May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Jason Verrett (TCU) holds up his jersey after being selected as the number twenty-five overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the San Diego Chargers at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Did the San Diego Chargers make the right move?


With the 25th selection in the draft, the San Diego Chargers had some options. They had some decisions to make with their draft choices and they decided to take Jason Verrett out of TCU.

Was that the decision that you would have made with the selection?

There are a number of different options that the team could have gone with. Bradley Roby was a name that the team was tossing around back and forth. The team decided to pass on him.

Louis Nix is someone who some experts talked about and he was passed up with the selection as well.

The team could have also gone with a number of different offensive linemen with the selection or they could have selected Marqise Lee with the pick.

Was Jason Verrett the right selection at pick 25 for the team?

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  • 21serg

    Yes no question

  • blu3ny3llow

    I would say yes it was the right move..However I’m sure many ppl ..including myself ..can’t help but worry about his height. .n wonder if he can cover the tall WRs that they will be facing…but for now I think it was the right choice

    • Stefanie Smith

      Exactly! But people get mad around here if you bring it up.

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

        Or his injuries.. or the fact that TT paid Cox a boatload of money, and he was a total bust… or refused to sign a CB in FA.

        • NativeSanDiegan

          That’s my ONLY concern; how durable he’ll be. Surprised at his very high bench total. Shows that he’s working. IMO you have to be somewhat short to possess that great COD and quickness. He sticks to receiveers which bothers the crap out of them-something we haven’t had since before Jammer. The more I see of him,the more I llike him. Kind of like Fluker last year. I also believe Williams will be a real good football player, the # 1 or 2 corner in this draft. Height does no good if you’re not in position and don’t have great ball skills – see Jammer. It seems he’s already pushing Wright into working harder and being a better player. Have to trust TT until proven wrong, just like with Fluker last year. He seems to have turned out the best OT in last year’s draft.
          I know you’ll still be rooting for him Peter, being the loyal Bolts fan that you are.
          Today’s the day I’m really excited about with our #2 & 3 picks. Could go in any direction.

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

            You know I will NSD!!! However, I’m not going rubber stamp everything TT does, simply because he’s been a little better than AJ was at the end, and Norv is gone. It’s a nice start, but a lot has been left on the table, in my opinion. People forget this team was one blown kick / bad call from a tirade of accusations from the fan base, for repeatedly making knuckle-headed mistakes throughout the season. I wonder how many people would be praising Telesco, if we missed the playoffs for a fourth straight year?Some would, but this “In Telesco we trust” thing might have worn thin months ago. Just being realistic, and hoping for the best.

          • NativeSanDiegan

            I hear ya Peter. Sometimes I think a person can outthink themselves. Like last year, trading up for Teo.
            Just saw us draft G from Notre Dame in 3rd; jury is out on him. We passed on WR Moncrief… That’s a head-scratcher for me.
            To be honest, I’m never 100% on anybody because no matter how much they put into it, nobody’s perfect. So they go for motivated, good quality guys with talent and hopefully coach them up.
            For me, jury’s still out on our D-coaching staff. Starting with D.C. Why so inconsistent?

            I really do like Verrett. Think he’ll open up some eyes. Hopefully!

  • arnie

    Chargers needed Cb right? So they got one of the best prospects in the draft. I’ve been on the band wagon they needed to get better upfront and they could get a CB later. But that’s why TT is the professional an i’m just a fan. I believe TT has a plan, so far that plan has gotten this team pointed in the right direction.
    Yeah there were other options, However none of us have access to the Chargers draft board, an what TT see’s as the BPA. Also, there are still 6 more rounds to go and six more picks, Anything could happen. I believe TT is going to take players that will build on what he did in 2013.

    • tubbs45

      Yep…

    • FitzWilly

      Sing it Arnie :)
      Amen

  • Andrew Buitron

    Without a doubt the right move. I would’ve been happy with Roby, but I think TT puts a lot of value on high character dudes and Roby had a little incident recently. But at the end of the day, we got a top ranked player in a position of need. And he has awesome hair.

    If Nix III is still available in the 2nd round, I would definitely pick him up. Either him or Van Noy.

  • Thaiwatchdog

    Athletic and skill-wise, Jason’s arguably the best CB in this year draft. His height, while a concern, is also his greatest asset.

    It explains his passion for the game as well as his need to prove himself to all doubters every single play. That’s something you can’t measure. Taller CB like Roby does not possess this quality and that’s why TT passed him up.

    My only concern regarding Jason’s size is his durability. I can only hope that having same body/muscle type (fast twitch) as Iverson, Jason can be as durable as AI was in the NBA.

