Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers cornerback Shareece Wright (29) carries the ball on a 30-yard interception return in the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Bengals 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers Corner Situation... As It Stands Today


The San Diego Chargers secondary took a beating last season and the team has looked to upgrade that part of the roster. The only improvement the team has made to this point is the release of Derek Cox.  Other than that, the roster remains the same as it looked at the end of the season.

Here is the current roster as it stands today:

CB Shareece Wright – He will be starting at one corner spot. He finished the season strong and will be looking to carry that momentum into the coming season.

CB Richard Marshall – He took the starting gig away from Derek Cox toward the end of the season and the defense was much stronger with him in the lineup. There were also other players that returned to the lineup that helped with the defense though.

CB Steve Williams – Williams missed his whole rookie season but showed some promise in the preseason. He needs to stay healthy and still has a lot to prove to the team. He will be a candidate to start in the nickel.

CB-S Marcus Gilchrist – Gilly was better when he played in the nickel role and was taken out of safety duties. His focus in the coming season could be on the nickel role.

CB Brandon Ghee – the big time signing that Tom Telesco made in free agency. Ghee is a dude with injury history, but showed potential in his limited snaps. If he can stay healthy, he might be player that could give some quality snaps.

CB Crezdon Butler – I remember Butler on one play last season and it was the play in which he got burned on the coverage to lose the game against the Titans.

CB Marcus Cromartie  - He is the cousin of Antonio Cromartie and showed some potential in preseason. He showed enough potential for the team to keep him around on the practice squad all season. He will get a shot to win a job during the preseason.

CB Brandon Jones – Jones found himself on 4 different rosters last season, working on the different team’s practice squads.

The corner situation is crappy at the moment. Shareece Wright is the best corner on the roster and he still has not established himself as a consistent starter. Everyone else on the roster has left us with something to be desired. We are going to need more love at the spot.

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  • esco charger

    Hope we get a good corner in the second but we also need help at WR and O line and groom an OLB as well as add depth to the D line can’t wait til next season are cap situation will be a whole lot better

  • Nick Mansoor

    I have a feeling we are drafting 2 corners and getting rid of 2 that are currently on the roster…

    • Derek

      Yah I think wright Marshall Williams and gilcrist are the only guys safe the rest are so we don’t go in the draft needing any position thus becoming predictable to the rest of the league. So people looking at verret aren’t 100% sure they have to jump us and working on a trade now

  • Cgoodness13

    I’m having a feeling we are drafting Verret in the 1st :/

    • Sergio Quintero

      I share that feeling, he fits exactly what they want from a corner.

      • Julien Bélair

        yaaaaaaaaaa

    • Daniel Sutter

      I like Verrets skills but his size is too small for the AFC west (see Thomas of Denver) if we go CB in 1st i would rather see Fuller taken. But again we could get a top rated player at another possition and wait till 2 or 3 (one in each of those two rounds would be to my liking) for CB. Filling a need isnt always the best route at an OVERALL improvement of your team.

  • Julien Bélair

    draft 1 cb minimum (obvious) but 2 might be better

    • Sergio Quintero

      My guess is that take one in the first and another at around 4-6 as a complimentary player.

      • Julien Bélair

        I agree !

        • Sergio Quintero

          For exercise sake lets say: 1 Verrett 4 Rashad Reynolds Oregon St., both are adept zone coverage corners.

          • Julien Bélair

            I think both would be great addition. With Attaochu or Van Noy in the second

          • Sergio Quintero

            For quick mock draft no details:
            1. Verrett
            2. Van Noy
            3. DeQuan Jones NT Penn St.
            4. Rashad Reynolds CB Oregon St.
            5. Robert Herron WR Wyoming
            6. DeAnthony Thomas RB Oregon
            7. Vinny Sunserri S Alabama

          • Julien Bélair

            I would change Sunserri for a wr or DE but the rest would be a dream come true !

          • Julien Bélair

            Van Noy seems to be on the rising a the moment I doubt he will be there for our second rd pick…but it would be great

          • Sergio Quintero

            The first 3 picks are the ones given by walterfootball in their most recent mock draft, take that with a grain of salt, but they would be pretty much perfect for what they need.

