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Count Down To Camp: Jason Verrett

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

The FA buzz is behind us, the Mock Drafts  have ended and the war rooms have moved on to 2015. Now it’s time to get a better look at the groceries the Chargers brought home.  I’m going to kick off the series by looking at the draft picks 1-3.

Jason Verrett: The Chargers needed a CB in this draft and against my beliefs they did it in the 1st round… just to spite me. The upside, they got one of the projected top 5 CB in the draft.  Verrett has come through a lot, from JUCO to being  an all Defense player of the year and leading the big 12 in interceptions.  In TCU in ’11, he played in all 13 games (10 starts), logging 58 tackles, 4 pass breakups and 1 interception with 1.5 tackles for a loss. In ’12, he led the Big 12 in interceptions in the fall after posting 63-16-6 with 5 tackles for loss and a blocked field goal in 13 starts. He was named co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year after logging 39-14-2 with 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble in 11 starts. Verrett was listed at #5 only because of his height, had he been 2 inches taller he was easily #2… maybe #1.

Shareece Wright agrees with that,

“…It doesn’t matter at all,” Wright said.  “He is a great athlete.  He makes a ton of plays at 5-9.  He’s going to be just fine…More here…

GM Tom Telesco on his height,

He played in a big time conference against a lot of really good receivers and quarterbacks and [his height] was never an issue,” Telesco said.  “The way he plays his positioning, his leverage and vertical jump really hasn’t been an issue with bigger receivers.”  More here….

As far as plays go, I watched his highlight and after getting beat, Verrett chased down Beckham WR LSU and broke up the pass. Seeing that came as a relief knowing how badly other CB  **cough** COX **cough** got burned in just the same manner.

Durability? I heard Telesco make the comparison to Bob Sanders, and yes he’s been hurt. Unlike Sanders, Verrett is playing in more of pass coverage role and not run support like Sanders did at Safety. My point? Less chances of high impact to cause injury at corner. The bright side, he played through almost all of his injuries.

What  I see is a young corner coming into a situation that will help him succeed. He landed with a team on the rise. Verrett will be surrounded by veteran players that we have great character, and will help his learning process to adjust in the NFL, so hopefully he can just concentrate on making plays. The Chargers selected a CB with a combination of speed, toughness, and instincts. I look forward to seeing this young man up close in camp.

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  • tubbs45

    “What I see is a young corner coming into a situation that will help him succeed. ”
    Thats the ticket!!! My thoughts exactly… Nice Write up Arnie!

    • arnie

      LOL thanks Tubbs

  • Gunnar Martin

    Having Weddle behind him will be a huge boost. Is there another safety in the game that you would rather have backing you up? I don’t think so.

    • arnie


  • Dave

    So Pagano, this could be your year now. You have a lot of talent so optimize the use of talent, allow for competition e.g. Williams and especially the DL. Don’t just assume Reyes or Lissimore should be starting. Why not have Freeney and Attaochu as OLB and play Ingram as ILB over Teo once in a while? Make Teo earn his starting status, don’t just force him there because of his draft status.
    Chant the mantra, “stop the run and get off the field on 3rd downs!” And for the love of God, stop playing the CBs off 8-10 yards most of the time.

    • arnie

      There in lies the the problem for me. Is it the players? Or Pagano? I’m still not convinced Pagano is the “the guy” at DC. However if it is the players then Kudos, he’s still the problem. better players will give you better play. Better players under a poor scheme will give you mediocre. And that’s what the Chargers were, average.

  • Nick in PB

    Appreciate your insight Arnie! Good work. I look forward to more. Would I have preferred a taller corner? Probably but the differences are so little. 1-2 inches. The thing about this guy is that he covers so tightly, the QB might not want to throw his way. That’s what we got him for. His coverage ability. No doubt Offensive Coordinators will test him though.

    • arnie

      A taller corner? absolutely. The problem is there are not that many of them, that can cover (see Cox). The reality about coverage is, you have to be close enough to give yourself a chance to defend a pass. That’s Verrett.
      Will he get beat? Sure. Will WR score on him? Absolutely. What i’m hoping for, we won’t watch him get burned on every. single. play.

  • Robert Fairbanks

    The Chargers certainly improved with this draft, and so did the three other teams. I think it is still a three team race behind the Broncos for the number two spot in the Division this season.

    • arnie

      I expect it to be tight. I give the edge to the Chargers. We still have Rivers, i expect the defens, play calling and running game to be improved. We exposed kc and every team took advantage, they still have Smith at QB. oakland is still….oakland. They have to figure out who the QB is before i go down that road.