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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
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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

05/12/2014 - Chargers hope Verrett is cover corner they need...The San Diego Chargers had many needs. The hope is they filled one of them with their first-round pick. Texas Christian cornerback Jason Verrett was the Chargers' top selection in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday, as they got busy shoring up a shoddy pass defense. "The things we wanted to add to this team were speed and playmakers and to the help the defense," Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said. "We think Jason is going to fit that to a 'T.'" "He's a cover corner that is quick, fast and tough, which are qualities we look for. And he is very, very instinctive on the football field." What Verrett isn't is big. He stands at under 5-foot-10, but that wasn't a problem when he was named All-Big 12 and the conference's co-defensive player of the year.

"Size doesn't matter to him," Chargers coach Mike McCoy said. "He is a physical football player and is very good in coverage." Verrett said at the NFL Scouting Combine that he was the best cornerback in the draft. Verrett, though, was the fourth cornerback selected. Still, the Chargers, who were at the bottom of every significant pass defense category last year, were thrilled to get him at No. 25 overall. "When we scouted him he check off all the boxes of what he could do and what we were looking for," Telesco said. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Chargers' picks: Round 1/25 -- Jason Verrett, CB, 5-9, 189, Texas Christian...We get it -- he's short. But Verrett compensates for not reaching the 5-10 mark with fantastic leaping ability, fluid hips and a knack for competing when the ball is in the air. He might be more suited to play inside, but he'll get a chance there, and on the outside, during camp. The Chargers are desperate for help in the secondary and it appears Verrett can help right away. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Chargers hope Verrett is cover corner they need...McCoy wouldn't pin down where Verrett will play, saying that would be determined in training camp. And the Chargers are optimistic Verrett will be ready, after undergoing an offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum. The Chargers could have been torn as well in deciding whether to draft a cornerback, nose tackle or receiver. But Verrett has been on the radar since the combine, and they weren't going to trade down -- it was an option -- with him on the board. "With his toughness and the way he flies around -- maybe it's his hair and style -- but he looks like (ex-NFL safety) Bob Sanders," Telesco said. "That stuff is contagious." - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 26/4. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU, 5-10, 189, 4.36, 1-2...Fluid, natural athlete with smooth transition on flip and aggressive approach mentally, physically. Has that rare ability to blanket even the quickest receiver. Selected first-team All-America on several lists, second team by Associated Press. Allowed LSU's nifty Odell Beckham Jr. (projected as first-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com) only one catch. Frankly: Verrett's startling physical ability and apparent toughness belies fact that he is still maturing and learning skills to cope both on and off the field. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 21. Jason Verrett CB, TCU (5-9, 189, 4.38, SR)...Although undersized and currently rehabbing from shoulder surgery, Verrett is a feisty and physical player with ballhawking read/react quickness. He is ideally suited to be an inside corner with his swivel hips and physical nature to cover the slot and be reliable vs. the run. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - The Sports Xchange 2014 NFL Draft Best Team Fit: San Diego Chargers...CB Jason Verrett, Texas Christian: The Chargers and TCU have a recent history and that turned out well. While Verrett isn't in the class of LaDainian Tomlinson, he does have the skills the Chargers need. Verrett is a two-time All-Big 12 player, despite a 5-foot-9 frame that might be a hindrance in the NFL. But that works in the Chargers favor in that he could still be available at No. 25 and they would love to put his exceptional coverage abilities and confidence to use. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/21/2014 - Five players who should be on Cincinnati's draft radar: CB Jason Verret, TCU: The Bengals have question marks at cornerback with Leon Hall returning from injury, Pacman Jones on the decline and the enigma known as Dre Kirkpatrick so there is a good chance of Cincinnati's first pick being a corner. The Bengals have spent a considerable amount of time doing their homework on several first-round prospects at the position, especially Verrett. Cincinnati coaches put the TCU corner through his positional drills at his pro day and he also recently visited the organization. Verrett isn't the biggest and recently had shoulder surgery, but his speed, reaction quickness and ballhawking skills translate well to the next level. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/21/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Defensive Backs: Jason Verrett, TCU, 5-10, 189, 4.38...Fluid, natural athlete with smooth transition on flip and aggressive approach mentally, physically. Has that rare ability to blanket even the quickest receiver. Selected first-team All-America on several lists, second team by Associated Press. Allowed LSU's nifty Odell Beckham Jr. (projected as first-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com) only one catch. Frankly: Verrett's startling physical ability and apparent toughness belies the fact he is still maturing and learning skills to cope both on and off the field. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 32. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU, 5-10, 176, 4.49, 1-2...Still improving skills at corner after starring as running back and defensive back in high school, then stopping in junior college before joining TCU in 2012. Looks naturally fluid with smooth transition on flip and has the right approach mentally as an intimidator and physically as a tough guy. Selected first team All-America on several lists, second team by Associated Press. Allowed LSU's nifty Odell Beckham Jr. (27th on this list) only one catch. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

12/13/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: DB Jason Verrett, TCU, 5-10 176, Sr., Fairfield, CA...Verrett, a second-team pick last season, is TCU's fifth Walter Camp All-America selection in the last six seasons, joining defensive end Jerry Hughes (2008-09), safety Tejay Johnson (2010) and center Jake Kirkpatrick (2010). In his final game as a Horned Frog, Verrett limited Antwan Goodley, Baylor's leading receiver, to just one catch for 12 yards. Verrett also broke up two passes in the process.

