Vereen is a dynamic speedster with not only kick returning ability but the receiving skills to contribute early. He is a very mature player that will be a great addition to a locker room.
While Vereen declared for the draft early, he also graduated from school a year early. He has NFL bloodlines, as his father was a drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 70’s.
He has legitimate track speed coupled with great acceleration and excellent lateral movement to make defenders miss in the open field. He is an outstanding receiver because of his great ball skills and natural ability to make the hands catch but also due to his extensive experience lining up in the slot for Cal and running routes.
Vereen is not a contact runner and is a bit narrow in build. Cal’s scheme featured wide open lanes in which to run and the biggest knock on Vereen is his ability to fit in a pro style offense.
This guy will definitely make an impact as a third down back and kick returner right away because of his athleticism and ball skills but he has potential to be a feature ball carrier. He will flourish in a pass heavy offense because of his blocking ability and hands out of the backfield.
Hometown: Valencia, CA
Date of Birth: 03/02/89
Bench Press: 31
Vertical Jump: 34″
40 T: 4.50
Projection: 3rd Round
From ROOKIE DRAFT.com