Unveiling Polian's grade on Alterraun Verner

March, 6, 2014
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Bill Polian had great success as general manager of the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts.

Now as an ESPN analyst, working with a scouting team of Gary Horton, Matt Williamson and Field Yates, Polian has rated players about to be free agents just like he would have as a team executive.

They have produced this board Insider.

The Tennessee Titans' top free agent, cornerback Alterraun Verner, gets a B-minus grade.

Verner
The group rates him as elite in production and neutral in speed, injury and character. I think Verner should rate as elite in character.

The full write-up:
Verner may not have top-end size or speed, but he is an excellent starting-level cornerback who plays with terrific toughness and a willingness to be physical. He has the strength and balance to be physical at or near the line of scrimmage without losing his feet with very good ball skills and on-ball production and an understanding of opposing route concepts. He lacks the elite short-area quickness and burst to match up against slot receivers but can ably handle perimeter cornerback duties. He is good at the point of catch, playing his technique through the catch and disrupting receivers. At age 25 and playing a premium position, he could cash in on the open market above this grade level.

A "B" grade translates in Polian’s eyes to $2 to $6 million in annual average value with two years or fewer of guaranteed money.

Only Tarell Brown of the 49ers, Terry Porter of the Raiders and Aqib Talib of the Patriots have higher grades among cornerbacks.

They are all "Bs".

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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