Jason Verrett, CB, TCU (2)
The Bengals would love to add Kony Ealy as he’s the perfect type of defensive end for Marvin Lewis’ defense. That won’t happen if he’s drafted in the top 20 as I’ve projected (Giants, No. 12). Dee Ford appears too undersized when compared to previous schematic fits.
The Bengals could use a youthful cornerback. Their top three cornerbacks (Terence Newman, Leon Hall, Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones) are all 29-plus. The Bengals have never shied away from ‘undersized’ cornerbacks. Jason Verrett becomes the fourth cornerback taken in the top 24.
Cincinnati has made the playoffs in each of the last three seasons. They have one of the younger rosters in the league, but their secondary is a bit long in the tooth. CB Jason Verrett would infuse youth and athleticism into this defensive back core. Verrett is undersized for the position standing at a mere 5-foot-9, but he makes up for that lack of size with outstanding instincts and sound tackling ability. He could start immediately at the nickel corner position. It has been said that if Verrett were a few inches taller, he would be near the top of this year’s cornerback class.