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March 6, 2014
With the 30th pick: 49ers on hand to watch TCU's Verrett

The 49ers' top college scout, Matt Malaspina, was on hand for Texas A&M's pro day Wednesday and then drove 175 miles for TCU's pro day today. The main attraction there was cornerback Jason Verrett, who put up 19 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press and had a 39.5-inch vertical leap.

His bench-press showing is all the more impressive given that he is dealing with a labrum (shoulder) injury that will be surgically repaired later this month. The procedure typically requires three or four months of rehabilitation, which means that Verrett (5-9, 189) will miss the minicamps and OTAs of the team that drafts him, but that he will be back for training camp.

The 49ers will have a representative at every major college's pro day over the next month, so it's not exactly news that Malaspina was at TCU's. However, it's worth a note given the 49ers' need for cornerbacks and the speculation that Verrett, widely viewed as one of the top five cornerbacks in the draft, will be taken in the latter half of the first round.

Despite his small size, Verrett was a feisty player and a good tackler with the Horned Frogs, and for those reasons would be a good fit as a nickel cornerback as well as outside cornerback. The 49ers could be looking for both if Carlos Rogers does not return in 2014. San Francisco also has not been shy about trying to find late value by drafting injured players such as guard Joe Looney, defensive end Tank Carradine and running back Marcus Lattimore.

How much, if any, Verrett will fall due to his injury is debatable. Both Dion Jordan and Dee Milliner had similar procedures last year, and both were taken with top 10 picks.

- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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