The Senior Bowl was an opportunity for Follett to make a statement.
"Coming from California, unless you went to USC, you're kind of a sleeper out there, so I really wanted to just kind of showcase my talents," Follett said. "I wanted to show the coaches what kind of player I am, because not a lot of them were able to see me play, being so far out there."
LB Zack Follett
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"It's really beneficial because that's who I am going to be with at the next level, and so they are teaching me," he said. "I am going to have a head-start ahead of guys that don't get that experience."
Follett's draft stock went up after an impressive senior year. He played in 13 games and registered 87 total tackles, 23 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks and four pass breakups.
In 2008, Follett finished fourth in his conference in tackles for a loss (23), fourth in sacks (10.5) and first in forced fumbles (five). He was tied for 12th in total tackles with 6.7 per game.
The news isn't all good for Follett. He has only average size (6-foot-1, 238 pounds) and his stiff hips can inhibit his change-of-direction skills. Additionally, he has endured shoulder injuries in the past, which could raise red flags with some teams.
Nonetheless, the Chargers believe Follett could answer a lot of questions in their outside linebacker corps. Shawne Merriman is still a question mark after major knee surgery, and backup Marques Harris is an unrestricted free agent.
If Follett is called to fill out the ranks in San Diego, it will be a familiar proposition.
"I played in a 3-4 defense in high school. Our coaches went to the Chargers and used some of their schemes and put them in our system, so it's to my benefit that I have used that system," he said.
Follett considers the Chargers one of the front-runners for his services. In addition to his meeting with the team, he had a lengthy chat with defensive coordinator Ron Rivera after one of the Senior Bowl practices.
Follett used the encounter to explain exactly what he could bring to the Chargers.
"They'd get a guy that's going to go hard and put in the work that needs to be done. When I am out there on the field, I have an instinct for the ball, so I will be out there making plays," he said.