The San Diego Chargers selected cornerback Jason Verrett with the No. 25 pick. After Kyle Fuller and Darqueze Dennard went off the board, it came down to Bradley Roby and Verrett as the top cornerbacks. Verrett hailed from Texas Christian University and is listed at 5-foot-9 and 189 pounds.
He was the fourth-ranked cornerback in the NFL draft prospects and projected to go in the first or second round. He was a top performer at the Combine: 40-yard dash (4.36 seconds), cone drill (6.69), 20-yard shuttle (4.00), vertical jump (39.0 inches), and a broad jump (10 feet, 8 inches).
Verrett has some size concerns, but he is considered to be quick, explosive, and instinctive with good vision reading routes. He covers well both in man-to-man and zone coverage, is a solid tackler, and has great hand-eye coordination that helps him to break on the ball.
“We’re really, really pleased to get Jason. We talked about going into the offseason wanting to get faster, more playmakers, and really wanting to help the defense a little bit and Jason embodies all of that. He’s a cover corner, explosive, quick and can run. He’s very instinctive and he’s very tough. He’s tough and he plays big. He plays in a good conference against a lot of really good receivers. We couldn’t be happier to have him with the Chargers.” (General Manager Tom Telesco)
Another concern with Verrett is durability. In 2010, he missed three games with a hamstring injury, had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee before 2012 season, and suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee which required him to have surgery in January 2013. Then he played most of his senior season at TCU with a torn labrum and got his shoulder surgically repaired in March of this year. Verrett has been rehabbing his shoulder for a couple of months and he won’t be able to return to the field until training camp.
According to Michael Gehlken from U-T San Diego:
“Verrett, 22, will not be a full participant this month during organized team activities. The shoulder is recovering at a good pace. He’s scheduled to be on the field when the Chargers have their first training camp practice on July 25.”
Here are some other fun facts on the Chargers first round pick:
1. He’s a California kid. Grew up in Fairfield and attended Rodriguez High School where he played running back and defensive back.
2. After graduating high school with no college scholarship offers, he went to Santa Rosa Junior College and played defensive back. He was named to the California Community College Athletic Association All-State Team and was ranked sixth-best junior college defensive back before transferring to TCU.
3. He’s a two-time All-American and was named Big 12 Conference’s co-Defensive Player of the Year his senior season.
4. Before draft day: “If it was something I could control, I’d love to be a Charger.” (U-T San Diego)
On being selected, “When I got that phone call my heart dropped. Just for the fact that I always wanted to be a San Diego Charger.” (Twitter)
5. The last player from TCU the Chargers picked was running back LaDainian Tomlinson in 2001.
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