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Chargers look to strengthen secondary, select TCU's Verrett

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There has been no secret around the NFL in recent years that if you wanted to beat the San Diego Chargers, well, simply attack their secondary.

In an effort to improve their odds against some of the better quarterbacks in the league (hint, Peyton Manning for starters), the Chargers used their first pick (25th overall) in Thursday opening of the NFL Draft to select Jason Verrett out of TCU.

A California native, Verrett was one of the smaller secondary options out there (5' 9", barely 190 pounds), but the Chargers liked enough of what they saw in him to move on the former Horned Frog.

After transferring to TCU (played in Fort Worth three years) from Santa Rosa Junior College, Verrett tallied160 tackles and nine interceptions during his three seasons with the Horned Frogs. During last season, Verrett recorded 39 tackles, 14 passes defensed, 3.5 tackles for loss, a pair of interceptions, and one sack.

Verrett First-Team All-Big 12 Selection

A first-team All-Big 12 selection in both 2012 and 2013, Verrett ended the night as the fourth cornerback taken in the NFL Draft, joining Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert (Cleveland Browns), Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller (Chicago Bears) and Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard (Cincinnati Bengals).

During the 2013 season, the Chargers again struggled fending off attacks to their secondary. Other than the usually reliable Eric Weddle at free safety, the secondary has been shaky more times than not.

Look for Verrett to push Shareece Wright and Marcus Gilchrist in camp, while being a nice addition to go along with 2013 draft pick Steve Williams.

The NFL Draft continues Friday with rounds 2 and 3.

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