Chargers meet with linebacker at NFL Combine

The San Diego Chargers didn't stand pat at the NFL Combine. With two middle linebackers likely gone when free agency hits, the Chargers used the NFL Combine to meet with a possible replacement.

As Donnie Edwards moves forward after spending five years with the San Diego Chargers. He led the Bolts in tackles for each of the last five years.

Randall Godfrey may indeed come back to football and is set to test the free agent waters. He will be looking for a starting job and a chance to win a Championship. San Diego has not made an overture to bring him back.

With all that on the near horizon, SDBoltReport.com has confirmed that the Bolts met with Michigan defensive end/linebacker Lamarr Woodley – ironic because he is considered an outside linebacker and would not be replacing Edwards or Godfrey.

"Woodley is a little bit of a tweener," Draft analyst Mike Mayock said. "They will ask him to stand up and do some linebacker drills along with the Spencer kid from Purdue. They'll be the two highest profile kids of the defensive ends who are going to be asked to stand up and play some outside linebacker. If he can run 4.6 at his size, that would be tremendous. What's going to be more important is how he moves in the linebacker drills. I think he's going to be a solid second-round kid. It just depends whether it's a 4-3 team or a 3-4 team."

Woodley did not participate in any drills at the NFL Combine due to a strained hamstring.

Woodley admitted he would feel more comfortable playing defensive end at the next level but that did not stop several 3-4 teams from interviewing him, especially since there are more than a few teams who believe he is too small for the defensive end position.

"I'm the kind of guy who uses his heart," he said. "I'm the kind of guy who is going to get it done."

This is the second time the Chargers have interviewed Woodley, meeting him at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. But he struggled at the Senior Bowl in drills.

Perhaps they are looking for another pass rushing linebacker to see time in the rotation with Shaun Phillips and Shawne Merriman.

The winner of the Lombardi Award (top lineman) and Ted Hendricks Award (top defensive end) in 2006, Woodley was a dominant college player.

He finished his four-year career at Michigan with 177 tackles, 52.5 tackles for a loss and 24 sacks.

TFY Draft Preview reported, "Woodley's recent workouts have been terrible. So much so the thinking is he will skip the Combine altogether and rely solely on his pro-day workout for testing."

If his Pro Day does not pan out well, Woodley could free fall in the NFL Draft and that could open up an opportunity for San Diego. They certainly wouldn't use a day one pick on Woodley – would they?


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