jason verrett

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tcu horned frogs
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cornerback

Size: 5'9, 189

Senior

6
52


Arm Length: 30 5/8 inch   40: 4.38   Bench: N/A   Vertical: 39 inch   3-cone: 6.69   broad: 10 ft 8 inch


Shawn's grade: 2nd Round Pick: Jason Verrett is a skilled cover corner who excels in man coverage. Experienced and very productive at the collegiate level, Verrett projects best early on as a true nickel back where his lack of height and quick feet would be best served. He has the instincts and competitive drive to potentially develop into a team's No. 2 corner down the road, however his short height and lack of length cap his ceiling and will make it difficult for him to match up outside against bigger receivers. Verrett is a tough, feisty defensive back who has a lot to like, yet the glaring concern with his size will be something that may hold him back, and limits his upside. Statistically compares to Richard Marshall out of Fresno State in 2006.

Bio: Three-year starter with 34 career starts at TCU. Finished his career with the Horned Frogs with 160 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, one sack, 34 pass breakups, nine interceptions, and one forced fumble; his best statistical season came in 2012 as a junior when he tallied 63 tackles, five tackles for loss, 16 pass breakups, and six interceptions. Owns a short, lean build with plenty of room to grow and average length for the position.

Pros: True cover corner who can play both press and off in man coverage; also experienced working in pattern coverages. Owns natural eyes for the position with an instinctive nature and great read-and-react skills. Tough, aggressive defender in press who is very good at getting his hands on the receiver and riding him down the field. In off-man, he shows the awareness and instincts to backpedal off the ball while reading the receiver's route and planting to drive downhill and make a play on the ball when the receiver breaks at the stem of the route. Possesses great short area quickness to change directions on a dime, and owns the transition and change of direction skills desired at the position. Fluid with loose hips to turn and run with ease in coverage. Owns the straight-line speed to run with receivers; also flashes a burst to close in addition to the recovery speed to catch up to a receiver. Great balance in his back pedal; consistently stays on the balls of his feet and owns the acceleration to suffocate receivers with his ability to change directions so quickly in space.

Very instinctive and shows the awareness and recognition skills to find the ball and make a play. One of the best in the country at playing the ball in the air; savvy player who understands how to wait until the last second to extend out and deflect the pass away when riding in the receiver's hip pocket. Tracks the ball very well down the field. Has a knack for attacking the ball in the air and was extremely productive during his career with a fantastic 43 passes defended in just three years at TCU. Times his jumps very well and owns enough of a vertical to consistently contend in jump ball situations. Aggressive player in the run game who uses his lack of size to his advantage in taking on ball carriers low and with good form; reliable open field tackler who is not afraid to stick his nose into the mix. Very good special teams player who will be able to contribute here early in his career. Very tough; played through a torn labrum in his shoulder in 2013.

Cons: Short arms. Lack of height and length could limit him at the next level. Lacks the height that is desired to match up with the bigger receivers that he'll face at the next level. Needs to get stronger and continue to fill out. Will struggle to shed blocks on the perimeter due to his lack of size and strength. Needs to work on playing more under control when attempting to make a tackle; at times misses tackles due to over-aggressiveness. Limited experience in zone coverage. Durability could be a concern coming off a torn labrum, and given his small stature, could be more prone to injuries.

Background: Named second-team All-American in 2013; third-team All-American in 2012. Named first-team All-Big 12 in 2012 and 2013; honorable mention All-Mountain West in 2011. Played the majority of the 2013 season with a torn labrum in his shoulder; the injury will force him to undergo surgery prior to the draft and will need to be evaluated by NFL teams. Has no known off-field concerns. He did not qualify academically out of high school and went the JUCO route where he spent one year at Santa Rosa Junior College. Coming out of Santa Rosa he was rated as a three-star prospect and the No. 35 JUCO prospect in the country by Rivals.com; he turned down offers from Boise State, San Jose State, and UTEP. In his lone season (2010) at Santa Rosa he intercepted five passes and returned two of them for touchdowns. He attended Rodriguez High School in Fairfield, California where he played running back and defensive back.

 


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