In a wild first round of this year’s NFL draft that seemed to have as many trades as actual picks, the San Diego Chargers were one of the few teams to wait patiently for their number to be called before picking a player.
That player turned out to be, as many people suspected, the best cornerback left after three others were taken in the previous 24 picks.
The newest Charger is the 5-foot-9 Jason Verrett, a tough (but undersized) speedster who’s had a fantastic college football career. Should you be excited? Well, yes and no.
First, the bad news. Cornerbacks this short typically don’t have long careers as starters, and will usually end up playing nickel cornerback. However, teams don’t spend first-round draft picks on getting a good nickel cornerback, and that certainly isn’t the goal of Chargers’ general manager Tom Telesco with this pick.