San Diego Chargers: Best and Worst Case Scenario for 2014 Rookies
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
Jason Verrett (CB, 5-9, 189)
Best Case Scenario: San Diego wasted no time addressing their hole at CB, taking Jason Verrett out of TCU with the 23rd overall pick.
A small corner, Verrett makes up for it with his incredibly good footwork, and feisty style of play. Without a true No. 1 corner on the roster, Verrett has the potential to come in and be the No. 1 CB going into the season.
Many scouts believe he will not be able to cover No. 1 receivers because of his small size, but his physicality could prove people wrong. Verrett could be a very similar player to Antoine Winfield, who used his physical style of play to make for his smaller stature.
If nothing else Verrett could pan out as a lockdown nickel corner shutting down the likes of Wes Welker, and other players like that. The bar has been set pretty low for CB’s in San Diego, Verrett has the talent to come in here and change that.
Worst Scenario: If you listen closely, you can almost hear the broken record that says Jason Verrett is too small to be a No. 1 corner in the NFL.
It’s true though, when you’re lining up across receiver who are on average 6-3, it’s not tough to tell there is a mismatch. Yes, Verrett no doubt has the footwork and physical presence of a No. 1 corner, but his size will be a huge obstacle to overcome.
Along with the size problems Verrett is also rehabbing surgery on a torn labrum, which he played through most of last season. So you could be looking at an undersized corner, who may be slowed down by injuries.
The sky is the limit for Verrett, but he could just be a piece to the puzzle, rather than the lockdown corner the Bolts are searching for.