Cornerback is a huge area of need for the Chargers and Verrett fills that need to a certain degree. San Diego doesn’t have much play-making ability in their secondary, so Verrett should provide immediate impact.
Verrett finished his three-year career at TCU with 117 tackles, 10 for loss, one sacks, one forced fumble, nine interceptions and 41 pass deflections.
The Chargers defense ranked in the bottom five of the NFL in passing yards per game (259), yards per attempt (8) and opponent passer rating (96.4). Verrett should help decrease these numbers next season.
There’s no question that he possess elite speed (4.38 40-yard dash) and athleticism (39″ vertical), but is a small (5’9 1/4″, 189 lbs) for the position. Verrett is a physical corner who’s greatest strengths are attacking the ball with his exceptional athleticism and body control and making up ground on receivers with his speed.
If Verrett was taller he probably would’ve been the first cornerback taken in the draft. What I don’t like about this pick is that the Chargers already have a smaller cornerback in Stevie Williams who they picked in last year’s draft. I understand that Verrett will match-up well with Wes Welker, but the AFC West also has big receivers in Demaryius Thomas, Dwayne Bowe, Julius Thomas and Rod Streater who are all 6’2″ or taller.
It will be interesting to see how John Pagano uses both Verrett and Williams in his 3-4 defense, because I can’t see them both being on the field at the same time.
Verrett recognizes play development extremely well and is an exceptional tackler for a cornerback. His speed and quickness give him the ability to be an effective blitzer off the edge.
I feel that if the Chargers were going to go with a cornerback in the first round, Bradley Roby would’ve been a better fit. He’s bigger than Verrett and provides similar speed, athleticism and physicality. He could’ve been that staple cornerback on the outside to match-up with the West’s bigger receivers. I truly believe Verrett is a very good prospect, I just think Roby fit their defense better.
With that being said I see Verrett contributing right away because it’s such a huge need for the Chargers’ defense, but I see him playing the majority of the time in the slot due to his lack of size.