Christian Horny Frogs ~ 5091/189
When analyzing the Merits of a prospective CornerBack, this is how I personally break things down:
Intangibles: Diagnostic Acuity, Field Vision, and, above all: Processing Speed. And of course: Motor. Motor Matters.
Agility: Acceleration, Fluidity, and Closing Speed. And of course: Verticity!! Turning & Burning in Direct Coverage.
Pass Prevention: Combat Skills in Coverage, and Timing, Vertical Burst, and WingSpan at the Catch Point.
Run Support: Appetite, Tactical Discipline, and Combat Skills ~ working through Traffic & Tackling Mechanics.
Agility: Phenomenal. Verrett has it all: Terrific Acceleration, sensational Fluidity, and extraordinary Closing Speed. I believe that his Capacity to shadow Receivers of all shapes and sizes at The Next Level will prove to be absolutely incredible.
Pass Prevention: Too small to play Press effectively, but extraordinary at Ball & Trail. And at the CatchPoint, while he'll lose some Battles for those same reasons, he is simply phenomenal. His Timing and Instincts are incredible, his Combat Skills are exemplary, and his Vertical Burst is spectacular. Despite his Height, he's awesome.
Run Support: Shockingly adequate. What Verrett lacks in Core Power, he compensates for remarkably well with outstanding Combat Skills, navigating fluidly through Traffic and consistently HogTying his man!!
When Smith came out of Utah in 2001, it was universally assumed that, at 5090/185 ~ almost exactly Verrett's size ~ there was no way in Hell he was going to be anything but a part time Player ~ a Slot Receiver, as you Earthlings call'm.
Thus, one of the most dangerous WideOuts of the 21st Century slipped to #74.
What was not properly accounted for then was Smith's astonishing Vertical Burst.
Because of this amazing capacity to consistently leap into the sky, obliterate his Mite Height issue, and win at the CatchPoint, Steve Smith has forged an extraordinary Career, a great deal of it playing Flanker.
His 151 10 Yard Split didn't hurt, mind you.
Nobody who's watched Verrett's Tape needs the Combine to tell'm about the guy's ridiculously explosive Acceleration or'is phenomenal Vertical Burst, but for those scoring at home: 39 inches on the Vertical, and 147 on the 10 Yard Split.
Mind you: I'm not saying that Verrett will play at an All Pro level if you ask'm to play on the Boundary full-time. I'm just saying that, despite the grave concerns I read around the Web about his Mite Height and his presumed inability to survive on the OutSide, I am quite confident that, like Smith, he will prove to be surprisingly and consistently effective out there.
And as a Slot Corner, I believe he will be magnificent.
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