Day 1 of the draft is complete and the Chargers got a player at a position of need. Jason Verrett has arrived in San Diego and will need to produce day one for the thin Chargers secondary. Verrett was one of the highest rated corners in this year’s draft and being picked at 25 is not a stretch. It was a little painful to see Darqueze Dennard go the pick before the Chargers, as he was the guy I originally wanted to see in San Diego. What the Chargers got in Verrett is a strong cover corner who is active against the ball. Verrett had a strong combine running a 4.39 second 40-yard dash and has a 39 inch vertical, and he will need all 39 of those inches only standing at 5’9”. Verrett goes completely against the grain of the new prototype for NFL corners who are taller larger and more physical corners. While the TCU product may not have the size, he certainly is physical enough to compete at this level. For Verrett to be successful as a top corner, he will need to be exceptional at reading plays and jumping routes. When it comes to winning tough battles for the ball against larger receivers, I see him struggling. I do feel that Verrett would excel against slot recivers with his superior quickness and he would match up size wise. In an ideal scenario, Verrett would be able to play nickel as this would be the realistic fit for him and the position where he would be able to thrive. However, with Marcus Gilchrist, Verrett will play outside and will hopefully have a career like Antoine Winfield (a smaller corner who was awesome on the outside). Tom Telesco has already stated that he feels that Verrett has the ability to play outside and is far more than a nickel corner. Only time will tell what Verrett becomes. Let’s hope the Chargers got the best of the nine defensive backs taken in the first round.
I see this pick as a B, it is a slightly above average pick and at 25, it works. If the Chargers would have moved up one or two spots to get Dennard, maybe the grade would be different based on what they had give up. Verrett is a good football player and this draft still has potential to be as solid as 2013’s. Great drafts are defined in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. I would love to see the Chargers find a way to get Kyle Van Noy. Another player that I really like is Bruce Ellington, a wide receiver out of the University of South Carolina. Xavier Sua’Filo, a guard from UCLA, is still on the board. In order to get Van Noy or Sua’Filo, I feel the Bolts will need to make a move like they did last year with Te’o. Louis Nix III, Ra’shede Hageman, and Scott Crichton are also still available and would be fits for the Chargers. The Chargers have a plethora of options for day two and things will only heat up. I am sure that today will bring us some more ups and downs, but we are definitely off to a good start in San Diego. Have a wonderful Friday San Diego, I hope that you all will find your favorite bar or restaurant type place to watch the most exciting day of the NFL Draft.