Earlier this season, Verrett held Texas Tech's Eric Ward, who has 72 receptions, without a catch for the entire game. Goodley and Ward are two of the Big 12's top-five receivers. When lined up against LSU's Odell Beckham Jr., Verrett allowed just one reception. He totaled seven stops, including a sack, while adding three pass breakups versus LSU. Despite not many balls being thrown his way this season, Verrett is second in the Big 12 and tied for seventh nationally with 1.5 passes defended per game (two interceptions, 14 pass breakups). Since the start of the 2012 season, he tops the nation with 38 passes defended (eight interceptions, 30 pass breakups). - TCU football

12/12/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM: Defensive back Jason Verrett (Unanimous), TCU, 5-10, 176, Sr., Fairfield, Calif.,...Verrett , was a first-team selection on all five Midseason All-America teams released (ESPN.com, CBSSports.com, SI.com, USA Today, Phil Steele). The Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist and Lott IMPACT Trophy quarterfinalist has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

Despite not many balls being thrown his way this season, Verrett is second in the Big 12 and tied for seventh nationally with 1.5 passes defended per game (2 interceptions, 14 pass breakups). Since the start of the 2012 season, he tops the nation with 38 passes defended (8 interceptions, 30 pass breakups). - TCU football

12/12/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Jason Verrett, TCU, Sr., Fairfield, Calif./Rodriguez/Santa Rosa JC...Verrett is second in the Big 12 and tied for seventh nationally with 1.5 passes defended per game (2 interceptions, 14 pass breakups). Since the start of the 2012 season, he tops the nation with 38 passes defended (8 interceptions, 30 pass breakups). A Fairfield, Calif., native, Verrett totaled 39 tackles, including 3 1/2 for loss, with a sack and forced fumble. - TCU football

12/11/2013 - 2013 BIG 12 CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Jason Verrett, TCU, DB, Sr, Fairfield, Calif.,...Despite not many balls being thrown his way this season, Verrett is second in the Big 12 and tied for seventh nationally with 1.5 passes defended per game (2 interceptions, 14 pass breakups). Since the start of the 2012 season, he tops the nation with 38 passes defended (8 interceptions, 30 pass breakups). A Fairfield, Calif., native, Verrett totaled 39 tackles, including 3 1/2 for loss, with a sack and forced fumble. - TCU football

10/10/2013 - Top Prospect of Week Six: TCU CB Jason Verrett...The Horned Frogs ask a lot of their cornerbacks, asking them to switch often between press, off-man and zone coverage schemes. Verrett appears comfortable in each, demonstrating a quick back-pedal, smooth turning motion and remarkable closing speed. These traits were demonstrated on multiple occasions against the Sooners. One notable example came on a third-and-5 with 4:15 remaining in the second quarter. The Sooners, ahead 3-0 and entering field goal range, found little opportunity to attack the aggressive Horned Frogs' secondary deep and instead attempted to hurt TCU with underneath crossing routes. On this play, Verrett correctly read Sooners' quarterback Blake Bell's progression and showed impressive acceleration in catching up to junior Durron Neal to tackle him immediately after he caught the pass, limiting the 5-foot-11, 199-pound wideout to a gain of just two yards.

Rather than punt or attempt a field goal, however, the Sooners went for it on fourth down, with Neal slipping inside a borderline pick by Sterling Shepard to beat cornerback Kevin White on a quick arrow route for a first down. A few snaps later and versatile back Trey Millard ran eight yards for a touchdown to give the Sooners a 10-0 in front of a passionate Norman crowd. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/10/2013 - Top Prospect of Week Six: TCU CB Jason Verrett...With passing attacks terrorizing defenses at all levels of football, cover corners have never been more valuable than now. Entering the 2013 season, Ohio State's Bradley Roby, Florida's Loucheiz Purifoy and Oregon's Ifo Ekpre-Olomu were among the stellar athletes scouts were hoping would emerge to help combat today's sophisticated attacks. Each possesses the size and physicality to intrigue. Over the first third of the season, however, the most impressive coverage defender I've come across thus far has been TCU's Verrett, a 5-foot-10, 178-pound blur whose awareness and athleticism helped limit a normally explosive Oklahoma offense to just 152 passing yards and zero touchdowns through the air Oct. 5.

