2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU Horned Frogs


Oct 13, 2012; Waco, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs cornerback Jason Verrett (2) defends against the Baylor Bears during the game at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Frogs defeated the Bears 49-21. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 178 pounds

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Scouting Report/Player Notes

Really good looking cornerback prospect, even with potential size issue. Might measure out at the Combine at under 5’10”, but that shouldn’t prevent him from being a potential first round pick. Verrett has a nose for the ball, and led the Big 12 in passes broken up (16) on his way to a first-team All-American selection and putting himself in the first round discussion for the 2014 NFL Draft. The former junior college transfer is a tough, physical corner who has great speed to get upfield, and might be one of the most effective corners in the country in run support. Does a great job of turning his hips and running with receivers, though he can get shielded by bigger receivers at times. At his best pressing the receiver at the line of scrimmage, and he’s also really effective blitzing and making plays in the backfield, as evidenced by his five tackles for loss last season. Really a complete cornerback who doesn’t possess elite size but makes up for it with great instincts and tackling ability. Teams will start to not throw this guy’s way any day now, and his stats will likely take a bit of a dip in 2013. At the NFL level, I see him as a first round corner if he continues to make these kinds of improvements. He can play outside, or he could even kick inside and be a lock down nickel cornerback, a position that is becoming more and more critical in today’s NFL.

This is a player I really like. You can see he plays with a lot of heart and he’s capable of taking a receiver out of a game completely. Even when the ball isn’t thrown to his man, he closes in on plays and makes more tackles than a lot of star cornerbacks are willing to.

Career Highlights (via TCU athletics site)

2012: Started all 13 games … named a first-team All-American by SI.com, to the Walter Camp All-America Second Team and the AP All-America third team … selected to the All-Big 12 first team by the league’s coaches and the league’s media … had 63 tackles (46 solo, 17 assists), including five tackles for loss … led the team with six interceptions and 16 pass breakups … also had the only blocked kick for TCU … first in the Big 12 with 1.78 passes defended per game, a figure that ranks third nationally … second in the Big 12 in total interceptions tied for sixth in the NCAA with six picks … … only player in the nation ranked in the top 10 in interceptions and passes defended … posted four tackles in the season opener with Grambling State … had three solo tackles and career-best four pass breakups in the win at Kansas … grabbed two interceptions at SMU and had a tackle for loss … had a pick in the second-straight game with one at Baylor … also added a pass breakup against the Bears … ran his streak of consecutive games with an interception to three with one in the game against Texas Tech … defended four passes in the game with three pass breakups … also set career highs in solo tackles (9) and total tackles (11), two of which were for loss, in the Texas Tech game … all four of his tackles at Oklahoma State were solo stops … made four solo tackles at West Virginia, one of which was behind the line of scrimmage … snagged his fifth interception of the year against the Mountaineers and returned it 16 yards to set up a TCU touchdown … blocked a field goal in overtime at West Virginia to force the second overtime, where TCU went on to claim victory … tallied four tackles (three solo) against Kansas State … made seven tackles, including five solo, in the Thanksgiving night win at Texas … also added his sixth interception of the season to go along with a pass breakup … four of his five tackles in the season finale against Oklahoma were solo and also broke up a pass … had 12 total tackles in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, including a tackle-for-loss and two pass break-ups.

2011: Honorable-mention All-Mountain West selection … appeared in all 13 games with 10 starts … his 58 tackles, which ranked fifth on the team, were the most by a TCU cornerback since 2001 … registered at least four tackles in eight of the 12 games … tallied a career-best and team-high nine stops against SMU … had six-tackle performances against Louisiana-Monroe, Portland State, San Diego State and Wyoming … all five of his stops against Colorado State were solo stops … recorded six tackles, including 1 1/2 for loss, and his first career interception at San Diego State.

Junior College: Ranked by Rivals.com as the sixth-best junior college defensive back … also listed 35th nationally for overall JC players … a first-team all-conference selection in 2010 … recorded five interceptions while returning two kickoffs for touchdowns.


Jason Verrett defensive stats via CFBStats.com

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