          • Julien Bélair

            yep it is the perfect 3 picks

          • Sergio Quintero
          • Julien Bélair

            but if Nix is there he is my pick

          • Sergio Quintero

            I already mentioned I think the chargers are more comfortable with Lissemore and their current bunch of backups, then not taking a corner they can plug and play.

            Just my opinion, but they seem to be really convinced with Lissemore.

          • Julien Bélair

            I am not comfortable at all with Lissemore. But if we go with Verrett with our first we need to at least get Jones or Mccullers or somebody to grow at the NT position and rotate

  • 619chargers4life

    Pass rush makes corners look better . Maybe we can get some pressure going to help these guys and the draft picks out . It was pretty obvious when Ingram returned with the pressure our D was better and the corners seemed like they were actually playing . But with all that said , yes we still need at least one more solid Corner . But I feel we still need a better pass rush as well , not to sure if we can count on Freeney a whole season . As long as we bring the heat , we should be fine .

    • Derek

      What about the lions? For the past few yrs they have refused to draft a top cb addressing the passrush or a number 2 reciever first. And their defense hasn’t been very vaunted. That’s just suh

  • gpack17

    i like verrett..trust me i do…but since we got williams last year i dont think we will draft a corner that is very similar to williams..i have a feeling we go mid round pass rusher like 2-4…and might get a receiver and guard high up…and then nose and corner either 1, 5, 6, or 7…keep in mind we will have a healthy ingram..freeney will be playing as well..soo a little bit better pass rushing with freeney and ingram on the field..

    • Julien Bélair

      but an injury to one of them and we have no pass rush again..

      • Sergio Quintero

        The chargers are going to invest in a pass rusher, I’m sure that somewhere between round 1-4 they will have taken one.

        • Julien Bélair

          I agree

  • Gunnar Martin

    You know your offseason was slow when Brandon Ghee was “the big time signing Tom Telesco made in free agency.”

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      hahahah. RIGHT!

    • Julien Bélair

      hahahaha

    • Sergio Quintero

      Head slumps in sadness.

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    So I just read this mock on fansided by Erik Lambert who has my second favorite corner, SJB, going in the third. Regardless of whether you like him or not that’s extremely tempting.

    • Daniel Sutter

      i would love to grab SJB in the third. Also like Desir in the second. Like how the guy worked through college with a family and no scholarship. Thats determination right there, plus he has great size and good skills…Van Noy or Ford in first (would rather trade it for more picks though), Desir second, SJB third, WR or O line in 4th, BPA from there.

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        Oooo I wouldn’t call Van Noy first round talent this year. He’s good but this draft is better.

    • Sergio Quintero

      The 4.6 he ran is pushing him down some, the chargers draft late in the 2nd so if they pass on corner in the first, he has to be option in the 2nd round.

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        If we do decide to take a lineman or WR in the first and he’s still there, it would be a good pickup. And he can play safety, which is nice.

    • CALiFORNiAkiD

      Dontae Johnson is a guy i really like.

      6’2 4.45

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        I can’t find an ounce of tape on him

        • CALiFORNiAkiD

          http://youtu.be/-3VgDSIBx9Q

          Shut down Jordan Matthews.
          He also had every team in the league at his Pro Day.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            I want to see more. It’s only one game and I’d struggle to say he “shut down” Jordan Matthews. He played well though. I think he could fight around blocks a little better and tackle better as well but he could be a good player with some help.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuen_WlHsd0&list=PL4IA_itPIQnTnxx-rSweClxqFAHUgexkI&feature=share&index=65 – Click Playlist and scroll down to see all Dontae Johnson videos

            “Physically strong player, as he could shed blocks well and had no problems tackling ball-carriers.

            One of the best tacklers in the draft class, Johnson shows the ability to be a dependable, wrap-up tackler. His eagerness to finish the play is not common to see from a cornerback.”

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            He’s not bad. Maybe in the 5th or 6th round.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            6’2 – 4.4 speed – physical, great tackler, and can play press.
            No way he gets out of the 3rd round.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            I highly doubt that. But I’ll tell you what. I bet you a dollar he doesn’t get drafted until after the 3rd. I’ll send you a dollar via paypal

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            sounds dumb.

