Jason Verrett, CB, TCU (HT: 5’9¼”; WT: 189 lbs)
First Round: 25th Pick
NFL Comparison: Alterraun Verner, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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- Attacks the ball after locating it, which leads to many defensed passes and interception opportunities.
- Showed great finishing ability after he ended his decorated career with nine interceptions and 34 passes defensed.
- Can close quickly with very good short-area quickness. He'll be able to match up with even the best slot receivers in the NFL due to his burst and mirror ability.
- Great body control helps reduce wasted movement when transitioning from backpedal. With the highest average time to throw a pass being just over three seconds, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), even one wasted step can cost the defense dearly.
- Reads the eyes of the quarterback well and stays attached at the hip of the receiver throughout the route.
- Never gave up chunk plays during his senior season at TCU and excelled when the play was broken or extended due to discipline, a rare trait for a collegiate defender.
- Keeps pad level low and is bouncy in his stance. Verrett's sudden burst in the flats and on comebacks could lead to game-changing pick-six plays.
- An effective tackler in the run game; squares up with the ball-carrier, stays low and hits with force. Could be the best in the class at run defense and mentality.
- Projects as an excellent nickelback when considering size, lateral agility and run support. With more offenses transitioning to three-wide receiver sets, a premier nickelback has great value.
- Can be too aggressive when going for the ball; has to time contact better so he doesn’t draw penalties.
- Lack of natural size and strength are evident on fade routes and jump balls. Verrett was vulnerable when placed on an island with bigger receivers and could continue to be picked on if he's an outside receiver.
- Struggles shedding blocks and setting the edge in the run game. Not only is he lacking strength but his hand usage is also poor. To become a quality run defender, he will need to improve his technique against blockers.
- Watches the receiver more than the ball; will have more opportunities for interceptions and deflections if he turns his head quicker. His anticipation and timing are average when the play isn't in front of him and he is running downfield with a receiver.
- Burn percentage of 34 percent in man coverage, often losing due to size and strength.
- Graduated in 2013 with a degree in communications.
- Transferred to TCU prior to the 2011 season; was ranked as the sixth-best JUCO defensive back.
- Was named a Walter Camp All-American twice and was Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
Verrett had an impressive tenure while at Texas Christian University, earning multiple honors after each of his three seasons. He routinely locked down the best opposing receiver using his strong athleticism and solid technique. Despite having a smaller, 5'10", 176-pound frame, Verrett projects as a top-notch slot cornerback that should see the field early in his career. With teams playing more three-cornerback sets, Verrett’s value should not be hurt if he must play nickelback.
Draft Projection: 1st Round