SD Shows Interest in Another O-Line Prospect

The Chargers offense hit the skids when Nick Hardwick went down with an ankle injury. Looking to bolster depth at the hub position, the Chargers chatted with a talented center prospect earlier this offseason. This prospect's ability to adapt to change is sandwiched between impressive body control and field knowledge, a combo that might be the edge the Bolts need.

Steven Justice of Wake Forest was ushered aside at the Senior Bowl for some face time with the Chargers coaching staff. San Diego reportedly met with Justice for a second time at the NFL Combine. With the draft less than two weeks away, Justice responds to the demands around him and is prepared to meet -- and exceed -- the Bolts expectations.

"The Senior Bowl was all about adjustments," Justice said. "I had to show I could handle the pressures of the weigh-ins and the long meetings, plus learn the whole playbook in one day. I had to perform well on the field and show that I had digested everything. The coaches were looking to see how well I could adapt to the new surroundings."

At 6'4" and 293 pounds, Justice started every game his senior season. He closed the year by winning the ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy, an award presented annually to the ACC's top lineman.

A finesse blocker, Justice anchored the Deacon's offensive line, one which allowed only 27 sacks on the season. With 65 knockdowns and 12 blocks that resulted in touchdowns, Justice is prepared for the changes awaiting him.

"The offseason events are previews of what we should hopefully experience the months following the draft," he said. "I know we are just being prepped for the unpredictable ahead of us. My passion is to play the best game that I can so, right now, I just need to focus on showing my football abilities."

Justice displays natural athleticism on the field. He bends his knees, gaining the right leverage to pass-block, and shows good technique in mimicking his opponent with slides and shuffles. With his initial burst of quickness, he swiftly works around his man and often reaches the linebackers on the second level.

Because of his lack of prototypical size, Justice uses his hands and body positioning to make successful blocks. What he lacks in size and strength, he makes up for in control and field awareness.

Justice has a sound knowledge and understanding of defensive schemes that allow him to get the job done. The go-getter is ready to give the Bolts just what they need.

"I'm a hard-nosed player and am very passionate about the game. I'm a quick player out there. I like to be consistent and play hard as long as I can," he said.


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