DCJason Verrett

TCU — Big 12
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Weight: 176
  • Hometown: Fairfield, Calif
  • Age: 22

Background

Jason will be a 23-year-old NFL rookie in 2014. A two-time all-league selection at Rodriguez High School in Fairfield, CA, he only weighed 155lbs and spent one season at Santa Rosa Junior College (CA) before signing with TCU.

In JC, he was a first team All-Conference choice in 2010 and then started 10 of 13 games for the Horned Frogs in 2011. He totaled 58 total tackles, broke up four passes and recorded an interception as a first year starter and earned honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference honors.

In 2012, Jason started all 13 games and was recognized by SI.com as a first team All-American and a third team Associated Press All-American after registering 63 total tackles, 16 pass break-ups and six interceptions.

Through the first three games of 2013, he has 15 total tackles, 10 pass break-ups and a sack. Jason is a sports broadcasting major and is expected to graduate in General Studies.

Pre-Draft Participation

N/A

Summary

Jason is a three-year starter at cornerback for TCU after his transfer from Santa Rosa Junior College (CA). With “three-to-play-three” for the Horned Frogs, he started 10 of 13 games as a sophomore before having a breakout junior year in 2012.

Even though he is short, Jason has some development in his upper body and has long arms for his height. He has a slight bow in his legs, but bends his knees well and has excellent agility and balance overall. Athletically, he has very light feet, initial and lateral quickness and a burst in his acceleration. Instinct-wise, he uses his eyes well, understands TCU’s zone and man concepts and plays with an aggressive nature. In run support, he will fill from the outside and will mix it up. Although he can get run through at times, he is tough and does not back off contact. In man-to-man, from off, he can pedal to the inside, then plant and drive with efficiency on passes in front of him. In press, Jason uses his hands well and can mirror/shadow cover across or down the field.

The major issue he will face in the NFL is confronting and then defending the over-sized wide receivers that can use their height to body position and then “rebound” the football, especially in the Red Zone. As for pure zone coverage, he plays Quarters from a half-turn, reads the pattern combinations and reacts accordingly. Jason provides “off-side” help on routes coming into his area and will attempt to deliver a blow to the receiver after the catch. He possesses quality ball skills and judges the football in the air with no apparent problems.

Overall, with so much Nickel defense being utilized against 11 personnel (1RB/1TE/3WR), this prospect is a plug-in and play rookie on the inside with the potential to start on the outside in due time. His drafting team will have to live with him being consistently out-sized and trust that his speed, instincts, toughness, cover ability and ball skills will win the day. Regardless, Jason will be expected to contribute right away in the secondary and on special teams (where he is also capable of returning punts).

WHAT THE NFL SCOUTS WANT TO SEE IN 2013: For Jason, when challenged by bigger WR’s, to defend them with his poise and feisty temperament, while avoiding pass interference calls downfield. 

-- Phil Savage, Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director