Heading into the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, TCU’s Jason Verrett was among the top cornerbacks to watch as the undersized corner with lighting fast speed had been projected to be one of the consensus Top 5 corners available for NFL teams in the draft this May.
However one of the concerns was Verrett’s wear and tear after infamously playing out his final year with the Horned Frogs with a torn labrum. Something that shows his toughness also was raising concerns about his ability to partake in the scouting evaluation process once the Combine/Pro Day circuit began in Indy a few weeks ago despite running a blazing 4.38 40 yard dash time. Now it is confirmed that Verrett won’t be taking part in workouts for scouts before the draft as NFL.com’s CFB 24/7 are reporting that Verrett will undergo surgery to repair his injured shoulder in order to be ready for training camp once he is drafted.
TCU cornerback Jason Verrett played much of the 2013 season with a torn labrum, and he will have surgery on the injury soon after the Horned Frogs’ pro day on Thursday.
Draftinsider.net reported the news Thursday morning.
Verrett measured 5-foot-9½ and 189 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine, making him the shortest of the top five corners available. He generally is considered to be 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. It’s likely that only Dennard and Gilbert will go in the first round, though a third corner could slide in at the end of the first round.
Verrett’s injury likely won’t hurt his draft stock, but there is a chance that he could be available for the Raiders taking come the second round. With the likes of Dennard, Gilbert and Roby on the board Verrett could easily fall into the second round as the fourth or even fifth corner taken in the draft. With blazing speed and toughness that is no well documented, Verrett’s injury may be the gain of second round teams who are looking to grab one of the best corners available in the 2014 Draft class.