Potential Bills in 2014 NFL Draft: TCU CB Jason Verrett

Character/Intangibles

Verrett has no noted character issues to date. He has had no issues in college that should warrant him falling down NFL draft boards. As mentioned earlier, he was voted by his team as the 2012 team MVP, which shows he is a respected member of the TCU program. He is a leader with great skills and solid character.

Injury History

Verrett suffered a torn meniscus versus Texas last season, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. While this is a painful injury, Verrett played through it in the team’s final two games versus Oklahoma and the Michigan State bowl game. Even while injured, Verrett played great. He shut down Oklahoma wide receiver Kenny Stills, who was a fifth-round pick in the 2013 draft by the New Orleans Saints. He had offseason surgery to repair his meniscus, but should make a full recovery in time for the 2013 season.

2014 Draft Prognosis

Two years ago, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III almost made Verrett quit football. Verrett gave up three of Baylor’s six passing touchdowns in that game, which caused Verrett to question his ability, as outlined in a story by Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

What a difference a few years have made. Verrett is now viewed as one of the top prospects in the 2014 NFL draft class. He is ranked as the No. 12 overall prospect for 2014 by CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler, the No. 25 overall prospect by ESPN’s Todd McShay (subscription required), and is among NFL Draft Scout’s Jeff Reynolds‘ “21 to watch” for 2014.

Verrett is clearly very high in the cornerback rankings for many looking at the 2014 draft. Those judging Verrett by statistics may find themselves looking back at 2012 for numbers: he will not be targeted as often in 2013, and may not put up similar numbers. But as it stands right now, Verrett is a first-round talent in the 2014 NFL draft and could be one of the top two cornerbacks to come off the board.

Why He is a Potential Bill

The connection is simple here for the Bills. Buffalo will need a cornerback in the next draft. The Bills had huge needs at other positions this offseason that needed to be addressed. With many of those positions addressed (quarterback, wide receiver, linebacker), the Bills will be looking to firm up the cornerback position in 2014.

Personally, Verrett reminds me of Bills second-year cornerback Stephon Gilmore. Both have good coverage skills and excel in man-to-man situations. Both are high-character guys who are working at constant improvement. Both have good instincts and are exceptional tacklers. Both are very good in run support.

Verrett has the athleticism and toughness that new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will want in his cornerbacks.

If you have the opportunity to watch the Horned Frogs play, keep an eye on Verrett. He could be very high on the Bills’ draft board. He would be a perfect complement to Stephon Gilmore and would add depth to the Bills secondary.

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