with 39 tackles, two interceptions, 14 passes defensed and a sack. Many of those games were against taller receivers. But Telesco was adamant that Verrett measured out well against lanky pass-catchers. "He has played in a big-time conference against a lot of really good receivers and quarterbacks and it was never an issue," Telesco said. "It's the way he plays: his leverage, his vertical jump. It really hasn't been an issue with bigger receivers."

Verrett has heard the detractors before. But it's his approach, he said, that allows him to compensate. "It's just moving my feet and playing a lot smarter," the 178-pound Verrett said. "I played a lot of guys that were 6-2, 6-3 and I didn't really try to get my hands on them too much. But then when the ball was in the air, that was when I tried to get competitive." The speculation is that Verrett is better suited to defend inside receivers. But he said that's not necessarily the case. "I feel like I showed the versatility at the college level that I can play on slot or on the outside," Verrett said. "I just want to carry that over to the next level." - The Sports Xchange

 

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