As we approach the 2014 NFL Draft, I want to start taking a more in-depth look together at some of the top players that could be available when the Broncos are on the clock at pick number 31 overall.
First today, we’re going to look at TCU cornerback Jason Verrett, an All-American who has been a dominant player at times for the Horned Frogs over the past couple of years. Here is a quick look at Verrett’s measurables and career numbers:
Wt: 189 pounds
40 time: 4.36
Pass breakups: 14
- Extremel fluid athlete, who is a former offensive skill player that has supreme instincts at the CB position
- Aggressive mentality
- Willing and capable tackler
- Exceptional speed for the position, as well as quickness
- Versatility to cover the slot or outside receivers
- Ability to win at the highest point
- Three-year starter
- Highly productive collegiate star
- Very good special teams player
- Not elite size
- Minor durability concerns
- Aggressiveness can cost him sometimes in terms of penalties
Things to Note
- Verrett spent time at JUCO to start his collegiate career due to grades
Why Does He Fit the Broncos?
The Broncos are looking to find a way to create more turnovers defensively, and Verrett is a guy who could be a real help toward achieving that in the late portion of the first round. He’s only 5’10″ which slightly limits his NFL ceiling, but the Broncos could use him both on the inside as a slot corner and on the outside against receivers of similar size and Verrett could certainly hold his own.
He has the look of a very good starting NFL cornerback who will go later in the first round than he should because of his size, and with the Broncos’ secondary talent already, Verrett could really ease into a role and develop with some of the other star players they have at the position (Talib, Harris).
Verrett’s Best Game
Here you’ll see Verrett going against LSU and two guys who are regarded as some of the top prospects in the draft at their respective positions — WR Odell Beckham Jr. and QB Zach Mettenberger. You’ll also see him playing inside and outside in this game, and allowing just one catch to OBJ.