Jason Verrett CB TCU #2
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Size/Athleticism: Less than ideal height and overall bulk. Very short arms (30.5″) which further limits his ability to be effective against bigger receivers. Elite speed. A very fluid, natural athlete.
Coverage: Has the speed to run with any receiver. Will struggle in certain matchups, especially when battling for jump balls with more physical receivers. Elite leaping ability, but due to his height and short arms he still struggles to battle for jump balls against bigger receivers. Gets pushed around easily. Occasionally lined up deep in zone coverage, essentially acting as an extra safety in certain sets for TCU. Savvy in his approach and is capable of positioning himself inside or outside the receiver to dictate their movement, especially against smaller receivers who can’t easily fight through him.
Ball skills: Does a great job reading the quarterback and is capable of adjusting to the ball like a receiver. Exceptional body control and is capable of making some acrobatic attempts to get his hand on the ball.
Run support: Elite closing speed. Used on blitzes occasionally and can be disruptive due to the speed at which he can fly into the backfield. Does not back down against bigger running backs. Not a strong wrap-up tackler due to his size, but closes quickly enough that he can consistently wrap up the ball carrier around the legs.
Intangibles: Did not receive any scholarship offers out of high school. Recruited to TCU out of JUCO in 2011. Worked hard to get where he is and is well respected by teammates and coaches. Tough and willing to play through injuries.
Durability: Played through a torn labrum in 2013 and underwent surgery after his pro day in March which may delay his participate in offseason workouts as a rookie. Played through a torn meniscus in 2012 and delayed surgery until the offseason.
Comments: Verrett doesn’t have the measurables, but you can’t ignore his production. He’s a high-energy, high-effort playmaker who jumps out when watching TCU. His physical tools definitely limit his game and he will struggle in certain matchups at the next level. But he has the tools to be a starting cornerback and will excel immediately if he can be paired with a bigger corner to handle the more physical matchups.