Senior Bowl: Bolts Dive for Deeper Defense

The Bolts look to stack their roster even deeper with defensive linemen. Michael Lombardo reports from the Senior Bowl on the Chargers' most recent chatter with two prospects.

With veteran NT Jamal Williams anchoring the Chargers' 3-4 defense and Igor Olshansky and Luis Castillo on either side, the Charges have learned how important it is to have a solid bench. After encountering copious injuries this past season, the Bolts know better than any team that nothing beats reliable back-up.

DE Trevor Laws, who had a private meeting with the Chargers earlier this week, ended his Fighting Irish crusade with a remarkable senior season. He recorded 112 tackles, the second-most ever by a Notre Dame lineman. A fifth-year senior from Minnesota, Laws was named 2007 Notre Dame Monogram Club Most Valuable Player.

Laws's explosive speed and natural athleticism make him a prime candidate for any team. His intelligent play-making ability and fierce footwork compel double-teams, making him a threat whether he's playing inside or outside.

Laws is a bit short(6'1") but still manages to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage because of his hyperactive style of play.

"I'm a tenacious player who's relentless to the ball on every play," Laws said. "I make plays all over the field and I never give up on anything."

Another prospect the Chargers met with is DT Marcus Harrison, who comes from Arkansas expecting to be a middle-round draft pick. After finishing the 2007 season with 72 tackles and 1 ½ sacks, he has more on his agenda at Senior Bowl than just showing scouts he can play football.

On one hand, Harrison (6'3", 310 pounds) is noted for a quick first step that sets him apart. Powerful and strong, he is also an excellent run defender.

On the other hand, a reputation for engaging in delinquent extracurricular activities precedes him. On Aug. 24, Harrison was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. He was pulled over at a traffic light and accused of having ecstasy pills and marijuana in his car.

Harrison's potential might be further questioned being that he underwent ACL surgery last April. Although he's battling back, it remains to be seen if he'll be at 100 percent by the season opener.

However, as A.J. Smith has proven with the selections of Antonio Cromartie and Anthony Waters, he is not afraid to gamble on talent.

Other teams that have shown an interest in Harrison include the Buccaneers, Bears and Dolphins.


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