"Coming from a small school, the first thing [I wanted to do at the Senior Bowl] was to prove that I can play," Sidbury said. "I want to show people what I can do. I don't need to come in and be superman or anything like that. I just want to come in, make plays, look good in drills and do things right."
Marques Harris is expected to leave as an UFA, creating even more need for Sidbury.
Sidbury's pass-rushing prowess was nothing new to teams familiar with his film. As a senior at Richmond, he racked up 56 tackles, including 20 for a loss, and 11.5 sacks. He ended his collegiate career on a high note, bagging four sacks in the Spiders' Football Championship Series win over Montana.
The competition was even more talented in Mobile, yet Sidbury proved he can produce at any level.
"On the next level, I'm probably going to play against some of these [Senior Bowl] guys," Sidbury said. "I feel very confident in my ability."
It remains unclear how the Chargers would deploy Sidbury, who has gone on record as saying he is comfortable in the 3-4 defense. His frame makes it seem he is best suited for a move to outside linebacker. However, he is also powerful enough to hold up as a pass-rushing defensive end.
The difference between the two roles may become reduced this season, anyway, as defensive coordinator Ron Rivera works in some elements of the 4-3 schemes with which he is most comfortable. Regardless, the Chargers – who posted 14 fewer sacks in 2008 than 2007 -- can find a way to get a player of Sidbury's ilk onto the field.
"[The team that drafts me] gets someone that's going to play hard and be a very good pass rusher. They also get somebody they're not going to have to worry about off the field. You don't have to worry about any character issues with Lawrence Sidbury."
Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003.