School: Florida State
Pro comparison: Josh Allen
IDDP Spotlight: Jared Verse
Who is Jared Verse?
Jared Verse was a four-star prospect out of Dayton, OH. He originally enrolled at the University of Albany. After his 2021 season he entered the transfer portal. In 2022 he played in 10 games (not including the bowl game) where he had 47 total tackles. Of those 22 were solo. Verse brought some pressure too with 9 sacks on 36 total pressures.
His 2023 season got off to a slow start. In the first 2 weeks he had 7 total pressures with only 3 tackles plus half a sack. It took until week 4 against ACC rival Clemson for him to come alive. In the overtime thriller he had 5 total pressures with 4 tackles. He had no sacks that game but 3 of the tackles were solo. His next game he kept the momentum going recording 2 sacks on 4 total pressures.
He has shown why he should be a first-round prospect throughout the season. With 2 games left to play he is on pace for 35 tackles with 18 solo on potentially 43 pressures.
Jared Verse explodes off the line. He has that sixth sense to anticipate when the ball is snapped allowing him to be a step ahead. The flexibility in his hips allow him to dip beneath the linemen maneuvering around them. Once he gets his back shoulder to the chest of the lineman it is too late.
His speed brings him around the blocker before they blink. Once around he attacks with full velocity towards the ball holder. He is a natural at tracking the ball combining his speed and awareness. This allows him to get behind the line of scrimmage quickly closing in on the ball carrier.
His speed is superior to his strength. Although he is strong enough to go toe-to-toe he lacks the force to push linemen back. He at times plays too quickly causing him to miss the tackle. He naturally attacks off the edge which at times allow for the gap to be open for opposing running backs.
In the big moments he needs to slow down the game to process the play properly. Once he does that his instinct will kick in allowing him to make the big play!
Potential NFL Landing Spots
I think Verse is a first-round prospect with the potential of going top ten.
The Broncos already have one of the younger defensive lines in the league. Do they need Jared Verse? Not if the coaching can unlock the true talent from each of their lineman. However, Verse will bring a different type of pass rush to this team. They do not have an electric pass rusher like Verse that attacks quickly. He could help this front seven become a tad bit quicker thus more pressure on the opposing quarterbacks.
Tampa needs help in their rush defense. Their offense is content with Baker Mayfield at the helm. They have some good linebackers. Their secondary is good to compete. Now imagine a defensive line with Vita Vea in the middle, Calijah Kancey right by him. On the outside of those two you have Shauil Barrett, a trusted veteran. Then add in Jared Verse, a young talent that could improve his IQ of the game learning from Barrett. This is the possible long shot pick.
To me this team makes the most sense. They traded away their two edge rushers Montez Sweat & Chase Young. The addition of Jared Verse would add an element of speed to complement their strength from Jonathan Allen & Daron Payne. Their secondary is solid. Plus, linebacker Jamin Davis looks like he can be the leader of the defensive unit. They just need that extra force. Verse can be that force.
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