Defensive tackle Trevor Laws, the Eagles' first pick in the 2008 draft, signed a four-year deal on Monday.
"I feel great, man. It's great to officially be an Eagle," Laws said as he arrived at Lehigh. "I'm glad to finally start playing football."
Head coach Andy Reid announced that Laws, who led Notre Dame in tackles last season, will most likely not participate in the rookie and selected veterans portion of training camp due to a foot injury suffered while preparing for camp. The practices consist of two workouts on Tuesday, two on Wednesday and one on Thursday morning.
The 6 feet 1, 304-pound Laws is expected to rotate with returning starters Brodrick Bunkley and Mike Patterson, who were the Eagles' top picks in 2006 and 2005, respectively.
A third-team All-American selection in 2007, Laws led Notre Dame with career highs in tackles (112) and sacks (4.0), while adding three blocked kicks on special teams. His 112 tackles were the most by a defensive lineman in the major college ranks, and one shy of Notre Dame's single-season record among defensive linemen (Steve Niehaus, 113 in 1975).
Laws appeared in 49 games (25 starts) during his collegiate career, recording 224 tackles, 22.5 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, one interception and six blocked kicks.
Laws was a roommate of Eagles defensive end Victor Abiamiri for two years at Notre Dame.
"We definitely have a camaraderie from playing next to each other and living together at Notre Dame," said Laws. "I'm really looking forward to playing next to him again on this level."
Not only did the Eagles sign a good football player, but an intelligent one as well. The Minnesota native earned his degree in marketing and sociology, en route to a selection to the Academic All-America team.
Now that all of the Eagles' 2008 draft picks are signed, the team is officially ready for training camp.