The San Francisco 49ers continue sending their front office personnel across the country to check out various prospects at school Pro Days. On Thursday, the 49ers sent their director of college scouting, Matt Malaspina to Fort Worth, Texas to check out the TCU Pro Day. This came after he spent Wednesday 175 miles down the road at the Texas A&M Pro Day.
The 49ers have personnel at numerous Pro Days, and they won't be drafting players from all these schools, but it is still interesting to consider the possibilities of some of them. Texas A&M is home to wide receiver Mike Evans, who could potentially add some serious punch to the 49ers offense. The Aggies Pro Day also featured offensive tackle Jake Matthews and quarterback Johnny Manziel. Neither is a likely 49ers target, but they bring plenty of talent.
On the other hand, the TCU Pro Day centered on one player: cornerback Jason Verrett. The Horned Frogs struggled to a 4-8 finish, thanks largely to a serious talent deficiency. Verrett is likely going to be the only player from TCU selected over the three days of the NFL Draft, and he very well could be a Day 1 pick. Most cornerback rankings have Justin Gilbert and Darqueze Dennard as the two best available players. After that you've got guys like Verrett, Bradley Roby and Kyle Fuller competing to be the third cornerback off the board.
Verrett's case took a modest hit earlier this week with reports that he will have surgery for a torn labrum. Reports indicate he should be fine for training camp, but given that he is only 5'9, some teams may be a bit more tentative about him. That could benefit teams willing to roll the dice, particularly if he slips into Day 2.
Although Verrett has to undergo surgery, it sounds like he still put together a solid Pro Day performance. He put together 19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Considering the labrum issue, I'd have to say that's pretty impressive. I'm going to talk with socalisteph about potentially working something up on the labrum in light of his strong bench press performance, and the fact that he fits a position of need for the 49ers.
For now though, he sounds like a guy who could fit the 49ers need quite well. Mike Mayock described him as an ideal nickel guy. If the 49ers decided to part ways with Carlos Rogers, the team could potentially go with a trio of Tramaine Brock, Chris Culliver and Jason Verrett. That would provide a young group there, but along with Eric Reid, they would have a potentially strong foundation in the secondary for years to come.
Here's some video from Verrett's work on one position drill on Thursday: