TCU CB Jason Verrett Could Be Key Piece in San Diego Chargers' Defense

By Erwin Mendoza
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers still have a lot of needs left on the table after signing free agents. During the peak of free agency, only one cornerback was signed in the form of former Cincinnati Bengals CB Brandon Ghee. But Ghee merely projects as additional depth, and the Chargers still lack a key cornerback.

At pick No. 25, CB Jason Verrett (TCU) is one of the top cornerbacks in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft and should be available.

Verrett proved that he could play the corner position superbly for his size (5-foot-9, 189-pounds). Teams were trying to exploit his size, and in 2012 he recorded a career-high 22 passes defended. Over his time at TCU, his speed and aggressiveness has covered the knocks on his physique.

Verrett’s speed and ability to hinder the YAC and run game diminishes comments on his size. With the horrible options in the Chargers’ defensive backfield, ability to play the position outweighs physique. The Chargers haven’t figured out how to stop big plays, but some of that can be attributed to Derek Cox. Verrett could easily play for a team desperate for help in the secondary.

The Chargers are highly unlikely to draft Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State). Gilbert’s stock is too high and won’t drop down to 25. Verrett’s more likely to be there because his size scares the NFL. The size scare has projected Verrett dropping to possibly the second round.

Since Cox’s departure, the projected starters at cornerback seem to be Shareece Wright and Richard Marshall. Verrett could be that No. 2 corner and not have the pressure of saving the whole defense.

Erwin Mendoza is a San Diego Chargers writer for Follow him on Twitter @erwinsports, or add him to your network on Google.

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