With the offseason in full-swing for the Cincinnati Bengals, they’re now shifting from watching film of opposing teams to film of potential college football players they could be drafting next May.
It’s always interesting to look at what players Cincinnati could potentially select to address areas of need on their team. The latest edition of Fansided 2014 NFL Mock Draft is out, and they have the Bengals drafting TCU cornerback Jason Verrett:
Verrett has been arguably the best cornerback in college football over the past two years, but his 5’9″ 170 lb frame will keep him from being drafted high this year, and there’s a decent chance he’s on the board at pick no. 24 for the Bengals.
He opened the season up covering LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr., who projects as a late first or early second round pick. Verrett allowed just one reception while notching seven tackles, one sack and three pass breakups.
Since the start of the 2012 season, Verrett leads the nation with 38 pass defenses with eight interceptions and 30 pass breakups.
He would be a welcome infusion of youth into a secondary that’s lacking such. With Leon Hall coming off a torn Achilles, Terence Newman hitting age 36 and Dre Kirkpatrick still unable to show he’s a capable NFL CB, the Bengals are very likely to go with a CB with their first or second round pick.