Everyone knew they would be looking at the big three quarterbacks, offensive tackle Robert Gallery, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and safety Sean Taylor.
But this year the thinking is different. The terms are broader – the Chargers have visited this school or that school to watch a Pro Day.
Nothing tangible – until now.
Making his way to Murphy Canyon in the early part of April will be DeMarcus Ware.
"I have to for a visit there on April 3-4," Ware admitted. "Another interview."
Ware has talked to representatives from 27 teams but getting a personal visit is a little different. This is real interest.
Ware, a defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid out of Troy State, is seen as a perfect fit in the 3-4 defense.
Demarcus Ware's vitals:
Forty Times: 4.65/4.65
Twenty-yard splits: 2.75/2.76
Ten-yard splits: 1.70/1.70
225-pund bench: 27 reps
Vertical Jump: 38.5
Broad Jump: 10-2/10-2
20-yard shuttle: 4.08/4.07
60-yard shuttle: 10.93/11.12
At 6-foot-4, 251-pounds, Ware looked outstanding lining up at linebacker during Senior Bowl week and at the Combines.
"I feel I am athletic enough to drop back and cover the pass whenever needed," said Ware. "And when it comes down to the pass rush I can do that too."
The pass rush is one aspect of the game that Ware excels.
After recording 62 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, six sacks, 32 quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries and five forced fumbles in 2003, Ware followed it up with 53 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, ten sacks, 29 quarterback hurries and four more forced fumbles last year.
"Pass rushing is one of my strengths," Ware said with a smile. "I have the speed and I have the mileage on pass rushing so it is one of my strong points.
|"Athletic, play making defender with great potential for the next level. Quick changing direction or altering his angle of attack and possesses the ability to make plays in any direction." Tony Pauline-TFY Draft Preview|
Given his work in the community – with Outreach programs to mentor younger kids – he would seem to be the perfect A.J. Smith pick.
Take a second and imagine the nightmare for opponents that would come with Steve Foley on one side and Ware on the other. Imagine the guessing that would go on by the offense. Imagine the pressure up front, alleviating any concerns over the secondary having to cover too long.
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