The Senior Bowl is rapidly approaching, and numerous players have been getting hyped as the practices and East-West Shrine game have come and gone. Prospects are rising and falling on the boards, so it’s time for another Cincinnati Bengals mock draft.
There are going to be quite a few changes throughout, so check it out.
Round 1: Jason Verrett, CB. TCU
Arguably the most NFL ready corner, Verrett adds depth to the Bengals secondary. He excels greatly in man to man coverage, and is not afraid to be physical with receivers coming off of the line. His size is his biggest knock, but do not let that fool you.
Verrett is very stout in the run game is an extremely hard hitter. He has the ability to break toward the ball and get off blocks to help make a stop. With tremendous instincts, he knows when to break off in coverage to either pick off a pass or deflect it.
Being extremely fluid with his hips and quick, Verrett can mirror receivers and stay with them step for step. Again, people will note his size is not ideal, but his play recognition is that of a football veteran.
While he sometimes gets beat on double coverage, he wins those battles more than he loses. Showing a good deal of athleticism, Verrett can also excel in zone coverage.
He has long arms and certainly has leaping ability, showing that he can be deceptive in certain areas. Owning a fearless mentality, he is not afraid to tackle a running back one on one in the open field.
Verrett would be a tremendous asset to a stout defense that could continue to get better throughout the draft. With great mentors on the team, Verrett could end up becoming one of the big named shut down corners in the NFL if he continues to play toward his potential.