NFL prospect Jason Verrett will gut it out for as long as possible, as the TCU cornerback is choosing to delay surgery on a torn labrum until after the Horned Frogs' pro day, per CBSSports.com's Dane Brugler:
TCU CB Jason Verrett going the Dee Milliner route, will have shoulder surgery after Pro Day (March 21). Played most of 2013 w/ torn labrum— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) February 23, 2014
As Brugler said, New York Jets cornerback Dee Milliner faced similar circumstances last year, waiting until after the combine but opting to have the surgery before Alabama's pro day. That was one of five reported surgeries before he was drafted.
That didn't stop Milliner from being drafted No. 9 overall in 2013.
While this is a stumbling block for Verrett, it shouldn't radically alter his draft stock. Dave Siebert, a medical analyst for Bleacher Report described what a torn labrum entails and how it would affect a player like Verrett.
Ultimately, he came to this conclusion:
His recovery time will depend on the extent of damage within the joint—which, despite MRI imaging, will not be precisely known until his surgeon directly observes the inside of the joint while in the operating room—but it can approach three or four months.
Fortunately, Verrett will surely work with some of the best surgeons and physical therapists out there. As long as no complications arise—and there is not yet reason to think any will—his draft stock will likely remain intact.
It helps that he's been performing well in the buildup to the draft.
Verrett ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the combine, which was tied for second-best among the defensive backs who ran in Indianapolis, per College Football 24/7:
Four fastest official DB 40 times (all sub-4.4s): Justin Gilbert 4.37 Philip Gaines 4.38 Jason Verrett 4.38 Bradley Roby 4.39 #NFLCombine— CollegeFootball 24/7 (@NFL_CFB) February 25, 2014
He's considered one of the best CBs available, and B/R's Matt Miller had him ranked No. 22 overall on his most recent big board.
The shoulder has been giving Verrett problems throughout the 2013 season.
"I had a torn labrum, the back of my labrum, but I played the rest of the season." he said, per Rob Rang of CBSSports.com.
Finally getting it back to 100 percent might actually encourage NFL teams more than the fact that he needed the surgery in the first place.
Verrett noted how important it is that he remain healthy, so the surgery needed to happen.
"I feel like I showed toughness throughout my whole career," he said. "Being the size that I am, I'm going to have to be a lot more physical than the bigger guys."
As long as he can fully recover in time to get ready for training camp, it's unlikely that teams will balk at taking Verrett in the first round, surgery or not.