As expected, Troy Williamson, a junior entry into the draft, met with San Diego Chargers wide receivers' coach James Lofton when he came to the Murphy Canyon facility.
With a bright career ahead, Lofton represents the pinnacle of success, a Hall of Fame wide receiver and now a coach for a young and growing team.
"He is a pretty cool guy," Williamson said of Lofton. "Pretty laid back. We talked about how he works with receivers and what the offense does. It was a pretty good situation."
The Chargers, in need of a true number one receiver, brought in Williamson because they view him as such – a talented receiver that can grow into the role.
The former South Carolina wideout played in an offense that stressed the running game but he regularly hit the highlight reels with big catches for long gains. He averaged 19.4 yards per reception on 43 hauls to go with seven touchdowns.
And San Diego has thought enough of the wide receiver to bring him in for a pre-draft visit.
"That says enough, them bringing me in," admits Williamson. "Everything went well. I worked out pretty good. Everything is straight."
Now, Williamson is set on staying in shape, working out to keep his energy up for the coaching sessions that begin in May and training camp come July.
He isn't taking anything for granted. Should he be chosen by the Chargers, Williamson knows his work has just begun.
Training camp represents a chance to get a foothold on a starting position, where he can make an impact as a rookie. But he has to earn the starting job first.
"That comes with hard work," he said. "You can't expect nothing to be given to you. That is something that I will work towards when I get there. I don't expect anything to be given to me."
Until then, his plan is to stay glued to the television set when Draft Day rolls around. He will be in South Carolina with his family and will breathe the sigh of relief when he gets that phone call, followed by hearing his name on the television.
He isn't certain on who will take him, but is about one thing:
"I can definitely make an impact as a rookie."
The Chargers have a need at wide receiver and it may not be as pressing as other positions, but passing up a talent like Williamson may be too tough for them to justify.
The visit is over and the answer will come on April 23.
Denis Savage can be reached at email@example.com
Troy Williamson on his visit to San Diego
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