SDBR's Senior Bowl Blog: Day One publisher Michael Lombardo is in Mobile, Ala., all week to cover the Senior Bowl. We are talking with the prospects who make the most sense for San Diego, as well as some of the Chargers coaches and scouts in attendance. We will also post first-hand analysis of the top prospects' performances after each practice.

Tuesday, 11:55pm (CT)

I caught up with Utah pass rusher Nate Orchard, who would project as a pass-rushing linebacker in San Diego's 3-4 defense. It's an area the Chargers will look to bolster during the draft, with more depth needed behind Melvin Ingram and Jerry Attaochu.

Orchard was able to showcase his versatility during today's practice, playing at linebacker and defensive end.

"It's great," he said. "It's going to help me throughout the draft process, having all these scouts get a feel for what I can do and understand me up close. I'm excited about that."

Orchard lacks an explosive first step, but he has everything else it takes to excel as a pass rusher. He uses his hands well, has a variety of pass-rush moves, and showcases a knack for getting to the quarterback. A projected second-round pick, Orchard finished his senior season with 84 tackles and 18.5 sacks.

I asked Orchard if most of his early interest was coming from 3-4 teams like the Chargers.

"Definitely," he said. "I just want to show them what I can do."

Tuesday, 9:15pm (CT)

Longer than I would like between updates, but today's schedule was behind madness. The South Team had already begun practice by the time the North Team finished up, and the media dinner started immediately thereafter. Not a reporter-friendly schedule by any means, but we came away with some amazing content.

The North Team practice was not a great one for the Chargers, as two players who could be of interest with San Diego's first-round pick -- NT Danny Shelton (Washington) and OT T.J. Clemmings (Pittsburgh) -- had uneven outings. Shelton had a particularly rough day, as he struggled to get off blocks and played with poor leverage. Clemmings faired a little better, especially against the run, but had a difficult time with his hand placement in pass protection.

The most impressive lineman in the North Team practice was Iowa DT Carl Davis. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound tackle was extremely disruptive and explosive off the ball. As for disappointments? Penn State OT Donovan Smith had a tough afternoon, committing a false start and getting chastised by his coaches for a lack of aggression.

The surprise of the session was Kentucky DE Za'Darius Smith, who was invited to the game after a nice outing at the East-West Shrine Game. He was extremely active and did a great job of keeping offensive lineman off his body.

The South Team practice was brimming with Chargers coaches and scouts, including Mike McCoy. San Diego's head coach spent a lot of time chatting it up with linebackers coach Joe Barry, who was hired away today to be the defensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins. Barry, for what it's worth, was still wearing his Chargers credential at today's practice. Assistant linebackers coach Bobby King was on-hand, as well, paying close attention to the nine-on-seven drills.

Standouts from the South Team practice included SS Cody Prewitt, WR Sammy Coates and WR Dezmin Lewis. I got the chance to do an exclusive interview with Prewitt, which I will publish in the near future.

Tuesday, 11:15am (CT)

I am officially settled in here in Mobile, enjoying some meatloaf and dumplings with my boys Charlie Bernstein of and John Owning of Football Insiders here at Downtowners (great food, and more importantly, free wifi). We are less than an hour away from the first practice of the week, as the North Team will take the field at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. This year's North Team is led by the coaching staff of the Tennessee Titans, including former Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

Take a look at this week's first Senior Bowl feature: Five Players to Watch.

Who should the Chargers target in the draft? Discuss in our Draft Talk Forum.

Michael Lombardo is a long-time contributor to the team. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 18 years and covered the team since '03. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.

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