With the 25th pick in the 2014 draft, the San Diego Chargers select…. Jason Verrett, cornerback, TCU.
It’s not exactly a secret that the San Diego Chargers had one of the worst secondaries in the NFL last season. Part of this could be due to a lack of consistent pass rush, but generally speaking (and outside of Eric Weddle), the Chargers secondary was sloppy and inconsistent for a majority of the season. Verrett may be the best cover corner and ball hawk in the draft class but the knock on him is that he is under 6ft tall. But he has the ability to break up plays, even with big receivers. His vertical jump (39”) and speed (4.38) helps alleviate some of his height concerns; but if he were only a few inches taller, he could be a top 10 player in this draft. He has a rare combination of athleticism, fluidity, and speed that allow him to mirror his opponents and blanket them in coverage:
“Racking up maybe the most solid overall resume within the ‘trinity’ of stats [(Pass/Defensed, Snaps/Target, and Burn Rate)], Jason Verrett capitalized heavily on his ball skills. He broke up one out of every 2.75 targets which makes him the best ballhawk of this group, if not the entire CB class (Rotoworld – CB Metrics).”
Jason Verrett is a playmaker. A Tyrann Matthieu type and a great step in fixing the atrocity that we call our secondary.