Since Gary Patterson took over the reins at TCU, the Horned Frogs have emerged as one of the nation's more consistent contributors of disciplined, technically sound defenders. Verrett, a junior college transfer who led the Big 12 with 16 passes broken up and six interceptions last year, plays with the awareness we've come to expect from TCU. As he demonstrated in racking up six tackles and two passes broken up in the 20-17 loss to No. 11 Oklahoma, Verrett also possesses extraordinary quickness, balance, fluidity and hand-eye coordination. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/10/2013 - Top Prospect of Week Six: TCU CB Jason Verrett...On the Sooners' next drive, Bell was a little more aggressive, attempting to beat Verrett on a 15-yard deep out to 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior wideout Lacolton Bester. Bell's throw was accurate and Bester appeared open but Verrett's burst back to the ball was impressive and he was able to bat away the pass with his right hand. Most impressively, he was able to deflect the pass without touching the wideout. While Verrett's coverage ability is impressive, his lack of preferred size is a concern that could keep some teams from stamping him with a first round grade. Verrett plays bigger than his size, showing the willingness to take on large ball-carriers, including tackling the 6-foot-6, 252-pound Bell in the open field. However, the Sooners repeatedly ran in his direction because Verrett can get tied up with physical blockers.

Further, while he did not miss a tackle in this contest and is well known for his scrappy play in run support, Verrett relies on wrapping his arms around ball carriers' legs to bring them down, rather than delivering a forceful blow. While Verrett's lack of size is an obvious concern, he ranks at the top of NFLDraftScout.com's board among senior cornerbacks. If he continues his stellar play and runs well in pre-draft workouts, he could join pass rusher Jerry Hughes (Colts selected him No. 31 in 2010) and the great LaDainian Tomlinson (Chargers selected him No. 5 in 2001) as the only TCU players to earn first-round selections since 1984. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/12/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB Jason Verrett is asked at times to come up and pinch in on opposing rushers, as well as serve as one of the top lockdown cover men in the country. He has 14 tackles and also shares the Big 12 lead for pass breakups (four) with CB Kevin White. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 19. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU (5-10, 182): Verrett lacks the size so en vogue in today's NFL, but agility and ball skills never go out of style for cornerbacks. Verrett led the Big 12 with 22 passes defended and six interceptions in 2012, and proved up to the task of playing with the big boys in the Horned Frogs' 2013 season opener, standing out against LSU with seven tackles, a sack and three passes broken up. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/31/2013 - ROB RANG'S 08/30/13 BIG BOARD: 19. CB Jason Verrett, TCU (5-10, 182, 4.49) -- Verrett lacks the size so en vogue in today's NFL, but agility and ball-skills never go out of style for cornerbacks. Verrett led the Big 12 with 22 passes defended and six interceptions in 2012. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/31/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB Jason Verrett earned All-American honors last season when he led the Big 12 with six interceptions and 22 breakups, yet is only one of several playmakers in a solid TCU secondary. Verrett considered leaving TCU after struggling in his very first game, yet is now one of the nation's top lockdown corners. - The Sports Xchange

08/27/2013 - GRADING CBSSPORTS.COM'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM AS NFL PROSPECTS: CB Jason Verrett, TCU (5-10, 180, Sr.)...A former JUCO transfer, Verrett went from a little-known reserve to one of the best defenders in the Big 12 conference over the past two seasons. He was among the NCAA leaders in interceptions last season (6) and has put himself in position to be a first-round cornerback and the top senior drafted at his position. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/12/2013 - TOP TCU PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. CB Jason Verrett (5-10, 182, 4.49)...Widely considered to be the top senior at his position and a projected first-round pick, Verrett is an easy player to like with his aggressive ball-hawking skills. A California native, he attended Santa Rosa Junior College out of high school where he started out as a wide receiver but switched to cornerback because he felt that was his best chance to get noticed by FBS schools. After one season in junior college, he transferred to TCU and earned a starting job in his first season. The following season as a junior, Verrett emerged as one of the top defensive backs in the nation, finishing tied for the conference lead in interceptions with six.

