Bolts meet with another pass-rushing ‘backer

In 2005, Shaun Phillips had seven sacks as the Chargers' third outside linebacker. Last year, Marques Harris had just three sacks in the same role. Looking to improve that critical position, the Bolts met earlier this offseason with an edge-rushing talent who has the quick first step and explosive athleticism to torment opposing quarterbacks on a regular basis.

During the Indy Combine, the Chargers conducted a private interview with Quentin Moses (6-foot-5, 261 lbs.), a defensive end from Georgia who projects as an outside ‘backer in a 3-4 scheme.

In his four-year collegiate career, Moses registered 137 total tackles, 44.5 tackles for a loss and 25 sacks. He was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and All-America first team by the Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook following his senior season.

Although that productivity came from the defensive end position, Moses has no qualms about moving to linebacker.

"If coaches who have been in the game for 20 or 30 years feel like I should play linebacker, then I want to play linebacker," Moses said. "I feel like they know a little more about the game than I do."

Moses certainly has the athleticism to make such a switch. He is a natural pass-rusher who can anticipate snap counts and is relentless in pursuit. And despite the fact that his experience is on the defensive line, he has received plenty of opportunities to drop back in coverage.

Always a diligent worker with a terrific attitude, Moses has no preference as to which position he plays.

"I'll play wherever anybody puts me on the field," he said.

In San Diego, Moses would supplant Harris as the third outside ‘backer. That would prevent the pass rush from cooling down when Phillips or Shawne Merriman goes to the bench, and would provide stellar injury insurance. Moses' has the ability to be a force on special teams, too.

Additionally, he has the kind of massive potential that General Manager A.J. Smith is prone to fall for on draft day. Moses entered the 2006 season as the highest ranked prospect by BLESTO, one of the scouting services used by NFL teams.

Although Moses failed to meet those lofty expectations during his senior campaign, he still flashed the ability to be a difference-maker on the next level.

The Chargers will likely have to snag Moses in round two if they are to have a serious shot at landing him. But given his transcendent pass-rushing ability, it may be a pick well worth it.


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