Nov 30, 2013; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs cornerback Jason Verrett (2) watches the Baylor Bears celebrate their win at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The Bears defeated the Horned Frogs 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Mayock on San Diego Chargers: I think they have to get a corner


NFL Draft Expert Mike Mayock believes that the San Diego Chargers are praying that a corner falls to them in the first round of the NFL Draft. Mayock believes that 5 corners could be taken in the first round and the team is hoping that one of them will still be available at pick 25:

“I think they have to get a corner,” Mayock said. “I think there are five corners going in the first round, and I think they’re praying that one of them gets to 25. This guy, (Jason) Verrett from TCU, I think he’s special. The problem is he’s only 5-9. That’s literally the only knock on this kid, that he’s 5-9. He competes, he’s tough, but he loses the jump ball to bigger receivers. (UT San Diego)

It is a pretty good assumption. Those corners have to be high on the Chargers priority list in the first round. I just wonder what the team will do if they all are gone by pick 25. What player would they look at next? Who would be the next player on the board be?

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  • Sergio Quintero

    Telesco has a history with drafting small corners all the way back to his days as scouting director at Indianapolis, and clearly Verrett fits the overachiever model that Telesco followed in 2013. Something to think about.

    • RoyalChargers

      Verret won’t be the 25th pick we may get him but not with the 25th pick

      • Sergio Quintero

        That is possible considering a lot of teams want to trade up to get a QB, at least I hope want to trade up.

        There is that rumored trade with the Jags, 25 would go to them and they would send 39 and 70, that is something to consider as well.

        • RoyalChargers

          There will be more talent on the board. And as much as we need a corner I don’t see verrett as the savior for our defense he’s too small. TT praised Steve williams I don’t think verret is super high on thier board

          • Sergio Quintero

            Just a week to go, another second has passed.

        • navw21

          Serg I sense us trading down more and more. If we traded with Jax. at 39 I think we get Kyle Van Noy and at 57 hope a Pierre Desir is there. What you think?

          • Sergio Quintero

            That would make sense, I like Desir more at pick 70 in that case, I have Gaines from Rice ahead of him, because of better speed and level of competition.

            But if Gaines is gone I can certainly live with Desir, super high ceilling on that guy, but you would probably have to start Marshall most of the season, and that is why I have never been fully on the Desir train, but I like him.

            Van Noy I have feeling the chargers will find a way to get that guy on this team, just fits the model perfectly.

          • navw21

            Desir’s stock is skyrocketing right now. And Gaines durability scares me with his wrist he broke and it didn’t heal correctly.

          • Sergio Quintero

            They are pretty much 5-10 pick difference at the most, both 2-3 round guys, and if the chargers don’t get a corner in the first, they are my 2 best options.

          • Sergio Quintero

            How about a trade mock:
            2a Van Noy OLB
            2b Moncrief WR
            3a Desir CB
            3b Gabe Jackson OG
            4 Weston Richburg C
            5 Zack Kerr NT
            6 Jalen Saunders KR
            7 Chad Young FB

          • navw21

            I did this one a couple days ago.
            2a. Van Noy OLB
            2b. Pierre Desir CB
            3a. Moncrief WR
            3b. Dozier OG
            4. Zach Kerr NT
            5. Bryan Stork C
            6. Osahon Irabor CB
            7. Josh Mauro DE
            … very similar. Im hoping Moncrief will fall bc of how deep WR is. I like Richburg tons but just parcel to Stork.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Really like yours, just get me a kick returner. Nice pick on Mauro I like him more than Young, just wanted to show some love to SDSU and fullbacks in general.

          • Daniel Sutter

            Like it…

          • navw21

            I heard the front office wanted to give Kerwynn Williams a real shot at KR. But more competition with Saunders would be nice too.

          • Daniel Sutter

            I really like Kerr, but dont think he will be there at 5.

          • afroamongfew

            I was high on Gabe Jackson, but then I was given a lesson in power scheme OGs vs. zone scheme OGs and Jackson will fit a power scheme much better than the zone one we run. Also, Richburg will be gone in the 3rd, so you could probably move Kerr up to the 4th (where I think he will go) and then take someone else in the 5th (I’m pretty high on Oregon DE Taylor Hart as a run-stopping end who could be brought in to rotate Reyes or Liuget out on obvious run downs).

