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Drafted By: Chargers
  • Round 1
  • Pick 25
  • Overall 25

Combine Results

Grade
5.92 ?
  • 4.38 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 39.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 128.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.69 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.00 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"This is one of my favorite players in the entire draft. The knock is his size (5-foot-9, 189 pounds), but he's feisty and so competitive. Sometimes a bigger wideout can take advantage of a matchup against him." -- Mike Mayock

  • 5'9" Height
  • 30 5/8" Arm Length
  • 189LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

Last name is pronounced "VER-rett." Played defensive back and running back as a California prep. Attended Santa Rosa (Calif.) JC, where he grayshirted in 2009 while learning to play defensive back. Returned to the field for the '10 season, playing in seven games and missing three contests with a hamstring injury and was ranked the sixth-best junior college DB. Transferred to TCU in '11 and played in all 13 games (10 starts), logging 58 tackles, four pass breakups and one interception with 1.5 tackles for loss. Had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee during '12 spring practice. Led the Big 12 in interceptions in the fall after posting 63-16-6 with five tackles for loss and a blocked field goal in 13 starts. Suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee against Texas but played in final two games before having surgery in January '13. Named co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year after logging 39-14-2 with 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble in 11 starts. Played most of the season with a torn labrum originally injured in the third game against Texas Tech and re-injured in November. Had the shoulder surgically repaired in March.

Analysis

Strengths

Quick, twitchy and explosive popping out of his pedal. Good eyes, anticipation and footwork. Very feisty and athletic. Outstanding instincts. Superb reactive quickness and recovery speed. Very good ball skills -- consistently makes plays on the ball. Very willing in run support and plays bigger than his size. Athleticism was on display at the combine -- 40-yard dash (4.38 seconds), 3-cone drill (6.69), short shuttle (4.00) vertical jump (39 inches) and broad jump (10 feet, 8 inches) ranked among the best of the cornerbacks.

Weaknesses

Does not look the part -- is short and short-armed with a small, thin-waisted, thin-boned body. Durability is an issue -- struggles to stay healthy and is not built to endure the physical toll of the NFL, particularly as a starter. Low-dive tackler (misses some). Can be overwhelmed by bigger blockers and struggles to shed blocks. Average play strength. Had a bout with lost confidence as a younger player when he nearly quit after being embarrassed by Robert Griffin III and a high-powered Baylor offense.

Draft Projection

Round 2

Bottom Line

A tough, scrappy, undersized nickel back with potential to ascend to a No. 2 CB if he can stay in one piece. Is not the physical prototype for the position, but compensates with outstanding athleticism, blazing speed and a tenacious temperament. Is a terrific football player who boasts toughness and competitiveness reminiscent of Cortland Finnegan's.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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