Verrett has a fluid body type with good footwork and hip action to easily turn and adjust his frame. He is like a magnet to the ball with his aggressive nature, flashing the improved instincts and awareness to come off his man and make a play at the catch point with terrific ball skills. Verrett has quick read/react skills to match his confidence when alone on an island to trust what he sees, baiting and driving on throws with excellent burst and timing. He isn't an elite size/speed athlete and will pop out of his backpedal prematurely, struggling to play with consistent pad level, but there is far more good than bad when it comes to the TCU defensive back. Verrett is one of my favorite NFL prospects this year and has all the makings of a future starting cornerback at the highest level of football. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/12/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: CB Jason Verrett caused havoc for opponents with his ball-hawking ways in 2012, compiling 63 tackles, five tackles for losses, six interceptions and 22 passes deflected. Next year Verrett is a sure-fire preseason all-conference selection and might receive some All-American attention. - The Sports Xchange

07/22/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): DB Jason Verrett, TCU, Sr/2L, Fairfield, Calif.,...Verrett, a 2012 All-American, was named by CollegeFootballNews.com as the nation's top cornerback. He's on watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Jim Thorpe Award and Lott Trophy.

Verrett topped the Big 12 last season in interceptions (six) and passes defended (22). He was the only player nationally to rank in the top 10 in both categories, tying for second in passes defended and sixth in interceptions. He also blocked a West Virginia field-goal attempt in the first overtime that paved the way for TCU to win 39-38 in double overtime. - TCU football

07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: DB Jason Verrett, TCU...TCU is one of just 11 schools nationally to have more than one player on the list. Verrett, a 2012 All-American, was named by CollegeFootballNews.com as the nation's top cornerback. He's on watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Jim Thorpe Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy. In voting by his teammates, Verrett was selected as TCU's Dan Rogers Most Valuable Player. He was the first defensive back to receive the award since cornerback Tony Rand in 1992. Verrett was also the first defensive player to be the Dan Rogers MVP since Jerry Hughes in 2009.

Verrett topped the Big 12 in interceptions (six) and passes defended (22). He was the only player nationally to rank in the top 10 in both categories, tying for second in passes defended and sixth in interceptions. The six picks were the most by a Horned Frog since Jason Goss had eight in 2002. Verrett's 16 pass breakups represent the highest total at TCU since Goss had 24 in 2002. A native of Fairfield, Calif., Verrett tied for fourth on TCU with 63 tackles, including five for loss. The 63 stops mark the most by a cornerback in Gary Patterson's 12 seasons as TCU's head coach. - TCU football

07/12/2013 - 2013 JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST: CB Jason Verrett TCU...Verrett topped the Big 12 in interceptions (six) and passes defended (22). He was the only player nationally to rank in the top 10 in both categories, tying for second in passes defended and sixth in interceptions.

Verrett's six picks were the most by a Horned Frog since Jason Goss had eight in 2002. Verrett's 16 pass breakups represent the highest total at TCU since Goss had 24 in 2002. A native of Fairfield, Calif., Verrett tied for fourth on TCU with 63 tackles, including five for loss. The 63 stops mark the most by a cornerback in Gary Patterson's 12 seasons as TCU's head coach. - TCU football

07/12/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Jason Verrett, TCU, DB...A native of Fairfield, Calif., Verrett tied for fourth on TCU with 63 tackles, including five for loss. The 63 stops mark the most by a cornerback in Gary Patterson's 12 seasons as TCU's head coach. Verrett also blocked a West Virginia field-goal attempt in the first overtime that paved the way for TCU to win 39-38 in double overtime. - TCU football

07/12/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: CB Jason Verrett, TCU...Verrett, the San Antonio Express-News 2012 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, was named by CollegeFootballNews.com as the nation's top cornerback. In voting by his teammates, Verrett was selected as TCU's Dan Rogers Most Valuable Player.

He was the first defensive back to receive the award since cornerback Tony Rand in 1992. Verrett was also the first defensive player to be the Dan Rogers MVP since Jerry Hughes in 2009. Verrett topped the Big 12 in interceptions (six) and passes defended (22). He was the only player nationally to rank in the top 10 in both categories, tying for second in passes defended and sixth in interceptions. - TCU football

05/17/2013 - 2013 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU...Verrett, the San Antonio Express-News 2012 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, was tabbed by CollegeFootballNews.com as the nation's top cornerback. In voting by his teammates, Verrett was selected as TCU's Dan Rogers Most Valuable Player. He was the first defensive back to receive the award since cornerback Tony Rand in 1992. Verrett was also the first defensive player to be the Dan Rogers MVP since Hughes in 2009.

Verrett topped the Big 12 in interceptions (six) and passes defended (22). He was the only player nationally to rank in the top 10 in both categories, tying for second in passes defended and sixth in interceptions. Verrett's six picks were the most by a Horned Frog since Jason Goss had eight in 2002. Verrett's 16 pass breakups represent the highest total at TCU since Goss had 24 in 2002.

A native of Fairfield, Calif., Verrett tied for fourth on TCU with 63 tackles, including five for loss. The 63 stops mark the most by a cornerback in Gary Patterson's 12 seasons as TCU's head coach. Verrett also blocked a West Virginia field-goal attempt in the first overtime that paved the way for TCU to win 39-38 in double overtime. - TCU football

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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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