In order to familiarize fans with some of the top names in the 2014 NFL Draft, Chargers.com will be highlighting a different prospect each weekday leading up to the first day of the draft on May 8th.
We continue the series with a scouting report of TCU’s Jason Verrett.
Name: Jason Verrett
School: Texas Christian
The naysayers want to keep knocking Jason Verrett for his stature, as he measures 5-9, 189-pounds.
To their chagrin, all the cornerback has done is proven them wrong with a game that resonates big and loud.
A three-year starter at TCU after transferring from Santa Rosa Junior College, Verrett has a nose for breaking up passes. He recorded 41 passes defensed with the Horned Frogs, including an incredible 22 in 2012. In addition, he notched 160 tackles and nine interceptions during his three seasons in Fort Worth. In 2013, Verrett posted 39 tackles, 14 passes defensed, 3.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, one sack and one forced fumble. As a result, he was a Second-Team All-American selection, co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year recipient and semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the top defensive back in the nation.
Some analysts say Verrett is in the mold of Cortland Finnegan, a standout All Pro with a similar build. A quick twitch athlete with tremendous explosion, he has a knack for making the big play. Instinctive and feisty, he is a pest to deal with. Verrett is extremely aggressive, not afraid to go blow-for-blow against bigger wide receivers, often coming out on top.
Many were eager to see how the corner would perform at the Scouting Combine, and he delivered an impressive performance that seemingly solidified his standing as a top defensive back prospect. His 4.38 40-yard dash was the second fastest for his position, just 1/100th off the pace for the top finish. More impressively, even though he is one of the smaller corners available, he posted the third highest vertical leap (39.0 inches).
Clearly, Verrett plays bigger than his 5-9 frame. Thus, based on his production in college and unique skillset, many expect to hear his name called early in May.
40-yard Dash: 4.38
Vertical Jump: 39.0 inches
Broad Jump: 128.0 inches
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