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Prospect Watch: Florida State Edge Rusher Jared Verse Is An Ascending 2023 NFL Draft Prospect

There were a lot of questions among the Florida State faithful regarding the Jermaine Johnson replacement; those questions were provided emphatic answers last night in New Orleans when Jared Verse blocked a FG and picked up two sacks vs. the LSU Tigers. The transfer edge rusher from Albany University displayed his freakish athleticism on the big stage and proved that his move from FCS to FBS would be virtually seamless.

2021 Stats At Albany

Jared Verse was dynamic a year ago while playing at Albany. He amassed 10.5 sacks and 20 run stops at or behind the line of scrimmage (11 for a loss). He forced two fumbles and pressured the QB 36 times. PFF graded him as the 23rd-best Edge in FCS a season ago among players with at least 500 snaps. His one weakness coming from FCS was tackling; he graded out terribly in 2021 with a 22% missed tackle rate, ranking 16th worst among edge defenders with at least 500 snaps.

Scouting Report

Jared Verse is a 6-4, 250lb athletic edge rusher who uses his explosive first step to defeat opposing blockers off the edge. Where he needed to improve the most after transferring from FCS Albany to LSU is his technique. Improving his hand usage, lateral quickness, and a counter move to go along with his explosive first step would be significant. Through the first few weeks of the 2022 CFB season, Verse appears to have improved his technique and looks like a player on the rise. Verse struggled as a tackler in 2021 at FCS Albany, amassing (10) missed tackles. So far, through two weeks, he has shown improved discipline as a tackler. His impact on special teams adds additional allure to his NFL Draft stock.

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