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        Explain your reasoning.

    • Julien Bélair

      after re-watched his tapes yesterday and what scares me the most about Verrett is not his size. For some reason opposing teams are not scare of him AT ALL. He gets a LOT of balls trowing his way. Not because the receiver is open but because they don’t respect him and like the matchup one on one….. the play was design to throw his way. I don’t like it.
      When he will face bigger receiver in the NFL the quaterback will target him a lot and he will loose those battles.

  • Diegoblue

    What if Verett is the only CB left and OLB Shazier and WR Lee and Cooks is still on the board .. What do we do?

    • afroamongfew

      Is Kelvin Benjamin off the board? Because, if that’s the case, I’d take Lee over Cooks.

      • Diegoblue

        Yeah Benjamin is off

      • Sergio Quintero

        I think the chargers like Latimer more than Benjamin, you can say its a feeling, but his most recent visits to teams have him running in the 4.38 range.

        • afroamongfew

          Word. I was choosing from the options posed by OP. I think they have significant more interest in Latimer (they interviewed him and brought him in for a visit), even though I think it’s a little misguided. Benjamin might not have that straight line speed, but you can’t tell me that he wouldn’t help our Red Zone scoring woes immediately. The knocks on his hands and route running ability are nothing compared to his size and just how seriously other teams would have to play him.

          I like Latimer, but do you think teams will feel pressured to contain/defend him as much as they will for Benjamin if he was our number 2 option on the field? I don’t think so.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Taking Latimer in the first seems a stretch for a guy with average at best route running skill, meaning learning curve, but I prefer route running problems to hands problems.

            If the guy has a good work ethic the routes will get better, but a 6’3 215 lbs WR with sub 4.4 speed and excellent hands is a rarity, I still wouldn’t put it out of the realm of possibility.

            Read Posey on Cooks he has a major man crush on the little guy, he surprised me when I watched draftbreakdown on him, on how good he tracks deep balls in the air.

          • afroamongfew

            I did, but then I read Stephen Wright’s take on Cooks and I just came away with the same feeling I have about Marquise Lee. Where I see Lee and Cooks having the ceiling as a WR2 but definitely need time to work on securing/finishing the catch.

            Granted, these are some of the same issues people have on my personal WR crush, Kelvin Benjamin, but given our current WR corps, I’ll sacrifice a little speed for a lot more size.

          • Sergio Quintero

            They’re all really good players, and I have admitted for a long time the best player at 25 with almost 100% certainty is going to be a WR. So Lee, Cooks, Benjamin & Latimer, I think all will do well, in particular if they have a QB of Rivers level throwing them the ball, minor differences and more or less learning curve on this group, more or less speed as well.

          • Sergio Quintero

            In terms of scoring in the red zone, I put these suggestions on the discussion to that topic about a week ago, If I were them:

            1) Stop being a finesse team in the red zone, what are you doing playing 3-4 WR in the red zone on first down, in particular inside the ten. Put in those TE’s and play power football, they said they want to be a running team, put in those 2-3 TE sets, run inside, and play action pass of the illusion of that inside run.

            2) Play action pass more: I can’t remember more than 3 play action pass attempts inside the 10, you can get some gimme TD’s if the defense over commits.

            3) Ladarius Green vs. corners: he made look easy the one time they through a fade his direction, he is 6’6, throw him the damn ball!!

            4) Run Ryan Mathews more: In combination with getting more blockers, Mathews proved to be your best inside runner, time to show the trust in him in the red zone.

            5) Study the “rub” plays of the Broncos & Patriots: Isn’t this a copycat league, study the best teams in the redzone and copy-paste their stuff. The Broncos run a myriad of “rub” plays in which one WR opens the play for another.

          • Julien Bélair

            Benjamin is overrated he is an old Wr who didn’t dominate in college which is a big red flag to me. Plus he doesn’t posses great speed, drops too many balls and he is not a great route runner.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            agreed. not a fan of his at all

          • afroamongfew

            Hardly. His route running is a lot better than folks have given him credit for, and his drop rate is a lot better than Marquise Lee or Brandin Cooks. I’ll sacrifice a little bit of speed for size, physicality and a talent that other teams will HAVE to gameplan for over the likes of Lee and Cooks any day.

