SD Bolt Report's Senior Bowl Blog, Part III

The Senior Bowl rolls on in Mobile, Ala., as Thursday brings the final practices before Saturday's game. Find out what Chargers scouts are up to in our latest blog. Also, hear one scout break down a couple of defensive linemen who may interest San Diego in the first round and view our latest player Q&A.

To read all of Scout.com's coverage of the Senior Bowl, click here.

Also check out SDBoltReport.com's blogs for Monday and Tuesday.

Chargers Chat with Local Prospect (Jan. 27, 10:45 a.m.)


WR Vincent Brown
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The Chargers met with SDSU WR Vincent Brown. One of the week's most productive players, Brown has shown incredible hands and athleticism while catching everything thrown his way.

"I have big-play ability and a good understanding of offensive and defensive schemes," Brown said. "Every time I step on the field I have to make plays. I'm not the biggest or strongest or fastest guy, so I do whatever it takes to do my job."

Brown finished his four-year Aztecs career with 209 catches, 3,110 yards and 23 touchdowns.

He can also contribute as a kick returner, something he did until his junior season. That skill could come in handy in San Diego, where incumbent return man Darren Sproles is a free agent who is unlikely to return.

Q&A with DT Chris Neild (Jan. 27, 6:49 a.m.)


DT Nick Chris Neild
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West Virginia's Chris Neild (6-foot-2, 313 pounds) is the classic zero-technique lineman. He can anchor the middle of the defense and absorb blockers at the point of attack. A three-year starter at nose tackle, he has proven capable of clogging run lanes and shutting down the middle of the field.

He talks with us about his Senior Bowl experience.

Michael Lombardo: You are done with full-pads practices in front of NFL scouts. What did you get accomplished?

Chris Neild: We got a lot done. A lot of us defensive linemen did not know each other, but we really came together. As far as my goals that I set before I came [to the Senior Bowl], I am really working on the things I know I need to improve on.

ML: What are some of those things you are working on and how have the Cincinnati Bengals coaches been helping you with those things?

CN; The coaches are helping a whole lot. I knew I had to work on my pass rushing, which is something I did not excel at much at West Virginia. I am more of a run stopper. But I am taking the things they are teaching me and trying to succeed.

ML: Is it a challenge to learn on the fly when competing against all-star competition?

CN: This is a great showcase. In the one-on-ones and run-fit drills, you get to show that you can hold your ground, escape that rush and get to the passer. It is something we are trying to work on and so far it has been working out.

ML: What are you doing with your time between the Senior Bowl and the NFL Draft?

CN: I've been training for the last three weeks. After the Senior Bowl I'll be going to Phoenix and training at Fisher Sports. It has been going really well and hopefully that will continue until the NFL Combine. We are working on the different techniques I will need for all the Combine drills, so hopefully it will work out in the end. The Combine and the Senior Bowl are two great places to show your talents and the Combine has specific drills that let you really show what you are made of.

ML: Give us the same sales pitch you are giving to NFL teams. Why draft you?

CN: I am just trying to showcase my talents and toughness. Hopefully, that will be enough to get me a roster spot.

Sobo Says (Jan. 26, 6:59 p.m.)


DE Cameron Jordan
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I spoke today with Brent Sobleski, a scout who has spent time as an assistant coach at the University of Akron and Walsh University. Currently the head scout for TFY's DraftInsider.net, I wanted his opinion on a couple of defensive linemen who could interest the Chargers in the first round, including one who has stolen the show here in Mobile, Ala.

Here is his take on Senior Bowl star Cameron Jordan: "Jordan played a 3-4 in college. Only a handful of college teams play a two-gap 3-4 and California is one of them. We saw the value of those type of players last year when Tyson Alualu went No. 10 overall. Jordan is very different from Alualu. Alualu is strong at the point of attack, a two-gap guy who can move down the line. Jordan is more athletic and more explosive. We've seen that this week with him firing straight ahead off the ball. He can play the one-gap or the two-gap as a 3-4 end."

Sobo also discussed the star of the East-West Shrine Game, Marvin Austin.

"At No. 18 overall I highly doubt he is worth it. That is not based on talent. He has first-round potential, although his best year at college was probably his freshman year. He was not as dominant in his sophomore and junior campaigns and he missed last season with the suspension. There are questions about off-the-field issues, attitude and work ethic."

Panther Pride (Jan. 26, 11:30 a.m.)


OT Jason Pinkston
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Pittsburgh OT Jason Pinkston (6-foot-4, 305 pounds) confirmed he has met with the Chargers already this week. Pinkston already has a relationship with coach Norv Turner, as Turner's son is the receivers coach at Pittsburgh.

"I'm athletic and versatile," Pinkston said. "I can play on the right side or the left side. I'm trying to turn heads."

A projected middle-round pick, he had a dominant practice on Wednesday, showing quick feet and a strong punch.

He could fill a need in San Diego depending on what happens with free-agent-to-be Jeromey Clary.



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Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.


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