San Diego, CA- The San Diego Chargers have selected TCU Cornerback Jason Verrett with the 25th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
This is a solid pick for the Chargers. Verrett was expected to be selected towards the end of the 1st round to the early second round. Jason Verrett if it wasn’t for his size he would be the top cornerback in this years draft. Verrett is viewed as one of the most polished cornerback prospect in this years class and will be able to start right away.
The Chargers needed to desperately improve the cornerback position in this years draft and have done that with the addition of Jason Verrett to play alongside with Shareece Wright.
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 ball skills 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 scrimmage. Some durability concerns after several nagging injuries plagued him in 2013, most notably a shoulder injury.
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