Notebook: Pro Day

Trevor Laws used Notre Dame's pro day on Wednesday, as another chance to impress.

After performing very well at the Senior Bowl back in January, and the NFL Combine last month, the former Irish defensive end did just position drills inside the Loftus Center, in front of 31 pro scouts from 23 franchises.

"I thought I was pretty good at the combine," Laws said after his workout. "I just wanted to emphasize the agility work a little bit.

"It went good. They got the most of me. They were working me hard. I was happy with it."

The versatile 6-foot-1, 305-pound Laws, who will likely play defensive tackle in the league, had a team-high 112 tackles this past fall, which also led the nation among defensive linemen. His stock has continued to sore over the past couple months, and mock drafts have him generally being selected in the second or third rounds.

"But a guy like Laws, where the arrow is pointing up, his stock goes up every single day and he doesn't have to do anything," Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis said. "Because everyone else has holes in them and he doesn't have any holes in him other than he's not 6-4. If he was 6-4, he might be the first player taken in the draft based on how he played."

Laws has a couple more individual workouts next week, and he has a few meetings with teams, owners and head coaches on the horizon.

"Aside from that, just waiting for draft day," he said.

***Like Laws, former Irish center John Sullivan only did position drills.

"It's just a chance to come out and put your skills on display for the scouts again," he said.

"I was happy with the results from Indianapolis (where the NFL combine was held) and I think it's gone well so far."

***Former safety Tom Zbikowski had more to accomplish than Laws and Sullivan. He did the 3-cone drill in 6.83 seconds, and also did the vertical and broad jump. He didn't do the latter two at the NFL combine because he wasn't feeling well.

"Zibby killed it on all the things he had to do, the shuttles and all that," Weis said. "He didn't run the 40 because his electronic time from the combine was a 4.44. So he chose not to run a 40, which was the right thing to do. He killed. He got everyone's attention."

"I've heard pretty much every round imaginable," Zbikowski stated, adding earlier that he felt good today. "I've heard ninth round, and there isn't a ninth round. So you hear about everything. April 26th and 27th will come and you find out where you're going. But it's frustrating not knowing."

***About half of the returning Irish players came by and watched the pro day, including Jimmy Clausen, Armando Allen, Sam Young, Maurice Crum Jr. and Evan Sharpley.

"They know they want that to be them when they're leaving here," Weis said. "I don't make them come here. They're coming here to A, support their teammates, but B to watch the deal and know what the pro day is all about. Because when their time comes they want to make sure they're ready for it."

***Running back Travis Thomas, linebacker Joe Brockington, defensive end Dwight Stephenson Jr., long snapper J.J. Jansen and of course tight end John Carlson also all worked out for the scouts on Wednesday.

Associated Press writer Tom Coyne represented the media at ND's pro day. Top Stories