            Dontae Johnson is better than SJB who is over hyped and very slow.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            Your loss on the dollar. SJB is hyped exactly where he needs to be. He just missed the cut for the top 10 corners. Johnson isn’t even registered as a corner. He’s not experienced at corner enough to really be competitive yet. In time can he be? Maybe. But as it stands now, there’s a reason why he’s ranked 179th overall and SJB is ranked 87th.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            Hold on there. CBS says he’s a free safety while most other sites say he’s a corner so disregard that.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            He played corner his senior season, lined up at corner during the senior bowl, participated as a corner during the combine and did all corner drills during his pro day. #CB

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            Another dumb argument.

            Not even #1 overall players pan out in the NFL.
            I don’t care who is ranked higher. MY OPINION Dontae Johnson will be better in the pros.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            We’ll see.

  • Tazzster

    In all fairness, Butler did not get ‘burned’ on the last play of the Titan game. He was in good position, but got pushed in the back. That is the problem with small CBs. The guy who really blew that play was Addae playing safety. He was 15 yards out of the play. How you dont come over to help out on the deep route with 15 seconds left in the game is beyond me.

    The greater tragedy on that play was the defensive play call. We blitzed Marshal on the right side and dropped a line man into coverage, leaving Marshal one on one with the left tackle… uh, yeah really, thats what happened – go back and watch it – its painful. To make it worse we had Weddle drop down into some sort of middle linebacker role to leave the undrafted free agent signing Addae who was playing in his 3rd NFL game on an island by himself.

    yeah… wow… total team meltdown.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i do remember. butler was in good position on the play and it was a nice grab by the receiver. Pagano killing us with his late game playcalling again. It seems to be the story of Pags. KILLS ME!!!

      • Sergio Quintero

        Not a fan of Pagano, but the only way he gets fired is if they suck, I can’t force myself to root for the chargers to sucking.

        • Tazzster

          He looked like a genius in that game we played in Denver. I don’t know if we can judge Pagano yet. There was a real lack of talent on the defensive side of the ball last year. Especially with all the injuries. Ingram, Freeny, Butler all missed time.

          If we pick up some defensive players in the draft who can be impact players it will be interesting how much better the defense can get.

          • Sergio Quintero

            He has this moments of brilliance, but he has some clunkers, and that inconsistency has been consistent.

            They don’t have runs of 5-6 weeks of dominant football, and the soft cover 3 scheme is antiquated and too conservative for my taste. He’s not a idiot but he’s nowhere near LeBeau, Zimmer, Rexy.

      • Tazzster

        The play call is a real head-scratcher there. It looks like some sort of nickel rotate play, where you try to confuse the offense by having everyone shift to the right. Locker was not confused. He saw single coverage on his WR with a single safety. He took a chance, underthrew the pass some and got away with it.

        Why you dont have 2 safeties back on 3rd and 10 is what I don’t understand.

        It appears the Addae forgets to read the quarterback… deep drop, looking right the whole way, guy streaking up the sideline. For some reason he does not go with the deep guy?!?! Inexperience. Hard to blame the guy when its only his 3rd NFL game and was seeing very limited action at that point.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Yeah. I remember that also. And I remember Pete blowing a fuse over it. It was a total team meltdown. Why does that happen?

    • Sergio Quintero

      I still thought Hunter committed offensive P.I., they being the home team I couldn’t see the official having the guts to call it. But the boner blown INT by Gilchrist earlier was the play that haunts me from that game.

      • Tazzster

        There is no doubt that Hunter pushes him. Butler needed to expect contact and play a little tougher. Also, he needed to find the ball faster and fight to keep his position to make a play on it. He had GREAT position, but did not keep it.

        • Sergio Quintero

          If they are going to play off coverage with Cover 3, they are going to need corners with excellent route recognition & ball tracking skills.

  • Daniel Sutter

    Need better corners but I dont think 25 is where we need to go. The drop off isnt as bad as reaching in round 1 and coming away with a player that helps our team slightly more than a second rounder isnt what our team needs. Solidify the pass rush (pressent and future) in rd1 and CB in rd2. Overall the D would be more improved with this route.

    • Tazzster

      I agree. The only cornerback I want in round 1 is Gilbert. I don’t want to break the bank to trade up 15 spots. So, pass rush sounds like a better option.

