- Eric D. Williams, ESPN Staff Writer
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I had a chance to talk with ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay recently about cornerbacks that could be available for the San Diego Chargers at the end of the first round when the team selects at No. 25.
Specifically, I asked McShay what player he believed would be the best fit for the Chargers to come in and play right away on the perimeter at cornerback if TCU’s Jason Verrett, Ohio State’s Bradley Roby and Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller were all on the board when San Diego was prepared to draft.
McShay said that Fuller would be his choice.
“I think Kyle Fuller is probably the best route because he’s a complete player,” McShay said. “He’s versatile in that he can play man and he can play zone. He can get physical with receivers.
“He’s got a tiny bit of tightness, but what he has there he makes up for in his route recognition, with his instincts and his physicality.”
Here’s what McShay had to say about Verrett:
“He’s one of my favorite players in the draft. But he’s 5-9½ and 189 pounds. He’s got the 4.38 speed (in the 40-yard dash) and he’s as tough as nails. He’ll knock you out like he knocked out (Texas Tech tight end) Jace Amaro, and he can mirror against the most explosive receivers like he did against LSU’s Odell Beckham. But he’s still 5-9½ and 189 pounds. And he’s got 30 5/8-inch arms.
“So, to me, he’s probably at least early in his career a slot cover corner that can maybe earn his way to the perimeter.”
Here’s what McShay had to say about Roby, who was charged this week in Columbus, Ohio, for operating a vehicle while impaired. According to the report, the incident happened April 20.
“I actually think he might be the most athletic corner in this draft. I just would be real nervous to pull the trigger on him because I just don’t know what I’m getting. I think he’s a young man that has some growing to do. I think he’s got to become more focused, and there’s just a lot of inconsistent tape on him.
“Now, he wasn’t all that well coached. And I think with the right coaching and teaching him how to use his eyes properly, I think he can improve. But then he’s got to make the decision that he’s going to work hard to become disciplined enough with his eyes, and to trust his eyes. So he’s a wild card. He could be the best defensive back five years from now, or he could wind up becoming another first round cornerback that doesn’t pan out in this league because he didn’t do what he had to do mentally from a preparation standpoint. He’s a classic boom or bust.”
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