Jason Verrett: By the Numbers

By Nick Lee

Nov 2, 2013; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs cornerback Jason Verrett (2) during the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Amon G. Carter Stadium. West Virginia won 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Chargers selected cornerback Jason Verrett out of TCU with the 25th overall pick. He is a tick shorter than 5’10” and 176 pounds, but he packs a punch. I am your numbers guy. I am here to dissect Verrett’s numbers. Even though it’s sometimes hard to determine the value of a corner with numbers, Verrett has his share of good numbers…

The 2013 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year finished his career with 160 total tackles, 1 sack, 9 INT’s and a fumble forced. He was 5th in the NCAA in 2012 with 6 interceptions. He also led the NCAA that same year in passes defended with 22. He is a sticky defender. He does well “on an island.” Verrett is battle tested. His best games were against LSU (7 tackles, 1 sack and 3 passes defended), Oklahoma (6 tackles), Texas (5 tackles, 1 INT), and in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against Michigan State he had 12 tackles, 1 for loss and 2 passes defended. He picked off Texas twice in his career, he tended to rise to the occasion against tough opponents. He played 2 of his 3 seasons in a “Big Boy Conference” in the Big 12. He defended well against the onslaught of Baylor, the air raid of Texas Tech, and the juggernaut of Oklahoma State. He instantly boosts the Chargers’ secondary. Verrett boasts a 39-inch vertical leap with a 4.36 40 time. Verrett has been a two-time All-Big 12 selection and a Sports Illustrated All-American. The Chargers got what they came for in the 1st round. Now, with a bolstered secondary, it is on to the 2nd round and beyond. The Chargers still have some needs to address before they can think about hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. But Jason Verrett is an excellent start.