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Jason Verrett aims to be defensive rookie of the year


Few players on the verge of reaching the top of their profession lack confidence or ambition.  TCU cornerback Jason Verrett isn’t one of those few players.

He has plenty of confidence, and he has plenty of ambition.

“My goal is to be the rookie of the year,” Verrett told Thursday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN.  “The defensive rookie of the year.  That’s just my goal to lead all the rookies defensively, pass deflections and interceptions.  My goal is to be the best this year.”

Verrett also said he’s “hands down” the best cornerback in the 2014 draft.

“I mean I shut down a lot of elite receivers,” Verrett said.  “You know Odell Beckham, Kenny Stills, Terrance Williams, Eric Ward.  I shut down a lot of receivers and I led the nation in the last two years with 38 passes defended, 30 pass breakups, and 8 interceptions.  So I feel like the film speaks more for itself than actually me telling you that I’m a ball hawker or that I tackle well because I feel like I’m showcasing all of that on the football field.”

Despite being a little on the short side (five-nine) at a time when teams are looking for bigger cornerbacks, Verrett is confident he’ll be taken somewhere between the 20th and 32nd picks in the draft.

He added that he’s recovering well from shoulder surgery that he underwent last month, and that he’ll be 100 percent in time for the 2014 season.

For more, check out the interview from last night’s show.

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13 Responses to “Jason Verrett aims to be defensive rookie of the year”
  1. steelerben says: Apr 4, 2014 11:11 AM

    Kenny Stills is elite?

  2. dino2997 says: Apr 4, 2014 11:11 AM

    I think he drops into the 2nd round due to his height. Who ever gets him in the 2nd round will be getting a steal.

  3. granadafan says: Apr 4, 2014 11:25 AM

    Dick Sherman has new competition for being the biggest loudmouth in the league.

  4. trubroncfan07 says: Apr 4, 2014 11:26 AM

    This guy will be the next Alphonso Smith, don’t draft small CB’s in round 1 or you will regret it.

  5. seang12334 says: Apr 4, 2014 11:31 AM

    too bad you need to get drafted first, to be ROY

  6. elwaysagenius says: Apr 4, 2014 11:43 AM

    So he’ll be a bronco then.

  7. ps3988 says: Apr 4, 2014 12:18 PM

    Terrell Buckley 2. Please don’t draft this midget Green Bay.

  8. doubleogator says: Apr 4, 2014 12:35 PM

    He won’t make it to the second round, Darrell Green was small too, this guy is a competitor.

  9. pftfan says: Apr 4, 2014 12:37 PM

    Sounds like he’s going to the Jets at 18. He sounds like a perfect fit for Rex and his bravado.

    And before you laugh, Sheldon Richardson said the same thing during his meetings with the Jets before the draft and actually followed through on it.

  10. jayniner says: Apr 4, 2014 12:45 PM

    5’9″ going up against guys like Megatron, Vincent Jackson, Vernon Davis, Jimmy Graham, Gronkowski, etc..

    This I gotta see.

  11. axltcu says: Apr 4, 2014 6:22 PM

    He plays bigger than he is. Extremely underrated tackler especially for a corner.

  12. dude2424 says: Apr 4, 2014 8:52 PM

    Ummm…..Odell Beckham Jr had 5 receptions for 118 yards against Verrett and TCU. He was hardly “shut down”

  13. mwsmark69 says: Apr 5, 2014 2:22 PM

    Love his attitude. At this point he’s had enough discussions with teams he knows where he’s getting drafted. Tough tackler, competitor had a tremendous combine. I wouldn’t bet against him!

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