Jason Verrett, Cornerback
Height/Weight: 5'10"/176 pounds
It is almost a foregone conclusion that the 49ers will need to focus on their secondary this offseason.
No. 1 cornerback Tarell Brown has put together a solid season, totaling 12 pass deflections and 32 tackles in 2013. He is also in the final year of a three-year, $9.112 million contract.
Brown will be looking for a big contract this offseason.
In addition to Brown, fellow corner Carlos Rogers is also a point of 49ers' contractual concerns. While under contract through 2015, Rogers is making an average salary of $7.325 million per year. For a 32-year-old corner whose defensive skills have steadily declined, that is a lot of cash for the 49ers to be dishing out.
Tack on a pending departure of cornerback Eric Wright, and San Francisco needs help in the secondary.
Brown and Wright could walk this offseason. Rogers may be forced to renegotiate his contract or potentially be released to save money.
Whatever transpires, the 49ers need defensive help in the backfield.
2013 has been a good year for San Francisco's secondary—a season that saw it rank seventh in the league in passing yards against.
Let us assume for a moment that the 49ers elect to spend one of their early picks on a corner.
Perhaps that pick should be used on TCU cornerback Jason Verrett.
Projected by CBS Sports to go late in the first round, or early in the second, Verrett could be the type of talented corner San Francisco needs to supplement the potential losses of Brown, Wright and potentially Rogers.
CBS Sports' Dane Brugler had this to say about Verrett:
He has smooth hips to easily turn and adjust, showing the fluid footwork to drive quickly on the ball with very good read/react skills. Verrett's best traits are his ball-hawking ability to bait throws and the timing and confidence to undercut routes, looking like a magnet to the ball. He also has good toughness and strength for the position, routinely throwing his body around and making plays in run support.
Ball-hawking corners are never a bad thing in the NFL and San Francisco could use another one to buffer the interception abilities of 2014 standout Tramaine Brock.
Verrett could very well be that guy.
No wonder why Brugler has the 49ers picking Verrett in the first round.
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Peter Panacy is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report, covering the San Francisco 49ers. Follow him @PeterMcShots on Twitter.