Overview: Brock Vereen brings good athleticism, versatility, and NFL bloodlines to the table. Even though he is 6’0″ 199lbs, he has short arms for a safety, which means he lacks ideal length. He does have the range and instincts to play the deep middle in a single-high safety role—which makes him a good fit for the Chiefs’ needs.
CBSSports.com cites his “high football IQ and good smarts on and off the field”. NFL.com likes his “fluid movement skills and good range”. They were also impressed by his work ethic and passion for the game.
Both father Henry, (9th round 1979 Tampa Bay) and his older brother Shane Vereen (2nd round 2011 New England) were NFL draft picks. Brock Vereen is very likely to know what it takes to succeed on and off the field in the NFL. He also has started games at both cornerback and safety for Minnesota since cracking the starting lineup as a sophomore in 2011.
Brock Vereen’s biggest weakness is his lack of playmaking skills. He only had 4 interceptions in 36 starts for Minnesota. He has small hands and short arms which limit his ability to win jump balls. CBSSports.com is concerned that he doesn’t wrap up and fails to finish too many plays.
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Draft Projection: There’s quite a bit of variation on how Vereen is viewed. CBSSports.com sees him as no more than a 7th round/rookie FA talent. Meanwhile, NFL.com thinks Vereen will be gone by the 3rd or 4th round.
I think the Chiefs will evaluate Vereen more like NFL.com, since their primary need is a safety with range. Not only can Vereen cover ground on the back end, he’s got the good change of direction skills and CB experience to handle single coverage in the NFL. Even if he cannot win a starting role, his versatility and athleticism will make him a useful nickel defender.
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