Morning links: Reaction to Verrett pick

May, 9, 2014
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Good morning. In this ESPN Insider piece Insider, Scouts Inc. breaks down every player selected in the first round in terms of fit. Here is what they say about Jason Verrett going to the San Diego Chargers:
The secondary was the Chargers' Achilles' heel in 2013. As a result, the Chargers were forced to play simpler coverages with fewer blitzes and were hesitant to put their corners on an island. Verrett is a solid turn-and-run cover guy who should help San Diego reduce the big plays it allowed last season. This was the perfect marriage of a value pick filling a need, and Verrett will give this pass defense much-needed versatility.
In this ESPN Insider piece Insider, draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down the top 25 players still on the board heading into Friday’s second round. Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr tops the list.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com talks with cornerback Shareece Wright, who is pleased to have Verrett as a new teammate.

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated gives the Chargers an A-minus grade for the selection of Verrett.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports gives San Diego a B-plus for the Verrett selection.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego says Verrett can play, but wonders if he can hold up to the pounding of the NFL.

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego believes the Chargers could be OK with Verrett, particularly with the team playing with five defensive backs 60 percent of the time.

Watch the Verrett selection in this video.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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