The NFL Draft will be here before we know it. May 8th is right around the corner. Many analysts are projecting five corner backs to be selected in the first round. The San Francisco 49ers are set to make the 30th selection in the first round and there is a good chance that they select one of those five corners. Today we will take a look at one of the day one 49ers draft prospects in TCU corner Jason Verrett.
Verrett has some of the best footwork in this whole draft class. Deion Sanders has stated that Verrett is one of the most impressive defensive backs at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. He is a bit undersized but his ability to mirror smaller receivers along with his gritty style of play makes him a perfect match for the nickel position. Verrett is a tough, feisty corner that will fight for every pass that is thrown his way. This is shown by his having the most pass breakups out of all players in college football over the last two years. He is able to use his anticipation and jumping ability to prevent receivers from catching the ball against him.
“Being the size that I am, I have to be a lot more physical than the bigger guys. I feel like I showed that. I believe that I am the best corner in this draft. I am very confident in my abilities. My physicality, toughness, quick feet and ball hawking skills are what makes me the best. I am able to transfer from A to B with fluid hips and my quickness.”
Quick twitch is the best way to describe Jason Verrett. He plays the game with a great degree of suddenness. He is not afraid of physical contact either. Verrett has no problem mixing it up against the run. He actually plays much bigger than his size. TCU took advantage of his speed and tenacity by using him on corner blitzes. Verrett will consistently make plays on the ball. He will start out as primarily a nickel corner but he could emerge into a solid number two corner playing on the outside.
How will he help the 49ers? Verrett is the answer to the trouble that the 49ers have struggled with in the past. He will take over the nickel spot right away. The 49ers tend to use less press technique which is fine for Verrett because of his elite athleticism. He has fluid hips to turn and run with wide receivers and his has an extraordinary vertical which will allow him to make plays on the ball.
NFL Comparison: Antoine Winfield. Like Winfield, Verrett is a smaller corner but has no problem being physical. Both of these players can be very disruptive when blitzing from the nickel spot. Winfield sustained a long career in the NFL due to his value as a nickel corner. Look for Verrett to do just the same.
5-9 189 pounds
30 5/8 inch arms
9 1/4 inch hands
4.38 40 yd dash
4.00 20 yd shuttle
39.0 inch vertical
10.7 broad jump
19 reps bench press (at his pro day)
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