Chargers Go Defense in NFL Draft

Auburn defensive back Chris Davis came to terms with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent. Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline.com
Auburn defensive back Chris Davis came to terms with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent. Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline.com

The San Diego Chargers decidedly got a bit defensive during the 2014 NFL Draft. Though the Chargers were anchored by rookie linebacker Manti Te’o and All-Pro safety Eric Weddle last season, the Chargers went deep on the defensive of the ball during the draft process, including agreeing to terms with 17 undrafted free agent rookies, most of whom play defense.

Cornerback Chris Davis of Aurburn, the noted speed man who busted Alabama’s NCAA Division 1 title hopes with his now-famous runback for a touchdown off a missed field goal, is one of those rookies that the Chargers came to terms with and will be bringing into training camp.

Of their six picks in the draft, the Chargers picked three defensive players, including selecting TCU cornerback Jason Verrett in the first round with the 25th overall pick. Besides the tough-minded Weddle, getting solid secondary play has been an issue for the Chargers, so it is no coincidence that San Diego went after a handful of secondary specialists during the draft.

Verrett, of course, was the player the Chargers feel could have an immediate impact with the team. The 5-foot-9, 178-pound Verrett was a three-year starter at TCU. Verrett was chosen as the Big 12 Conference c0-Defensive Player of the Year during his senior season and earned second team All-American honors.

“We’re really pleased to add Jason to the Chargers,” said Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco. “When we went into this process, getting ready for the draft, the things we wanted to add to this team was speed and playmakers and really wanted to help the defense if we could, and we think Jason is going to fit that to a T. Jason is an excellent cover corner. Explosively quick and fast and tough. Those are the qualities we look for, and maybe the most important thing is that he’s very, very instinctive on the football field. To me, if you can find corners with that combination of speed, toughness and instincts, those are the guys we want playing for us.”

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