    • Sergio Quintero

      I don’t think size is a detriment in Telesco’s eyes, this guys has drafted: Tim Jennings, Rashaud Powers-Neal, Dante Hughes, Steve Williams, in the last few years.

      Huge fan of Cooks, for all the people that wanted DeSean Jackson they are basically the same player, check the measurables and speed.

      Shazier I don’t think is a pass rusher, he’s under 240 lbs, and his greatest skill is a run and chase LB, so he’s a ILB for this defense.

      I was shocked to read the drops level on Lee, he had over 10% of drops on ball thrown his way.

      For me its the 2 small guys in your situation.

      • Diegoblue

        OK.. I like Lee I think people are making a mistake on him..

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          i agree with that. don’t know why he slid so far down.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Tested poorly in measurables, drop rate at 11-12%, incredibly deep WR draft, bad production in 2013 related to really bad QB play at USC you have a bad mix for Lee.

          • SDmarm17

            Tested poorly in measurables, low production due to bad QB play, pac 12 player, great route runner. Sounds like Keenan to me.

          • Julien Bélair

            Because people don’t like player who are not big AND not fast. Lee is a great route runner just like Keenan but that is less impressive in most eyes

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            and that is just stupid. he would kill in our offense. KILL

          • Julien Bélair

            I agree. To me Lee is Allen 2.0

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            i think i liked Allen more coming out of college, but they have a lot of the same skill sets. the thing lee doesn’t do well is get after the football. don’t like how he waits for ball to get to him. Allen was much better at getting after it.

          • Julien Bélair

            Ya Allen is pretty good after the catch. The only thing I noticed in his college tape is that he felt a lot without even being touched…. I don’t know why… I was scared of that but it didn’t really happen last year.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            i did notice something like that… like his mind thinks he is faster than his feet

          • Julien Bélair

            and then he slipped. well hopefully it didn’t happen during his first NFL year

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  • afroamongfew

    Mayock is correct that we need to draft a CB, but he’s wrong in insinuating that we HAVE to take one in the first. Why take Verrett while possibly passing up on better offensive line, wide receiver and/or pass rushing prospects when there are valuable CB prospects to be found in the later rounds as well? There isn’t a lot that separates Verrett from EJ Gaines, Phillip Gaines, Rashaad Reynolds or Terrance Mitchell, IMO.

    Also, there’s the problem that taking a CB and just expecting him to much more than Antoine Cason 2.0 is incredibly problematic given the patchwork state of the defense. I think taking a corner in the 1st would be especially foolish for that reason. Do you guys honestly think Verrett is going to solve our defensive woes? Not to knock him severely, but I think it’s a recipe for disaster to set him (or Roby) like that. Dude needs to go to a franchise where he isn’t expected to completely help turn around the defense (like SF or Cinci) to have a chance to succeed, not us.

    • Sergio Quintero

      He’s part of the solution, he or whoever corner comes in, but a bigger part of the solution is getting full season from Freeney & Ingram.

      And a serious push forward for both ILB, Reyes, Wright and whoever plays SS.

      • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

        True, True, and True….Plus they need that push at NT too. IF front 7 blows, it reflects on the secondary. Please Pagano, get your head outta your rear this season!!! Coach up your squad!!!! Adapt and adjust your schemes throughout the game!!!

        • Sergio Quintero

          Pagano please, please, please, can we get some press coverage in here to actually disrupt some patterns you know like Seattle used to bitchslap the Broncos, something to consider!?!?

          Don’t be shocked that Nix falls all the way to the chargers lap in the 2nd round, he seems to be falling in the most recent mocks.

          I actually would prefer the small school guys in Ellis & Kerr to Nix who plays with “more finesse than you want from a 330 lbs player”.

          • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

            I like that you do your due diligence Sergio. I can tell your love for the Bolts and the game in general are strong! “THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH YOU” lol
            I read a majority of your posts esp. on the UT. Q&As w/ the writers…
            Keep em’ coming!!! It gets me thru this insanity of waiting for the Draft to be here already because of whatever cock a meme reason the commissioner wants to use.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Thanks for the respect powder blue, speaking of bitchslapping, can we get one on Goddell this is ridiculous.

            The very little the chargers let slip is to the pair at the UT, and you can make some conclusions from the answers they give, say reading amongst the tea leaves. Sometimes I make question in opposition to my position just to make sure I’m not off base.

