Chargers Prospect Analysis: D-Line, Part III

Jaime Cattano continues her five-part series examining the defensive linemen the Chargers met with during Senior Bowl week. Part III reveals a high-motor player with the ideal build for the 3-4 scheme. This articulate young man has everything the Bolts are looking for, on and off the field.

Notre Dame DT Trevor Laws enjoyed a private meeting with the Chargers on Tuesday of Senior Bowl week. Four days later, he earned the Senior Bowl's Most Outstanding Lineman honor with a seven-tackle, one-sack performance.

Laws left Mobile, Ala., pleased with the positive impression he left on coaches and scouts.

"I was disruptive in there," Laws said.

Laws posted an amazing 112 tackles as a senior, prompting his teammates to name him Notre Dame's MVP. As good as he looks on film, he feels he still has a lot to prove at the Indy Combine and during his Pro Day.

"I want to get bigger, stronger, faster," Laws said. "I want to get my body right, be ready to run that forty, run those drills and get better."

A.J. Smith will give Laws heavy consideration on draft day. Because Laws is short for a defensive lineman (6'1", 297 pounds), he could slip all the way to the fourth round.

Laws would provide the Chargers with quality snaps off the bench and protection in case of injury -- Luis Castillo and Jamal Williams combined to miss nine games last season.

Laws is a tremendous fit for Ted Cottrell's scheme. He plays with great leverage and has the bulk to anchor at the point of attack. Also, he is eager to run to the ball and chase plays down on the back side.

"(I'm) a tenacious player, one who will pursue the ball every play," Laws said. "I'm making plays all over the field and I never give up on anything."

As A.J. Smith will tell you, the Chargers can never have enough players like that.



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