Chargers Prospect Analysis: D-Line, Part I

The Chargers conducted private meetings with more than 20 players at the Senior Bowl, targeting defensive line more than any other position. Jaime Cattano begins a five-part series to analyze the top D-line prospects the Chargers met with, starting with a rising prospect the Bolts could consider with a compensatory pick in round three.

Chargers officials expect to land a compensatory pick in the third round of the draft, after losing Donnie Edwards in free agency last offseason. The extra selection is sorely needed, as San Diego only owns one selection in the first four rounds.

The Chargers will give serious consideration to using that compensatory selection on DT Demario Pressley of North Carolina State. Chargers officials met with Pressley in Mobile, Ala., and walked away confident that he could man every position on the defensive line.

"(I'm) a versatile player, one who can play defensive end and defensive tackle, and maybe some nose guard if I had a little weight on me," Pressley said. "(The team that drafts me) will also get a defensive lineman who is fast off the ball, who will run down a fullback or running back…I'm just a guy who won't quit."

The Chargers were not the only team to meet with Pressley at the Senior Bowl. The former Wolfpack star also met with the coaching staffs of the Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings.

After putting his best foot forward in the meeting rooms at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, Ala., Pressley plans on doing the same thing during the Indy Combine and his Pro Day.

"(I want to) prove to them that I am the best defensive tackle, on and off the field," he said. "I've got to work hard, I've got to do everything technique-wise and I have to be very fast off the ball."

Pressley (6'4", 293 pounds) was slowed early in his senior season by nagging injuries, missing two games, but rebounded to post 41 total tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss. He was named honorable mention All-ACC for his efforts.

He started his final 23 games at NC State, the longest streak on the team. He logged 1,112 snaps for the Wolfpack defense, making him one of the most experienced defensive linemen in this year's draft.

Pressley's experience is crucial, as the Chargers need a player who can provide quality snaps from the get-go. Jamal Williams currently anchors the 3-4 defense, but will be 32 years old before next season gets underway.

Also, Pressley could log some time at defensive end. Starter Luis Castillo has missed six games each of the last two seasons.

"I have played 3-technique and I play in," Pressley said. "Switching between those two wouldn't be a problem; I would just have to study more on my end technique."

The Chargers are concerned about Pressley's history of injuries. During his time with the Wolfpack, he dealt with wrist, toe and knee injuries. However, the potential he showed when healthy will make him hard to overlook.



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