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TCU CB Jason Verrett in play to be a first-round pick

TCU's Jason Verrett, one of the top five cornerbacks in the draft, had surgery Monday for a torn labrum, and he tweeted that the procedure went well.

Verrett played much of the 2013 season with the torn labrum, and having surgery now will allow him to be ready for training camp.

Verrett measured 5-foot-9½ and 189 pounds at last month's NFL Scouting Combine, making him the shortest of the top five corners available. He is considered to be a tier below Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard and Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert among cornerbacks, but Verrett, Ohio State's Bradley Roby and Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller are in play to be the third corner drafted. Dennard and Gilbert are considered first-round locks, and at least one more corner seems likely to go later in the first round -- but will it be Fuller, Roby or Verrett?

Gilbert had the fastest 40 time among the corners at the combine, at 4.37 seconds. Verrett was at 4.38 and Roby at 4.39. But Roby and Verrett tied for the fastest unofficial 10-yard split, at 1.47 seconds.

Verrett had nine interceptions and 34 pass breakups in his three seasons at TCU; he transferred in after one season at a junior college.

Verrett has great instincts and also is solid in run support. Verrett was listed at 176 pounds at TCU but has gained weight in the pre-draft process.

NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock said during the combine that "I think the kid has everything but size." Mayock said Verrett -- who had a 39-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot, 8-inch broad jump at the combine -- can play inside and outside and is an "ideal nickel" guy.

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