The 2014 NFL Draft is going to be an interesting occasion for the Kansas City Chiefs. They’re coming off an 11-5 record and hold the 23rd overall pick in the draft. While this year’s draft class has a talented group of wide receivers, the Chiefs should strongly consider taking a cornerback with their first round pick. Enter Jason Verrett of TCU.
In three seasons with the Horned Frogs, Verrett totaled 160 tackles, 41 defended passes, nine interceptions, and one forced fumble (Source: Sports Reference). He also was the co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (Source: Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com).
Jason Verrett Combine Results
40-yard dash – 4.38 seconds*
Vertical jump – 39.0 inch
Broad jump – 128.0 inch
3-cone drill – 6.69 seconds*
20-yard shuttle – 4.00 seconds*
* = Combine top performer
(Courtesy of NFL.com)
Verrett is ranked as the fourth best corner in the draft and is projected to go sometime in the first or second round (Source: NFL Draft Scout). Sadly, Dane Brugler of NFL Draft Scout thinks that the Chiefs will pass on Verrett and that arch enemy Denver will draft him with the 31st overall pick. Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com thinks that Verrett will be selected in the second or third round. Here is Nawrocki’s ‘Bottom Line’ on Jason Verrett:
“A tough, scrappy, undersized nickel back with potential to emerge as a No. 2 corner, Verrett’s body is not ideally built to withstand the rigors of a starting job. An outstanding football player in the mold of feisty Titans 2006 seventh-round pick Cortland Finnegan.”
Verrett could be a great addition to a Kansas City secondary that struggled in the later half of the 2013 season. Cornerback is a need for the Chiefs and Verrett might be the best corner left on the board by the time pick 23 rolls around.
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