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Vereen enters the draft as one of the more physically impressive defensive backs, and his football pedigree is solid. His father Henry was drafted by Tampa Bay before playing in the CFL, while his brother Shane is a running back with the New England Patriots. The younger Vereen was quite versatile during his college career at Minnesota. He started all 13 games for the Gophers in 2013 - the first six at safety and the final seven at cornerback - and was an All-Big Ten selection after recording 56 tackles and one interception. His 25 reps on the bench press at the NFL combine were the most among defensive backs and his 4.07 time in the 20-yard shuttle was second for safeties. He also was a top performer in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.47 seconds. Vereen's low number of interceptions (4) in college has raised a few eyebrows among scouts considering his physical gifts, but his outstanding work ethic, team-first approach and contributions on special teams may help him come off the board as early as the third round. While his smaller stature may cause problems in the NFL against the run and when matched up against bigger tight ends, Vereen has time to bulk up and owns the potential to become a starter and impact player at the pro level.