BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford
The 2014 NFL Draft is nearly a year away and the 2013 season is yet to begin, but we at BBD are pushing forward and continuing to give in-depth analysis of several players to look for as the offseason progresses.
One player who should be on every Buffalo Bills fan’s radar is TCU CB Jason Verrett. Verrett could possibly be the top-rated cornerback to enter the 2014 NFL draft and fans should make an effort to watch him play. As many Bills fans are aware, Buffalo did not draft a cornerback in the 2013 draft and Verrett may be on Buffalo’s early short list.
The cornerback position could potentially be very high on Buffalo’s draft needs. Verrett represents a first-round selection who would nicely compliment Stephon Gilmore and give Buffalo two young, productive cornerbacks.
Let’s take a closer look at potential Buffalo Bills first-round pick Jason Verrett.
Verrett is a junior college transfer who started 23 consecutive games for TCU. He is listed at 5’10” and 176 pounds by TCU’s official website, and is projected by NFL Draft Scout to run a 4.49-second 40-yard dash.
Verrett has developed into one of the top cover cornerbacks in the Big 12. He led the Big 12 last season in interceptions (six) and led the nation in passes defended (22), making him the only cornerback to rank in the top 10 in both categories. He also finished fourth on TCU’s defense last season with 63 tackles.
Jeff Reynolds of The Sports Xchange feels Verrett will not maintain his 2012 statistics in 2013 simply because “opponents will steer clear” of this shutdown corner in the making.
As the video below will show, Verrett is used in a variety of zone and man to man packages. He was very good at shedding blocks and providing quality run support. He has good footwork and breaks down well before tackling. He was used frequently on corner blitz packages.
Verrett is the type of defender who throws his body all over the field. He has very good football instincts and has appears to be around the football when he needs to be. These good instincts will serve him well at the next level.
Verrett tallied three pass defenses last season versus Texas Tech. While he did give up a back shoulder throw and a few other completions he, for the most part, had very tight coverage on his receivers. Verrett consistently locked down his opponents in coverage last season.
Verrett had a strong game in run support in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl versus Michigan State. He had 12 tackles against the Spartans, his highest total of the season. In addition to his run support, he displayed very fluid hips in coverage. He altered his blitzing to assist with run support. His tackling ability is also worthy of note.