Versatile defensive lineman intrigues Bolts

The San Diego Chargers are looking improve defensive line depth, especially at end, where Jacques Cesaire struggled when pressed into extended duty. Although Derreck Robinson appears to be a player, more help is needed. The Chargers met with one prospect at the Senior Bowl who possesses the drive, versatility and durability the team is longing to acquire.

Ryan McBean (6-foot-5, 277 pounds) proved to be a do-it-all defensive lineman as a two-year starter at Oklahoma State. During that time, he racked up 62 total tackles, 13 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks. He also forced three fumbles, recovered three more and blocked a kick in his career as a Cowboy.

His strong play as a collegian earned him an invite to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., where he was able to showcase his skill-set while working with the San Francisco 49ers' coaching staff.

"I learned a whole bunch. Our defensive line coach (Jim Tomsula) taught us a lot hand-wise and about getting up field. He educated us a whole bunch about the game of football and I appreciate that," McBean said.

McBean was impressive throughout Senior Bowl week. He showed good quickness off the ball and used his hands well, both in getting off of blocks and in disrupting the quarterback's field of vision.

His performance was far from flawless, however. He struggled in anchoring at the point of attack and jumped off-sides too often. Still, he left Mobile with his stock arrow pointing upwards due to his relentless style of play and overall productivity. He registered a quarterback-hurry and a tackle for a loss in the Senior Bowl game.

"I'm a player who has momentum, who has everything," McBean said. "I'm someone who has a motor and is going to go 110 percent every time."

Several teams took notice of McBean's performance. Other than the Chargers, the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets also met with him during Senior Bowl week. It is interesting to note that each of those teams deploys a 3-4 defense, where an undersized defensive tackle like McBean fits well at defensive end.

McBean has been compared to two of the league's most versatile linemen.

"(Scouts) say I'm more of a Kevin Williams…I wish," McBean said. "My coaches told me I remind them of (Richard) Seymour. There's still a long road to go for that one, too."

San Diego would be trilled to land a multidimensional talent like McBean, in hopes that he could become a poor man's Williams or Seymour. Given his second-round projection, he could develop into one of the draft's better value selections if he falls to the Chargers at No. 62.


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