  • Stefanie Smith

    My concern is what the sportscasters were saying about Verrett–questioning whether he would be able to stop Julius Thomas on the Broncos. If he can’t, then it was not the right pick. Could he stop a big guy? Similar to Talib shutting down Jimmy Graham? If he cannot, then the pick was not so great.

    Also, I realize it is not popular, but arguably he is not the best CB in the draft. This is just an opinion. Many out there say he is not. If he can cause problems for our opponents and doesn’t get a ton of penalties (his college play will likely draw penalties in the NFL), then it’s a great pick.

    • arnie

      All concerns and questions will be answered in training camp, and on the field.

    • tubbs45

      It is all opinion until they hit the field!

    • Nick in PB

      You might be right Stefanie, unfortunately, we didn’t draft high enough to get Fuller or Dennard. After looking at all of them, I don’t think I wanted Gilbert. Not physical enough. I do think that Verrett was the right pick at 25.

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

      Totally with you, and Mayock, and the NFL Analysts on this one, Stef. In my opinion, Telesco put himself in a bad position by not signing a free agent veteran, and he had no choice but to take Verrett, even though there were BPA players still on the board. I love how everyone has been beating that “Telesco doesn’t pick out of need.. he will go BPA, no matter what” drum for months. There were higher rated players on the board. What happened? The whole situation was handled poorly from free agency, until last night’s pick. Not saying that we got a bad player, because that is not the case. But, we had a real chance to get a guy like Verner in here, and pick up a good CB in the second round, and draft a safety in the first. That would have locked our secondary up, and made it downright dangerous for years to come. Instead, we have Verrett, and the same old suspect secondary.. and hope that he can cover big receivers. Oh, and we have Donald Brown… when we could have used that money on a veteran CB, and drafted a back up RB. Sorry if I’m not clapping out loud on these moves. Obviously, I will be cheering for the guy, and hope he is awesome, but this was really not done properly.

      • Diegoblue

        Buccaneers agreed to terms with CB Alterraun Verner on a four-year, $26.5 million contract with $14 million guaranteed. Could we have afforded that?? Even without Donald Brown we didn’t have that unless you want to mortgage off next year.. Size.. Verner 5’10 186 Verrett 5’9 1/2 189.. almost identical..so it is possible for him to succeed and not just succeed but perform well because its being done.

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

          Verner is a proven ascending pro bowler, an excellent corner, and a perfect fit for Paganos scheme… so… yes, I would have mortgaged without hesitation.. and his price was reasonable. Then we still could have taken a taller CB in any round, and still had an elite veteran to teach the rookie the ropes, and eventually replace Wright at the #2 spot, as Verner would immediately be your #1. In my opinion, anyway.

          • Diegoblue

            I hear you .. But we agree to disagree I would not have mortgaged 2015 but that’s me … Verrett is our guy I hope he makes the non believers believers

  • Jordan Denning

    I recall Shareece Wright playing really well against Demarius Thomas and Dwayne Bowe towards the end of last season. I think if he can keep up that level of play this season, then Verrett could be the perfect compliment to him.

    • Gunnar Martin

      I agree with this. Verrett should be a very reliable No. 2 corner, as far as rookies go.

  • zeus619

    I believe this was right move. CB was a strong need coming into draft. Roby had a few question marks coming into today. Like Verrett size is a concern but the guy is fast great in coverage works well in zone. Even though he’s 5’9″ he could still be a good CB for chargers, look at Brandon Flowers 5’9″ and a top CB in league.

  • tubbs45

    A little statistical support for Verrett in the link below:
    http://draftmetric.com/2014-prospect-risk-analysis-metric/

    Can’t wait for tonights picks!
    http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z229/Razzledazzy/GIFS/deerpopcorn.gif

    • Nick in PB

      Love that one Tubbs! That’s going to be me tonight for sure! I like Verrett over Roby for sure. There are a lot of smallish corners in the league that do very well. Verrett is going to be one of those guys. He’s so competitive. It would have been interesting if Cincy had not picked up Dennard! Wonder who we would have picked? Do you think Verrett was the choice all along?

      • Julien Bélair

        they would have picked Verrett over Dennard I think

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

          I agree.

          • Julien Bélair

            Peter do you still want the Chargers to draft a safety? if you do which one ?

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

            Sadly, that time has passed.. yet again.. for a real “difference making” strong safety, anyway. I’m still praying that Telesco has the sense of urgency to get one in the later rounds, for depth, and competition.. Parker, perhaps? At this point, I am just hoping that our most talented strong safety makes an impact this season… Brandon Taylor.

          • Gunnar Martin

            I’m not sure what to think of BT. He looked really great in his LSU tape, but… well you know the problem with him. I remember he had that AWESOME hit against the Cardinals (I think) in the preseason last year. Man I was impressed. I have no idea what the team’s stance on him is though. I guess it’ll just be another waiting game we have to play.

