Bengals DB coach watches Verrett at TCU pro day

Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph was among those in attendance for TCU’s pro day Thursday, when a total of 21 teams were there to watch eight players work out indoors on FieldTurf.

The guy they were all there to see was cornerback Jason Verrett (5-foot-9 5/8, 186 pounds), who worked out at the combine and also performed a few drills on his pro day, recording a 39 1/2-inch vertical jump and throwing the bar up 19 times. Verrett is an excellent cover corner, and the only thing that might impede him from being an All-Pro is his lack of size.

One suggestion I have — and this is just a suggestion — is that he might consider working out at another position to see if he could be a Wes Welker-type of wideout. He has a lot of the tools to succeed there — he runs under a 4.4 in the 40, is very strong, and he can jump — and receiver is a position where his lack of height might not be an issue.

He’s a very talented player with great cover skills. My concern is just that it’s hard to play against these tall receivers today if you’re a 5-9 corner.

Two other players looked good at TCU’s pro day:

Casey Pachall, QB: Pachall (6-3 1/2, 216 pounds) ran the 40 in 4.96 and 5.00 seconds. He had a 29-inch vertical and an 8-foot, 8-inch broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.65 and the 3-cone drill in 7.09. Pachall has very big hands (10 3/8 inches), and in his workout Thursday he completed 67 of 72 passes: Three of the misses were uncatchable, and two were dropped.

Pachall has had some off-the-field problems that cost him a greater part of his junior year in 2012, and last year he was also hurt. But I think he has upside, and teams will work him out. Where he lands in the draft is anyone’s guess — he could be a fourth-round pick or he could be an undrafted free agent.

James Dunbar, G: Dunbar (6-5 1/8, 311 pounds) posted 40 times of 5.05 and 5.10 seconds. He had a 25-inch vertical and an 8-foot, 7-inch broad jump. He tweaked his right hamstring during the workouts and did not do the shuttles, but he threw the bar up 25 times. He’s a good free-agent prospect.

 

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