The 2014 NFL draft is six days away. Before we get there, we'll take a look at a prospect or two in the draft who could be of interest to the St. Louis Rams.
By now, we've covered most of the big names so the focus here will be on vetting some potential additions beyond the top 10 of the draft.
School: Texas Christian University
Height/Weight: 5-foot-9 1/2, 189 pounds
Projected round: Late 1, early 2
Pros: Extremely productive career with plenty of examples of covering top notch wideouts including the Rams' Stedman Bailey. ... As technically sound as they come in coverage and blessed with outstanding ball-tracking skills. Outstanding hips allow him to change direction easily, mirrors receivers well and has outstanding short area burst to close on the ball. Also has outstanding long speed to keep up with top wideouts down the field and is feisty in the run game where he isn't afraid to stick his nose in the mix. Tough as nails leader who will play through pain.
Cons: The one knock against him is his lack of size. In a league where top wideouts are bigger and bigger, Verrett could struggle against some of the super-sized receivers. A slight build, small hands and short arms also don't help him in contested ball situations. Lack of bulk has led to some injury issues and though Verrett played through those in college, might not be able to do the same against bigger and stronger athletes at NFL level. Hands are good but can be a bit inconsistent.
Fit with Rams: Were it not for his lack of size, Verrett would likely be the top corner off the board in this year's draft. Has everything you want in terms of speed and coverage skills and is a better tackler than his size would indicate. His toughness allows him to stay on the field even when he's not fully healthy. The Rams need a third corner to go with Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson and Verrett would be the ideal fit, especially in the slot. Although Verrett has experience playing outside and in the slot, he's probably best suited inside and would be a prime complement to the Rams' other corners. His lack of size and injury history probably means taking him with either of their first two picks would be a little rich but he also probably won't make it to their spot in the second round. A potential trade down from No. 13 could make more sense. In terms of ability and fit in the scheme, Verrett would be a great fit in St. Louis but finding the match in terms of value in the draft will be a more difficult proposition.
He said it: Verrett on overcoming lack of size to excel -- "Being a smaller guy means I've got to play a lot smarter," Verrett said. "You're going to have to have better technique, not try to focus too much on getting your hands on guys and moving your feet ... stay square."