            Its just a week to go blue

          • Julien Bélair

            I rewatched Nix tape and I honestly don’t think he is a first rounder anymore. He does nothing in the passing game and get pushed around too much in the run game.

            My joker NT for the Chargers is Jerngian. I know he is only 300 pounds but we pursued Mitchell this off season a 300 pounds Nt.

    • Diegoblue

      I agree we don’t have to get a CB in the 1st .. We have to take the BPA.. If it happens to be a CB so be it but if not don’t force it.. Thats how you get into trouble

      • afroamongfew

        Totally, I’m just having a hard time envisioning a scenario where Verrett wins up heads and shoulders above the rest of the available talent at #25.

      • Sergio Quintero

        I thought the chargers forced the Oline situation last year, I thought Fluker’s talent was more around pick 20, and that there were more talented players ahead of him in Lotuleilei & Vaccaro. So taking a corner wouldn’t surprise me.

        • Diegoblue

          True .. We did force with Fluker and got lucky as hell .. Hopefully we don’t tempt fate again .. I too thought we would get Lotuleilei last year

  • Edward Sherman

    I live here in okc i like aron colvin kind of like an old cromartie pick can pick him up later in draft.

    • Gunnar Martin

      LOVE Colvin. I can just imagine…

  • diomar espinal

    Im just praying to the football gods that Darqueze slips to us.

  • SDmarm17

    “Richard Sherman is a great corner. He’s big. He’s fast. He’s physical. He plays the ball. He’s what you want. But there’s just not that very many of them. … We need guys who can cover people, No. 1, and tackle. And if they come in a smaller size, they come in a smaller size. If they’re average-sized, they’re average-sized. But if you hold out looking for just Richard Sherman, you’ll be waiting a long time.” – Tom Telesco on Cornerbacks.
    http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=san-diego-chargers&id=4731&src=desktop
    If nobody wants to trade with us then it looks like Verrett might be our guy.

    • arnie

      Very true. But lets look at this in context. Nobody knew, cared, or talked about Sherman, until last season. The other, he was taken in the 5th round. Lastly he went to a system where he had to compete, and the best players play.
      if i see anything about Telesco, he’s all about the BPA. Do not count of telesco taking Verrett just because he’s there. Who we think the BPA is and what the Charger need, is just conversation. If you re-watch the press conference, TT also stated “… I don’t rank needs…” if he had, Keenan Allen would not be a Charger.
      All i’m sayin’ don’t be disappointed if CB is not the #25 selection.

      • SDmarm17

        I’m actually hoping we don’t go CB in the first round. Ideally we trade down, if not BPA. I wouldn’t be disappointed with Van Noy at 25 nor would I be disappointed if we went offense in the first. Yes our D is weak and we need immediate starters there however I don’t think one player no matter who it is on D will make the impact that we all expect him to make. But I think we need to play to our strengths. True we play Den twice and need to be able to defend against their receivers but if we can continue to control the clock like we did last year our D will be well rested plus i really expect us to make a huge jump on D especially our secondary. I think Steve Williams and Addae are going to be great. Also we play some crazy good defenses this year so giving PR more weapons or better blocking in the run game/ pass protection will help us out against those defenses.

      • Stefanie Smith

        So is the Charger philosophy with BPA – whoever is the best player available –take him whether he fills a need/hole or not? You’re right about the Keenan Allen thing… did we need him? Probably not.

  • cam

    Picking a 5’9″ corner (I don’t care who you are) would be a huge mistake. This league is trending towards big, 6’4-plus, WRs… There will be a ton of talented OLs, DLs AND OLBs at this spot in the draft. Pick one of them and addess the corner position (Which happens to be very deep) later in the draft… please?

  • Julien Bélair

    ok I’ll say this : everybody … be prepared for Bradley Roby. He will fall because of all the red flags. But Telesco will gamble and hope that he will turn it around. He is the best CB in the draft he just need to be controlled. We have the looker room for that.

  • vct

    Put him on one of those torture machines that stretch out your body to gain an inch or two lol.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Very good suggestion!

  • Nick Mansoor

    At this point, I really don’t care which CB we end up picking up in the first. Any one of them are a huge upgrade over what we currently have, which is pretty sad.

  • arnie

    If none of the guys are there, the Chargers could move to take a player to shore up the front seven.