Nov 30, 2013; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs cornerback Jason Verrett (2) during the game against the Baylor Bears at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The Bears defeated the Horned Frogs 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Chargers found their corner in the first round of the draft with the selection of Jason Verrett. Here are some highlights of Verrett from college:
Also, here is the scouting report from CBS Sports on Verrett:
STRENGTHS: Fluid body type with smooth hips to easily turn and adjust his frame. Excellent short-area burst and flexibility to seamlessly redirect his footwork to mirror receivers in space.
Very good feel on an island – baits and drives on throws with burst and timing. Improved instincts and awareness, not afraid to come off his man to make a play. Excellent ballskills and confidence to undercut routes and finish with the interception. Quick read/react skills.
Adequate strength for his size and very active in run support. Will hold his ground at the point of attack. Very aggressive with the ball in the air and attacks it. Smart and sound with his cover assignments, always playing alert.
Routinely made “wow” plays on special teams coverage, including a blocked field goal in 2012. Heady player with high football character. Productive as a three-year starter, combining for 43 passes defended and nine interceptions in college.
WEAKNESSES: Lack of elite height and length shows against most receivers. Lanky build and doesn’t have the frame to pack on too much more muscle. Lacks ideal hand strength to consistently finish or easily shed blocks.
Room to improve his tackling technique, especially in space, hitting too high and losing immediate leverage. Will pop up out of his backpedal too soon and needs to play with more consistent pad level in his transition technique.
Needs to eliminate the mental mistakes with too many offsides and holding penalties on his resume. Blanket coverage, but needs to do a better job finding the ball with his back to the line of s
crimmage. Some durability concerns after several nagging injuries plagued him in 2013, most notably a shoulder injury.
He is going to be a solid player on the defense and will get his shot to start for the defense out of training camp. Verrett was the best corner available in the draft when the Chargers made their selection. It will be fun to see him on the field.