          • Julien Bélair

            I hope Taylor finds a way to make an impact in the NFL… I really liked him in college and I had high expectations for him…..I guess we’ll see how his knee is feeling during the off season.

  • FitzWilly

    Good pick T^2
    he’s a baller plain and simple
    can’t wait for round 2 tonight :)

    GOOOOO BOLTS

  • Sergio Quintero

    Good move no question he allowed very small amount of separation, he truly does force QB to make almost perfect throws, the chargers will try him outside until he proves he can’t play there, I expect the chargers to try to matchup the physical WR on Wright and the speed guys on Verrett.

    You guys do know that Verrett is basically one inch and less than 10 pounds smaller than Dennard & Roby that is pretty much negligible in my book. I enjoyed watching 3 games on draftbreakdown, surprisingly good on jump balls, doesn’t get beat deep, excellent eye awareness, super quickness. Crafty WR’s that play with power can and will give him trouble, in particular a Anquan Boldin can probably give him a whole lot of trouble, the one true weakness was on patterns that WR can box him out.

    • tubbs45

      1 inch = 3 football feet 10 lbs = 50 football lbs. he is doomed. LOL

    • Cooper

      I totally agree, it comes down to if he can play and his game film convinces me more than Roby. Even if he only becomes our slot CB, I believe he still improves our terrible pass defense.

      • Sergio Quintero

        3rd down you want him matched up against Welker, and force Manning off the easy completion, that is valuable.

        • Cooper

          He’s extremely valuable in the slot and not to mention people forget that Wright DID improve last year and he did pretty well against D. Thomas. So to think JV will be asked to cover him is speculation at this point.

        • Parker Richardson

          I definitely see him being a perfect fit to match up on Welker! Can’t wait to watch that face off!!

    • Gunnar Martin

      Thank you Sergio! Great analysis btw

  • Cooper

    I love the pick. Great Value for 25, they didn’t move up to get him so I don’t consider it a reach and they didn’t pick a projected later round guy ie SJB. I get that he is “on the small size” I think that is crap, if he can play, he can play. I think too many people get caught up in measurables and loose site of game tape. Bolt fans have been saying how much we needed a CB. Well, we got one and I for one am excited about it. Anyone at this point has to be considered an upgrade to that horrid pass D we had last year!

    • Sergio Quintero

      Can the guy play its that simple, hell yeah he can play, watch the tape, ideally you want to match him with speed finesse WR’s, the chargers found a starting CB.

  • BuhaySD

    Best player available at a position of great need. How can you be mad at the pick?

  • Parker Richardson

    He’s going to be a stud! Watching his tape, he is all over the field! And in our defensive scheme he won’t be playing a lot of press coverage. He will be in off man or zone coverage on the outside where he will just be asked to beat the receiver to the ball. I love how competitive he is! I feel as long as TT keeps adding players that play selflessly and for the love of the game its going to pay off in the long run!

    • Sergio Quintero

      Tape is impressive isn’t it, the little separation he gives is damn impressive, and he’s active in the run, and he can blitz.

      • Parker Richardson

        I tend to worry about most cornerbacks being a liability in the run game. Whether its just that they’re easily blocked or lack the willingness to put their body on the line. His competitive nature and aggressiveness completely eliminate my worry for him in that aspect.

  • Pels04

    I do think it was the right pick. He plays with passion and aggression that we need in the secondary. This kid has a 39″ vertical so his not a big issue with me.

    • Parker Richardson

      His vertical and overall athleticism definitely helps make up for the lack of height. He’s just as athletic as Roby but definitely way more fundamentally sound and consistent!

      • Julien Bélair

        better attitude also

  • Pels04

    Still plenty of talent left at the DT, LB and WR positions to fill those needs. Cant wait to see what happens.

    • Julien Bélair

      ya me too…I root for Adams. what about you?

      • Pels04

        Would love to have Adams. Not sure if he will be available at our selection tho. I do like the big body of Jordan Mathews and i know Rivers would too.

  • NateLew

    Reason why Verrett is 5x nicer than Denver picking Roby? Manning & Rivers are elite QB’s, with short windows to get their last & first Super Bowl ring. With Manning in potentially his final year as well as Gates & Hardwick both teams should be in win-now mode. Verrett MIGHT not have the tools to become a top 5 CB because of his height/durability concerns, but from Day 1 I see him as an efficient starter who can make plays and be, perhaps a top 20 CB from the get. Roby on the other hand has the potential to become the best of the class depending who you talk to, but in 2013 he looked like a Chargers 2013 cornerback… in college, doubt he comes near his prime until Peyton gets his drivers license revoked.

