After picking defenders Shawne Merriman and Luis Castillo in the first round, the Bolts went on the offensive with their second round pick.
Vincent Jackson, a towering wide receiver from Northern Colorado, caught 21 touchdown passes as a junior while catching 66 passes for 1,462 yards. He followed that up with an 80-reception season for 1,382 with 11 touchdowns.
Jackson also spent time as the punt returner for the Bears, returning 88 punts in his career with an 11.6 average and 55 kickoff returns for a 23.8 average.
With five 200-yard receiving games throughout his career, Jackson was a man amongst boys playing in Division I-AA. He played in the Senior Bowl where he had an up and down week, showing flashes of brilliance and dropping other balls.
Jackson rewrote most of the school's records during his 46-game career. He tops school annals with 177 receptions for 3,548 yards (20.0 average) and 37 touchdowns. He also returned 88 punts for a school-record 1,024 yards (11.6 average) and two scores, topping the previous mark and returned 52 kickoffs for 1,238 yards (23.8 average), second in school history. Jackson amassed 5,810 all-purpose yards, another school record.
Absent of a third round choice, trading it away in the deal to acquire Keenan McCardell, the Bolts do not currently have another first day pick and won't pick again until round four, pick 130 overall.
"We did our due diligence as it were," Marty Schottenheimer said of his selection of Luis Castillo. "It is not an issue to us. This was a one-time circumstance to us."
Castillo owned up to it in a conference call, saying he would put a clause in his contract and would give back his signing bonus if he ever tested positive.
Cameron Healy contributed to this report
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