Scouting Report: CB Jason Verrett

Tom Telesco wasted no time filling his team's most glaring need, using his first-round pick to select TCU corner Jason Verrett. The playmaking cover man adds speed and takeaway ability to a unit in dire need of both. To learn more, we get a scouting report from Jeremy Clark, managing editor of

The selection of Jason Verrett makes sense. San Diego has a critical need at cornerback, having parted ways with Derek Cox and Johnny Patrick in the offseason. The entire secondary is in transition, as the Chargers return the league's No. 29 ranked pass defense.

Is Verrett the man to stop the bleeding? To find out, we check in with Jeremy Clark, the managing editor of, to get an inside scouting report on Verrett.

"I've covered TCU for almost ten years and Jason is the best cornerback I've seen come through TCU since Gary Patterson became head coach in 2000.

"While he doesn't have the ideal size NFL teams look for in a corner at only 5-foot-9, his speed, jumping and ability to change direction is phenomenal. Although he ran a 4.0 pro shuttle at the Combine, he's ran a 3.8 shuttle before at TCU; that's an indicator of how fast he really is. He's incredibly quick; if a receiver is able to beat him on an initial break, Jason has legitimate 4.3 speed to make a play. With nearly a 40-inch vertical, he has the ability to jump with bigger receivers.

"TCU used him as a 'field' corner in their defense. So, basically he was put on an island on every play with the wide side of the field. He excelled in two seasons in the Big 12, shutting down guys such as Texas Tech's Eric Ward, Baylor's Antwan Goodley and OU's Jalen Saunders. Those three combined for three catches on him for less than 30 yards. He completely shut down Kenny Stills and Steadman Bailey in 2012. To simply put it, there's probably not a better conference to strive in than the Big 12 with so many teams throwing the ball and he excelled at defending the pass.

"There's so many great plays that he made in his career at TCU, but probably the biggest one was when he was actually playing on special teams on the road at West Virginia in 2012 when he blocked a Mountaineer field goal attempt in OT. Had he not blocked it, West Virginia would've won. However, TCU went on to win the game which helped them reach bowl eligibility for the eighth straight year.

"Off the field, you couldn't pick a better ambassador to represent your football team. He is a team-first guy and is a very dedicated individual. He earned his degree in just over three years at TCU and was a media favorite. He's a personal favorite of mine because I've been talking with him since he was at Santa Rose J.C. He's a humble athlete, but also is a very hard worker. Fans in San Diego will love him."

Check out this clip Clark took of Verrett at TCU's Pro Day:

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Michael Lombardo is a long-time contributor to the network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 16 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.

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