      I would rather pick up Dee Ford than Jason Verret.

      • Sergio Quintero

        That is my internal debate, and Ford keep winning, but the need at CB is greater, but I would love to have Ingram/Ford driving OT’s crazy for years.

        • Daniel Sutter

          Drafting solely on a “need” basis typically gets you reaching or drafting a bust. See English on this one…if we stay at 25 more than likely pass rush will be BPA and in turn also fills a need. dont pass on better tallent just because we need a corner. Imho Gilbert is the only 1st rd corner the chargers can really look at, and truth is we cant afforf to look his way. With that said wouldnt mind setting the O line up with another mauler in rd 1 either.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Telesco I thought went need over player in the first round last year, it my opinion I thought Star Lotulelei was a higher rated player than D.J. Fluker, but the Oline was so decimated it had to get upgraded, if he was a better player that is very open to debate, just something to remember this year with their decimated corner situation.

          • Daniel Sutter

            Fluker was the top rated RT on the board with our first pick last year, and o line was a need but RT wasnt considered one of the priority picks we needed. if we go corner with the 25th pick this year we will be getting at minimum the third best corner in the draft when we could get one of top rated pass rushers. BPA can also fill team needs when done in a smart manner. Fluker is a prime example of getting a top rated player at his possition and figuring things out around his tallent level (example being moving Clairy to Guard.) Could have grabbed the next best LT last year but woulda been reaching. Corner this year is the exact same situation but just a different possition. Why get a third or fourth best rated player at a certain possition if you can get a #1-2 rated in another (needed) area?

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          i keep thinking this too!

      • Daniel Sutter

        Yes sir! already have the smaller speedy corner in Williams but he is also unproven at the nfl level

  • Stefanie Smith

    I just read something on nfl.com that OTAs are going to start in about a month. Why does that matter? Because it’s that much closer to the start of football!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      that is all it is

  • Joel Ayala

    I’m more worried about the NT position. And what are our options left out there in FA. And if Nix is there at #25 will we take him?

  • Nick Mansoor

    A lot of critics have Verrett, Fuller and Roby falling to the second round. I’m OK with either of them if we pass on them in the first and trade up in the second like what we did last year.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    My bold prediction this season? Gilchrist gets cut.

    • CALiFORNiAkiD

      wanna make another bet? Lol jk

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Hahaha… that was FUNNY.. and don’t think I have forgotten about our bet. But, I just have a hard time seeing where he fits on this team when his contract Is up. Maybe I’m wrong.

        • CALiFORNiAkiD

          I agree.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            I mean.. we know he can’t play outside.. he didn’t even do well at nickel really.. then they tried him at SS.. he sucked.. then they moved him back to nickel.. WHERE HE DID PRETTY WELL.. but if Williams does well at nickel… what do you do with him? Just depth? Wouldn’t you want that spot for up-n-coming young CB’s?

          • Gunnar Martin

            Too bad we don’t have too many up-n-coming young CBs. I guess we might have a few after the draft, but I think Gilly might provide some valuable depth for this season. However, I don’t really see him back past his rookie deal.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            I’m just depth Gunnar. We all gotta come to terms sometime.

    • Daniel Sutter

      Im in the same boat Peter. I have my money on Williams playing as the Nickle CB as he was highly rated coming out of college. Gilly couldnt cut it at SS so other than depth where does he fit in? But with that said depth is a good thing…

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        I was really only half kidding when I posted that… It’s just that every time I read an article about our CB’s, people either forget to mention that he is on the roster.. or, they say something short & typical about him, like “Yep… Gilchrist is on the roster, too”. Hahaha. Even Ernie did that above, as well.. like two sentences.. which is fine… it just doesn’t inspire confidence that he is really an impact player on the roster.

        Depth is a good thing, for sure. Especially veteran presence. Not to mention, he has playoff experience, and I think that is very underrated on a team this young, He DID make some pretty good plays too this season, so I am not trying to sell him totally short. However, I wonder if he fits in, other than a depth player that isn’t really THAT good at any position he plays. Kinda like Clary.

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    Lmao BR ranked all the corners in the league and none of the Chargers made the list