The San Diego Chargers have now officially signed their six 2014 NFL Draft picks and all 17 undrafted free agents. First-round pick Jason Verrett was the last to sign and agreed to a four-year contract with the Bolts yesterday.
The Chargers drafted Verrett with the 25th overall pick in the first-round after he finished up a great career at TCU. The cornerback has had his doubters due to his 5-foot-9, 189-pound frame, but the Chargers were enamored with his speed, athleticism and tenacity on the field and were in desperate need of an upgrade at the cornerback position.
Verrett recorded 160 tackles, 41 pass deflections and nine interceptions during his career as a Horned Frog. In 2013 season, Verrett recorded 39 tackles, 3.5 for loss, 14 pass deflections, two interceptions, one sack and one forced fumble. His stellar play was rewarded with a second-team All-American selection, first-team All-Big 12 selection, co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year award and he was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the country’s top defensive back. Verrett accomplished all of this after playing the majority of the 2013 season with a torn labrum he suffered at the beginning of the year.
Verrett is still recovering from his early March shoulder surgery, but he should be ready for the Chargers’ training camp and San Diego will need his services. They can’t afford Verrett to miss an extended amount of time because of how poorly their secondary played last year and especially with such a tough schedule to start the season.
San Diego starts the 2014 season at the Arizona Cardinals and against the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks for their home opener. These are two top-six defenses from a year ago, so the Chargers will have their work cut out for them to begin the season.