The San Diego Chargers were desperate for help in the secondary when they entered the 2014 NFL Draft. With their first selection in the draft, they brought in CB Jason Verrett to help out the defensive backfield.
The main talk around Verrett going into the draft was his lack of size. Everyone complimented his ability to play the position, but they didn’t know if he had the size to last in the NFL. Could he take the beating and could he stand up to the large receivers ih the NFL? Because of that lack of size, people penciled him in as a slot corner in the NFL.
Verrett has shown the ability to lock down receivers on the outside in college though. He just needs to step up and make it happen in the NFL. Will that be what he is asked to do in his first season?
The Chargers signed CB Brandon Flowers to help in the secondary last week. He has proven to be a reliable starter on the outside with the Kansas City Chiefs. He fits the Chargers scheme and he plays better on the outside. He has the same size issues, but he has proven his skills against the players in the league and is not a concern on the outside. If he can show his talent in training camp, then he will be starting on the outside for the Chargers.
Shareece Wright‘s job isn’t locked up quite yet. The team likes to habe the competition open during training camp, but his starting role seems safe. He finished the season strong. He played well against good competition at the end of the year and likely will get the opportunity to start again this season.
Where is that going to leave the young rookie? Verrett is already playing catch up after missing time with a busted shoulder. Unless someone gets injured, Verrett will likely be battling for the starting slot corner spot. The competition will include Marcus Gilchrist and Steve Williams. Richard Marshall will be looking to lock down a job as well.
I like the potential of having Flowers and Wright on the outside with Verrett in the slot. The competition in training camp will be fun to watch.