One of the mid-round gems from the 2010 NFL Draft came at pick No. 104. Just seven picks after the Tennessee Titans drafted Rennie Curran, they were more fortunate when they drafted Alterraun Verner, CB, UCLA. Verner joined a cornerback group that already included Cortland Finnegan and a young-and-upcoming Jason McCourty. At this time, the Titans were still hoping that Ryan Mouton would progress into a starting cornerback.
Verner isn’t the biggest, fastest or most athletic cornerback—not even close. He makes up for that with his incredible instincts and work ethic. Verner has been solid in whatever role he has been asked to do. For the 2013-14 NFL season, expect Verner to return to what he does best: play nickelback.
Will Verner receive an “A” grade on this 2010 NFL Draft report card?
2010 NFL Draft Report Card Evaluation
Alterraun Verner, CB, UCLA
Round 4, Pick 104
Still With Team: YES
Career Games: 48
Pass Deflections: 28
Fumble Recoveries: 3
Forced Fumbles: 2
Joshua Huffman (Editor): 92.5 (A)
Alterraun Verner has played in all 48 games. He’s a very good player who has the ability to play nickelback or outside cornerback. Reliable tackler. He’s an intelligent individual who is a fan favorite with tremendous character. Verner is one of the few positives on a defense that surrendered a franchise-record 471 points during the 2012-13 NFL season. Expect Verner to get re-signed or franchise-tagged before the start of the 2014 league calendar year.
Josh Gunnels (Assistant Editor, Lead Columnist): 90 (A)
The Titans obviously nailed this one, especially considering that it came on the 4th round. After less than stellar performances by previous year rookies’ Jason McCourty and Ryan Mouton, the Titans couldn’t pass up on Verner. Although he excels in the slot, he’s played very well on the outside and is a sure tackler. Home run with this pick.
David Fleming (Contributor): 91 (A)
Verner has appeared in all 48 games since being drafted in the 4th round from UCLA. He has shown a knack for making plays, racking up 6 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries, as well as 231 combined tackles. Verner is a solid starting CB in the NFL, and the Titans should make it a priority to re-sign him to a long-term deal after the 2013 season.
Titan Sized Staff (3 Participants): 91.17 (A)
92.5 + 91 + 90 = (273.5 / 3) = 91.17
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