Philadelphia Eagles: Eagle Eye On Defensive Tackle Trevor Laws
The anticipation was high around the Eagles franchise that this young man would be able to translate his college success at the University of Notre Dame over to the NFL. So much so that some fans began to pencil him in as an immediate starter.
In his final year at college in 2007, Laws led Notre Dame in sacks with four and tackles with 112—both were career highs for him, so the Eagles front office had every reason to believe they were acquiring a quality player.
For his career at Notre Dame, Laws appeared in 49 games (25 starts) registering 224 tackles (22.5 for a loss), 10 sacks, two forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries.
Top that off with one interception and six blocked kicks, and you can see why the Eagles used a second round pick on him.
Standing at 6'1", 304 lbs, fans believed they were getting a force to be reckoned with, if for nothing else, as a sure thing for quality depth across the position.
Unfortunately for the Eagles and the fans, Laws hasn't panned out they way he was expected. He's failed to show a bounce back from the injury (quad contusion) he suffered in the second quarter of the Eagles-Cowboys game in 2008.
Since being drafted, he has played in 27 games, accumulating just 28 tackles. 2009 proved to be an even more destructive year to his ego as he recorded only 12 tackles in 11 games.
Not nearly what everyone was expecting, right?
It is for this reason that he is quickly becoming known as a bust in the City of Brotherly Love. Now, if he wishes to remain an Eagle, he must prove to be more talented than Antonio Dixon and rookie Jeff Owens.
Right now, I would say both Dixon and Owens are ahead of Laws on the depth chart, so it is going to take an impressively strong showing at training camp this year.
Dixon started to come into his own towards the end of the 2009 season but is still a very raw player in the NFL. We'll see exactly how much he has retained since the end of last year coming up in a couple of weeks.
Seventh round draft choice Jeff Owens is a player many fans are raving about. He has a really good chance of making an impact on the Eagles roster for years to come.
He was a stout mainstay on the Georgia Bulldogs defense. This monstrous co-captain of his unit started in 37 games, registered 102 tackles (13 for a loss), and 5.5 QB sacks.
Not a bad track sheet for a seventh-round pick. But will he be able to convert his college skills to the NFL?
However, it's Trevor Laws who in the hot seat right now. And if he shows up and gives it 110 percent, he is capable of staying with the Birds. It's just a matter of pulling the effort out of himself.
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