Chargers check out Verrett at pro day

March, 7, 2014
Mar 7
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The San Diego Chargers were one of 26 NFL teams represented at TCU cornerback Jason Verrett's pro day on Thursday.

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has San Diego selecting Verrett at No. 25 overall in his latest mock draft .

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Verrett worked out for Carolina on Friday. The Panthers hold the No. 28 overall pick. Verrett also met with the Cleveland Browns, holders of the No. 26 overall pick, after his pro day workout.

Cincinnati defensive backs coach Vance Joseph put Verrett through his individual workout. The Bengals have the No. 24 overall pick.

Verrett stood on most of his numbers from an impressive performance at the NFL scouting combine last week, including an official 4.38-second, 40-yard time. But he did bench press 225 pounds 19 times, and posted a 39.5 vertical jump.

Verrett's bench press numbers were impressive because he will need shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. Only five other cornerbacks at the NFL scouting combine last month had more reps on the bench press.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Anaheim Ducks orthopedic surgeon Dr. Orr Limpisvasti is scheduled to perform Verrett's surgery on his torn labrum March 17 in Los Angeles.

“[The doctors] feel like it's gonna be a very short process," TCU coach Gary Patterson told reporters at Verrett's pro day workout. “Everybody that's done it has been able to be back before camp. On the high road, I think that's what he's anticipating. That he'll be back before camp.”

Verrett earned co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors, missing only one game in 2013 due to the injury.

Verrett measured in at 5-9 1/2 and 189 pounds at the combine. Patterson said that Verrett only gave up one touchdown last season in one-on-one coverage. Verrett is athletic and versatile, able to play press and off coverage on the perimeter, and also possesses the quickness to move inside to cover a slot receiver.

Verrett finished with 160 tackles (including 10 tackles for loss), nine interceptions and 34 pass deflections in 37 games played at TCU.

A former running back and receiver, Verrett has good ball skills and is a good blitzer. And according to Patterson, Verrett can quickly pick up defensive schemes.

“One of the things he does is he really studies the opponent and does a great job,” Patterson told reporters after TCU's pro day. “We put him for two years on whoever is best that they had. He's not going to shy away from anybody.”

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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