Chargers look to strengthen a strength

Despite a starting trio of dominating defensive linemen, the Chargers' need at the position is fairly pronounced. Jacques Cesaire is the team's only veteran reserve with starting experience and the rotation is greatly hindered when he is forced to start. Because of that, the Chargers will be targeting defensive linemen on draft day.

Kareem Brown could be wearing a bull's-eye. The more you can do, the longer you'll stick around. Not only is that a time-tested truism, it may be the cornerstone of Brown's future success. A 6-foot-5, 305 lb. defensive lineman, Brown is a two-way defender who can be successful in any scheme. He possesses uncanny quickness for a man his size and should develop into an impact player early in his career.

A former Miami Hurricane, Brown enjoyed ample success as a collegian. His four-year totals while there include 154 tackles, 30.5 tackles for a loss and 20.5 sacks. He was named second-team All-ACC following the 2006 season.

"I give a different look at defensive tackle," Brown said. "Since I'm so agile, offensive linemen usually can't handle me. I think that athletic ability will help me out tremendously."

That athletic ability sponsors his versatility. Brown has the ability to hold his ground and collapse the pocket, making him a potentially stellar fit as a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme.

The 49ers coaching staff allowed Brown to show off all of his skills while in Mobile, Ala. for the Senior Bowl. He played both one and three techniques as the week progressed, firing off the ball and chasing relentlessly in pursuit.

Brown was fully aware of the opportunity before him at the Senior Bowl and was eager to seize it.

"It means the world to me," said Brown of his time in Mobile. "It's the biggest stage for me to showcase my talents and I feel like this could be a stepping stone for my career."

He did his part on game day, finishing with five tackles and one quarterback hurry. He was in on a tackle for a loss as well.

The scouts in attendance certainly took notice and were quick to set up individual meetings with Brown. The Seahawks, Falcons, Packers Jets and Chargers were among that made sure to meet with him during Senior Bowl week.

"San Diego was actually the first team I interviewed with," Brown said. "This is a very crucial time in lives of everybody here. We just have to build on this. It is funny how things operate. It's like a meat market."

However, Brown is more than an impressive piece of meat. He has excellent intangibles and would make for a terrific locker-room addition. He is a well-spoken and articulate individual with the potential to grow into a leadership role.

Also, confidence will never be a problem given his alma mater.

Should San Diego return that confidence on draft day, it will land one of college football's most dynamic defensive line prospects.


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