Entering the 2023 season, Florida State defensive end Jared Verse was one of the most highly hyped 2024 NFL Draft prospects in the media. Verse had a shot at being a first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft before deciding to return to the Seminoles. He has had a number of quiet games this fall, and as a result, there is not a huge amount of buzz about him amongst NFL teams. Some pro team sources told WalterFootball.com that Verse is not a lock for the opening night of the 2024 NFL Draft and could slide to the second day.
An AFC national scout shared the following with WalterFootball.com:
He was never a top-10 pick …. He doesn’t have top-10 talent and has some tightness as a rusher. He’s come back down to Earth. Everybody made a big deal out of his opener last year against LSU, but was going against freshman offensive tackles. We graded him in the second, but I think he goes late 1 or early 2.
Entering the regular-season finale against Florida, Verse has recorded 29 tackles with 4.5 sacks and a pass batted this year. That stat line is a significant decrease in production compared to the 47 tackles and nine sacks he registered in 2022. On top of the productivity decline, all of his sacks came against weak opponents – Southern Miss, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. Verse could really use a hot end to his season with some dominant performances against Florida and against Louisville in the ACC Championship Game. Additionally, Florida State has the potential to appear in the college football playoff. If Verse finishes the season in the same fashion how he has played thus far, he should find himself on the bubble between being seen as a first- or second-round pick next April in the 2024 NFL Draft.