Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett knows a thing or two about quality defensive-back play.
Some may say that his knowledge of solid secondary play is only trumped by that of his familiarity of being injured and knowing his way around the trainer’s room.
Though No. 22 has missed more than his fair share of games, there is no doubt that he is a stud when healthy and on the field, flashing glimpses of greatness often.
After going wide receiver in the first round (Mike Williams), then offensive line in the second and third rounds (Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney, respectively), the Bolts switched their focus from the offensive side of the ball to the defensive unit of the club.
General manager Tom Telesco addressed the defensive backfield in the fourth and fifth rounds, selecting Rayshawn Jenkins of the University of Miami and Desmond King of the University of Iowa, respectively.
“It was great for us to get them,” Verrett told Hayley Elwood of the team’s official website. “When we drafted Rayshawn Jenkins from Miami, I texted Denzel (Perryman) quick and asked what he thought about him. Denzel said he was a dog, so it was nice to get that addition there and add more depth. With Desmond King from Iowa, I actually knew of him because he won the Jim Thorpe Award in 2015. I thought that was a great pick as a guy who can come in and help us out in that nickel position.”
The fourth-year defensive back seemed to be looking forward to talking with both of his rookie peers, adding “I want to be able to pick their brains to see their strengths and weaknesses, and what they can do out on the field to help us. If we can get some ball hawks in the slot and nickel positions along with Casey (Hayward) and me on the outside, we could be dominant.”
The initial feeling around the NFL is that King has the potential to be the steal of the ’17 Draft, while Jenkins looks to have been chosen to play as an in-the-box safety for Gus Bradley’s defense, fitting into that Kam Chancellor-like role. Both players have impressive traits in defending both the passing and running games, but they are sure to be tested once stepping foot onto an NFL (Soccer) field.
I must say, the Chargers’ secondary is shaping up to be something special heading into this year, but it all boils down to staying healthy.
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