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Brock Vereen awaits call in the NFL Draft

Posted: May 7, 2014 9:56 p.m.
Updated: May 7, 2014 9:56 p.m.

Valencia graduate Brock Vereen will be doing whatever he can to avoid news about the NFL Draft.

 

Don’t bother Valencia High graduate Brock Vereen about anything to do with the NFL Draft today.

Don’t talk about mock drafts, or prognostications — nothing.

“Leading up to this process, I didn’t watch any draft analysis on the TV, didn’t look up any draft blogs,” Vereen said. “Not that I expected to see my name. But the less anxiety the better.

“If I’m watching TV or my mom or dad is watching TV and any kind of draft presentations comes up, they know to change the channel. It’s a pretty good system we got going.”

Vereen will be selected in the 2014 NFL Draft. Just at what spot and to which team is the question.

NFL.com projects the senior safety/cornerback out of the University of Minnesota to be selected in the third or fourth round.

To stay away from the anxiety, he’ll be at Disneyland today — the first day of the NFL Draft.

And he’ll be bowling on Friday.

“Before this last semester, I was the worst bowler in the state of California, hands down,” Vereen said. “I took a bowling class this last semester at Minnesota and I’m pretty good now.”

An NFL team will be taking Vereen for a different skill set.

The soon-to-be college graduate was an All-Big Ten first-teamer in 2013 and played in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 18.

Vereen was part of a group that turned Minnesota into a competitive football program that played in the Texas Bowl and finished 8-5 this past season.

He made a large impact at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, where his 25 bench-press reps of 225 pounds were the most among defensive backs there.

He also had the second best 40-yard dash time of 4.47.

“Going in, I knew the combine would be a tremendous opportunity for me,” Vereen said. “Looking back at it, I passed that test.”

The scouting report on NFL.com says he “needs to improve against the run but is instinctive and brings terrific intangibles that could propel him into a role as a starter and defensive leader.”

Vereen’s older brother Shane, also a Valencia High graduate and now a running back for the New England Patriots, was selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Brock said Shane was a mess leading up to the draft, so it somewhat runs in the family.

So does success in the sports, apparently, and Brock’s NFL career is about to begin.

Notes: There are two other potential NFL draft picks this week with ties to the Santa Clarita Valley. Former College of the Canyons offensive linemen Karim Barton (Morgan State) and Will Latu (Abilene Christian) are eligible for the draft. Barton is projected as a “borderline prospect” on ESPN.com, which places him in the latter rounds of the draft. Latu is rated as 43rd among offensive guards in this year’s draft class. Barton played one year at COC in 2010 and Latu played for two years from 2011-11.

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