Our second prospect for the San Francisco 49ers, much like Kyle Fuller yesterday, is a cornerback who can play the nickel position. However, unlike Fuller Jason Verrett is probably best used on the inside as a nickel cornerback and perhaps moving up the depth chart after a couple of years. That is, if the TCU corner can stay healthy and continue to build on his this frame.
Verrett’s best assets include his incredible athleticism which lends itself to a high level of quickness and catch-up speed. He is also very willing to play the run, something which is very important to the San Francisco 49ers’ defensive scheme.
Also, his ability to blanket receivers and take them entirely out of games is something that cannot be taught. This is due to his great technique and fluidity with his backpedal and transitions. Lastly, Verrett can be a strong special teams player as well, something which the 49ers could use a bit of help with.
One of the negatives about Verrett has been his thin frame and whether or not he can last in the NFL. That thin frame may be the cause of multiple injuries throughout his college career, although with an NFL-type training regimen he should be able to bulk up in no time.
Still, he is not the type who many would consider a potential #1 shutdown corner due to his size, and more than likely will have to learn to make a living defending corners from the inside. That’s defintely something the 49ers have been needing for quite a while now, and given that perhaps they go in a different direction.
Also, check out this highlight video of Verrett and see for your self!