South Carolina defensive end, Jadeveon Clowney has been heralded as the greatest defensive prospect in the NFL draft, but could he now have a rival?
TCU cornerback, Jason Verrett has spoken out over his aim to win the defensive rookie of the year award when he enters the league in 2014.
“My goal is to be the rookie of the year,” Verrett told ProFootballTalk. “The defensive rookie of the year. That’s just my goal to lead all the rookies defensively, pass deflections and interceptions. My goal is to be the best this year.”
That could be a lofty goal for the defensive back as he pits himself against Clowney, who analysts are calling a pro-ready defender who can make an immediate impact in the NFL.
In many ways, it's unfair for Verrett to even throw himself into the debate at this stage when he doesn't even know which team he will be playing for. In addition, Clowney and other defensive prospects such as Khalil Mack and Aaron Donald are defensive linemen and linebackers who will be judged in tackles and sacks, a very different category to defensive backs.
In fact, those front-seven players generally take home the awards, with no defensive back winning the defensive rookie of the year award since Charles Woodson in 1998.
However a lot of NFL teams will clearly be interested in the confidence of Verrett, who is rated as a first round pick.
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