High-energy defensive end may be desert-bound

The Cardinals desperately need to bolster their depth on the defensive line. Last season, only three defensive linemen finished with more than 21 tackles. Arizona coaches tracked the play of a tackling machine during Senior Bowl week, one who could push the Cards run defense into the top-five.

One of the early surprises in this year's draft class has been DT Trevor Laws, who projects as a defensive end in Arizona's 3-4 scheme. He was a three-year starter at Notre Dame, where he was voted the team's MVP following his senior season.

Laws (6'1", 302 pounds) completed an outstanding career in South Bend with 224 total tackles, 22.5 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks. In 2007, Laws led the team with 112 tackles, the second-most ever by a Notre Dame defensive lineman.

Laws is known as a sound open-field tackler who has the ability to read plays as they develop. He has good agility and runs excellent line stunts. His high energy and versatility are well suited for the Cardinals' defensive scheme.

Although Laws has exceeded expectations thus far, there are still concerns regarding his durability and size. He missed the entire 2003 season due to hamstring injuries and is significantly shorter than most defensive linemen.

Laws is addressing these issues while preparing for the Indy Combine and the upcoming draft.

"I'm working on getting bigger, faster and stronger. I'm getting ready to run all the drills," he said.

During the 2008 Senior Bowl, Laws relished the opportunity to compete against the best players in the nation but knew it would be a major challenge.

Laws stood out all week during practice, impressing scouts with his non-stop motor and tenacity. He didn't disappoint during the Senior Bowl game, finishing with six tackles and a sack.

Laws benefited from working with professional coaches for the first time. He enjoyed his time with the Oakland Raiders coaching staff and took away many new techniques that focused on blitzing and rushing the passer.

"We worked on the pass rush. The NFL is a pass-rushing league and you must have those moves," he said.

Laws is a classic overachiever who has steadily improved throughout his career. His blue-collar attitude would be a nice addition to Clancy Pendergast's high-energy defense.

If Laws is still available when the Cardinals go on the clock in round four, expect GM Rod Graves to pull the trigger quickly.

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