  • Cooper

    Is anybody hoping that LT encourages him to wear #21??? How funny would that be? It could be the lucky number for horned frogs turned Bolt.

  • esco charger

    Let’s see he struggles against big physical receivers lets see who we play this year and is in our conference first off D.Thomas too big Julius Thomas Dwayne bowe James Jones anquan Bolden vernan Davis Larry Fitzgerald Eric Decker just to name a few and we don’t know what we have in Williams the fastest corner coming out last year I like the way he plays at times but I also seen him get pushed around alot I hope he ends up a good player but the injury concerns are there if anything if he doesn’t end up as a good enough corner maybe he can convert to safety

    • Gunnar Martin

      Well they can always put Wright on those bigger receivers, like what they did last year. I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t do that.

  • Cgoodness13

    im not worried about size, anyone else remember Weddle slapping balls away from Megatron? Hes going to be a stud, Wright needs to do something with his hair though to match the rest of the DB’s

    • Julien Bélair

      Ya they all have long hairs……or beard !!

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

    You know me.. I would have signed a veteran CB in FA, taken a safety at 25, and gone with a lower round CB to boot.. So, no, they didn’t make the right decision(s).

    BTW… what is he doing about the shoulder? I saw an interview late last night that he did on NFL AM. He was talking about the torn Labrum. Not sure how old it was, but he said it was only 85% healed, and that he still had to consult his doctors in LA, to see if he needed surgery. If he needs surgery, is he going to play through it, and get it next offseason? Or, is he getting it asap, and going to miss this season? Are there any updates on the status of his shoulder? I imagine he will play, but that would be a major concern, if he actually needs the surgery now. Anyone?

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

        Dude.. thank you! I saw the interview on Chargers.com late last night, and was like.. uh-oh. At least that isn’t looming. Wonderful.

      • Gunnar Martin

        That is great news. Was that March 17? No matter when it was, it’s pretty impressive that he had the toughness to play through almost an entire season on it and do the bench press. I’m really glad he’s a Charger.

        • Diegoblue

          19 Reps..more than some LBs.. Mental toughness can’t coach that.

          • Gunnar Martin

            Right, but still, with a torn labrum? I don’t care who you are, you’re physically AND mentally crazy strong if you can do that.

  • Anthony95

    I still think Roby would have been the better selection if they were dead set on CB with the pick. I could end up being wrong and Verrett could be great.

    Just with Roby’s size could’ve lined him out vs #1 WR, Wright vs #2, and Williams in the slot. That seems better than having no-one to cover the bigger WR’s especially in the red zone and deep balls thrown to outside shoulder. That is where I see him struggling. From the tape, the kid can hit and if he adds 10 lbs of muscle while not losing speed then he could be good.

    Since we won’t play much man coverage that will help him. However, if we have a new DC in 2015 then we could be back in the draft for another CB next year.

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

      THANK YOU.. these are my concerns, as well.

    • Diegoblue

      Lets see how the DBs perform with our two starting LBs Freeney and Ingram back full strength.. The pressure will change everything .. Roby is 5’11 and Verrett 5’9 1/2 not that much of a difference its not like Roby is 6’2 or 6’3 Richard Sherman size.

      • Anthony95

        I am also wondering if Telesco picks up another CB in the draft. A guy like Desir in the 4th would be a huge get. That would make me feel a lot better as he can be a long-term solution along with Verrett with both starting at CB and Wright backing them up.

        • Diegoblue

          I’m with you on Desir .. I also like Phillip Gaines both of these guys would tighten up our secondary

  • Boltup92

    Great pick up! He is exactly what the chargers needed. A strait up baller. He was the best pick at that 25 and luckily it fits our need. Robey may have better physical tools but when you watch him he is not a football player. He can never find the ball in the air. Hence how that guy from Wisconsin torched him. He was literally right there on the guy and the ball flies right by his face. NFL quarterbacks are going to eat him alive.

  • tbell11

    I’m glad we hot a corner because of the rest that were available he was the best one. I don’t love the pick because of his size but the way the chargers play is more zone and off coverage so he should be fine. Like people have said it comes down to game tape and he was a monster just like Kennan Allen was. Roby is more athletic but ill take verrett over him any day. It was a solid pick because if verrett was like 2 inches taller he’d be a top 10 pick.

    • Parker Richardson

      I don’t even think Roby was more athletic. Verrett was better in every category at the combine. Not to mention, Verrett is way more consistent and fundamentally sound than Roby. The only thing Roby has that Verrett doesn’t is height.

  • Eli Rodriguez

    I’m happy with this. I think he he the best corner in the draft. I never had anything against him except his height. Now let’s get Van No in the 2nd.