Jason Verrett came to TCU an underrated JUCO transfer, and now he's the latest Horned Frog to be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. The dreadlocked kid out of Santa Rosa Junior College is headed back to California, after being drafted by the San Diego Chargers with the 25th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
So, congratulations Jason, and congratulations San Diego, you're getting a total stud at cornerback. Here are five key things you need to know about the newest member of the Charger family.
Verrett, a two-time first-team All-American, was tabbed the 2013 Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year by the conference’s head coaches. He was a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist and Lott IMPACT Trophy quarterfinalist. Verrett was also the State's Defensive Player of the Year by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.
In his final game as a Horned Frog, Verrett limited Antwan Goodley, Baylor's leading receiver, to just one catch for 12 yards. Verrett also broke up two passes in the process. Earlier in the year, Verrett held Texas Tech's Eric Ward, who had 83 receptions on the season, without a catch for the entire game. Goodley and Ward were two of the Big 12's top-four receivers. When lined up against LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. (drafted by the New York Giants at No. 12 overall), Verrett allowed just one reception. He totaled seven stops, including a sack, while adding three pass breakups versus LSU.
His favorite burger is from In-N-Out, and his favorite TV show is Martin. Yeah.
Verrett led the Big 12 and tied for sixth nationally with 1.5 passes defended per game in 2013 (two interceptions, 14 pass breakups). Over the last two seasons, he topped the nation with 38 passes defended (eight interceptions, 30 pass breakups).
Your last TCU pickup in the first round worked out pretty well for you (L.T). Here at Frogs O' War, we think this one will work out well too.