Versatility is the key for Laws

A player that hasn't received the hype of some other top defensive linemen, but nevertheless produced well at the college level is Notre Dame's Trevor Laws. The young man played several positions along the Irish defensive line -- Nose Tackle, Defensive Tackle and Defensive End -- and when he gets to the pros, he's open to playing almost anywhere.

Notre Dame switched from a 4-3 scheme in 2006 to a 3-4 scheme last year that sent Laws out wide at 6-1, 300 pounds and he produced, wracking up a team-leading 112 tackles (that isn't a misprint), four sacks and seven quarterback hurries.

"I think I am stout at the point of attack," Laws told the media while at the Combine in Indianapolis this past weekend. "I'm 305 pounds and everybody tries to knock me on my size, but I feel like I'm a pretty big guy.

"I played two-gap at the end this whole college career going against big tackles and I stonewalled them."

Laws attributes his success, both inside and outside, to his high school days where he was a three-time All-American.

"It helped me immensely in so many different things," Laws said. "With my hands, leverage, bounce, hips. Any wrestling helps in making a football play. Especially on the interior line."

As a fourth-year junior at Notre Dame in 2006, Laws was a leader on a defense that, along with a potent offense, helped lead the Irish to a Sugar Bowl bid. However, 2007 saw them fall to 3-9 and Laws has had to answer questions about the fall-off from teams that could be his eventual employers.

"Some teams will ask what happened this year and stuff like that," Laws admitted. "I just tell the truth. We had a young team, young guys need to step up. We had inexperience across the board.

"It's tough to win with the schedule we play. We had young guys that need a couple more years to mature."

Growing up in Minnesota, Laws watched another smallish interior defensive lineman dominate the game week after week and he noted that John Randle is a player he's tried to emulate in the way he plays.

"I love everything about him," Laws said. "The way he plays, the way he paints his face -- he's a crazy guy.

"He's just a little ball of muscle, a ball of energy and I just remember him running on the field, being small, and a lot of those big o-linemen (he would) just abuse them."

While Randle played mostly on the inside, he did venture out wide at times and move around to different positions along the line and that's one thing that Laws said he can do.

"I think I can play each one," Laws said when asked if he could play the nose or defensive tackle better. "They are pretty much the same. I played a lot of nose early in my career in college, a lot of 3-technique later on in my career in college.

"I feel really equally comfortable playing both."

Laws noted that he had met with a lot of 3-4 teams, but the Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers, Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks are teams that have stuck out to him.

"It would be great," Laws said about playing for the Seahawks. "Seattle's a great city. I've been there a bunch of times. It would be awesome."

If he can produce the numbers he had while at Notre Dame, Seattle fans would agree with that last statement.


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