Chargers Scouting Senior Bowl talent

Mobile-- In 2006, the depth along San Diego's defensive front seven was put to the test. Steve Foley was lost for the season, Luis Castillo missed six games due to injury and Shawne Merriman was suspended four games for steroid use. At the Senior Bowl, San Diego is preparing to further fortify that particular portion of its defense.

One area that would benefit from the addition of another big body is defensive line. In Mobile, the Chargers have been talking with Kareem Brown, a 6-foot-5, 305 lb. defensive tackle from Miami who would play defensive end in the San Diego's 3-4 front. San Diego liked Brown so much that it made sure it was the first team he talked to upon arriving in Mobile.

Brown is a disruptive force on the line. He finished his senior year in Miami with 10 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks and one forced fumble.

"I feel like I have a lot of athletic ability to bring to a defensive line," Brown said. "I give a different look at defensive tackle because I'm so agile that offensive linemen usually can't handle me."

The Chargers also spoke with linebacker H.B. Blades, a 5-foot-11, 241 lb. linebacker from Pittsburgh. The Chargers have a need at linebacker with Donnie Edwards set to depart as a free agent and with Randall Godfrey contemplating retirement.

The key for Blades will be proving he can keep up with the speed of the pro game. That was no problem in college, where he finished his senior season with 147 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss, one sack and two interceptions.

"I want to prove to the scouts that I'm a lot faster than what people think," Blades said. "I already know I'm short and there's not much I can do about that, but with what kind of football player I am and with how physical I am, I can play in any scheme."

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