SDBR's Senior Bowl Blog: Day Two

SDBoltReport.com publisher Michael Lombardo brings you inside updates from Day Two of Senior Bowl week in Mobile, Ala. We're talking to everyone from coaches to prospects to other assorted members of the football community, all of whom have congregated here for a week jam-packed with football activity.

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11:15pm (EST)

For those who enjoy our away-from-the-field anecdotes, here is one of my better ones for you. I was preparing to drive to today's North Team practice with fellow writers Charlie Bernstein and John Owning when somebody staying in the same hotel as us asked if he could catch a ride to practice. That person was Steve Walsh, a former quarterback of the Cowboys, Saints and Bears.

Walsh, who is currently coaching his son's high school team in the West Palm Beach area, is attending the Senior Bowl to network in hopes of landing a job as a quarterbacks coach. He specifically mentioned trying to follow the coaching path of Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich, who took several years off after his playing career ended before diving into coaching and quickly moving up the ranks.

Walsh went on to tell me what a great job Reich did this season in San Diego. I, of course, quickly corrected him. We then debated the highs and lows of San Diego's offense over the last few years, with me citing the departure of Vincent Jackson as a major setback and Walsh disagreeing (we didn't agree on much, for that matter).

Walsh certainly seems like a great dude, although I'm sure he won't ask to get into a car with me again any time in the near future.

6:30pm (EST)

One of the areas the Chargers need to beef up is the defensive front seven, and several prospects held effective auditions for that role in today's South Team practice.

One that stood out is Arkansas' Trey Flowers, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive end who plays with a lot of power. On more than one occasion he bull rushed his way right into the backfield and blew up a run before it even started.

Another pass rusher, Missouri's Markus Golden, was a college defensive end who is making the switch to outside linebacker. He was extremely disruptive today, slipping off blocks and making himself right at the home in the opposing backfield. He is projected as a third-round pick.

While Golden could help shore up San Diego's outside linebacker rotation, Georgia's Amarlo Herrera looked very capable of helping out on the inside. He was extremely effective shooting gaps and playing downhill.

The most impressive player on the offensive side was OG Shaq Mason, who spent much of today's practice session blowing opponents off the ball. He excelled in space, which was to be expected after he played in the triple-option offense at Georgia Tech. His draft status was very much up in the air coming into this week, but given how well he is playing, he is now likely a third- or fourth-round pick.

5:30pm (EST)

I ran into Chargers OLB Jarret Johnson at today's South Team practice. He arrived along with defensive coordinator John Pagano and watched practice with other members of San Diego's coaching staff.

I initially thought Johnson might be preparing himself to transition into a coaching role. After all, he is one of the leaders in San Diego's clubhouse and a true student of the game. Additionally, the Chargers suddenly have a need for a linebackers coach after Joe Barry was hired away this week by the Washington Redskins. But after talking to Johnson, that is not the reason he is here. He claims he is healthy and getting ready for next season.

Whether he spends next season with the Chargers remains to be seen. He is entering the final year of his contract, which he was forced to renegotiate last offseason to avoid being released, and will be 34 years old by the time next season begins.

But I digress. Johnson, who lives just a couple hours from Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, says was in attendance to watch Central Arkansas WR Dezmin Lewis. He was not alone in that desire, either. After Wednesday's practice, a trio of Chargers scouts grabbed Lewis and conducted an extensive on-field interview with him.

Lewis is having a fantastic week, catching everything in sight. The Chargers have a need at receiver, as well, with Eddie Royal slated for free agency and Malcom Floyd, 34, entering the final year of his contract.



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Michael Lombardo is a long-time contributor to the Scout.com 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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