Texas Christian University cornerback Jason Verrett
Weight: 189 pounds.
Why the Browns might target him: At the very least, they must acquire a reliable No. 3 cornerback because their lack of quality depth at the position is a glaring weakness. And if they want an upgrade over Buster Skrine, who did a decent job starting opposite Pro Bowler Joe Haden last season, a prospect of Verrett’s caliber would likely be able to step into the lineup right away. During his media session at the combine, Verrett explained that his nickname is Feeva Island because he’s “a player that’s always hot” like he has a fever and he often plays man-to-man coverage “on an island.” He backed up the hype Tuesday as the NFL Scouting Combine wrapped up, tying for second among defensive backs in the 40-yard dash (4.38 seconds) as well as tying for third at the position in the vertical jump (39 inches) and the broad jump (10 feet, 8 inches). He also earned praise from Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback and NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders because of his demeanor and competitive spirit. After Verrett ran the 40, Sanders asked him if he was ready for position drills. Wearing a classic game face, Verrett said, “Oh, yeah, that’s where you make your money.” Sanders said he loved the answer, gave Verrett a high-five and told his NFL Network co-horts, “I’m going to definitely try to look him up to work with him. I like his attitude.” Verrett showed his toughness by playing through a torn shoulder labrum for the majority of last season. He’ll undergo surgery in Los Angeles after his pro day March 21. NFLDraftScout.com projects Verrett as a first- or second-round pick. NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock considers him a second-round selection. “My favorite nickel in the draft is Jason Verrett from TCU, and the only reason I wouldn’t say he’s a top-20 pick is because of his size,” Mayock said last week during a conference call. “He’s 5-9. He’s probably 185. But he’s ideal for the slot because he’s quick footed, he’s tough, and remember, the slot guys, what gets overlooked is you have to tackle, and this kid is a tough kid even though he’s undersized. I really like Verrett.” Mayock isn’t the only one who likes Verrett’s chances in the NFL. “I believe that I’m the best corner in this draft,” Verrett said. “I can draw the line right there. I’m confident in what my capabilities are on the field.”
— Nate Ulrich