Bolts Reconnect with D-Lineman at NFL Combine

The Bolts tapered their focus by reuniting with a defensive tackle at the NFL Combine. After initially meeting with him at the Senior Bowl, the Chargers gained double exposure and pulled this prospect aside for another private meeting in Indy. With his strength and ambition, the Chargers see him as the possible heir apparent to Jamal Williams.

Demario Pressley of North Carolina State was steered aside for a private meeting with the Bolts at the NFL Combine, marking his second meeting with the team in less than two months. Pressley concluded a remarkable senior year with the Wolfpack and the Bolts see this prospect's budding potential.

Named honorable mention All-ACC, Pressley posted 41 total tackles, six tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks last season. Additionally, he marked 11 quarterback pressures and added two interceptions.

Pressley was pierced with a nagging injury, causing him to miss the first two games last year, but his dedication saw him back to the starting lineup by Week 3. Pressley knows teams are wondering if he is an injury-prone player.

"I don't think I am. I've been working on my hands just to prove to everyone that they're doing work right. I know I have to prove myself to everybody."

Measuring 6'3", 301 pounds at the Combine, Pressley knows that the position he desires is hardly a glamorous one. While he can play the 3-technique and line up as an end in a 3-4 defense, Pressley has no pangs about staying at nose tackle.

"I know that I'll be playing for the team and that I won't be making a lot of plays because I'll be freeing up things for other players. I'm going to be busting it hard every play and, in the end, I'm playing for the team."

Pressley would fare well under Ted Cottrell's 3-4 scheme and the Bolts note the rarity of finding a player with a true love for nose tackle.

Pressley's passion remains focused on excelling at this position and he knows exactly what to expect.

"You're going to hit each play, you're going to hit every down and your job will not get easier," Pressley said. "It takes a man to play that position and I enjoy playing it."

Pressley's 40-yard dash in Indy (5.09) didn't lie within the top ten at his position. While his speed may be lacking, the broad-bodied athlete is an active, powerful tackler at the point of attack. He holds up well against double-teams and opponents will find his body tough to budge from the line.

Pressley would have to beat out Brandon McKinney for the right to back up Jamal Williams, who is coming off ankle surgery and will be 32 next season. Given that McKinney was tied to the inactive list during the playoffs, Pressley should have no trouble carving out a roster spot.

The Bolts need someone who can spell Williams when he's healthy and replace him when he's not. If the Chargers' two meetings with Pressley are any indication, they believe he is the player who can get the job done.


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