Chargers to bring WR in for visit

The San Diego Chargers cut wide receiver Keenan McCardell this off-season and are in the market for another wideout to compliment the current group. As such, they have scheduled a visit this week with a wide receiver.

Scout.com's Ed Thompson has confirmed to SDBoltReport.com that Mike Walker will fly to San Diego this week for a visit at their Murphy Canyon facility.

Chargers' general manager A.J. Smith, armed with a strong contingent of scouts, was on hand last week at Central Florida to watch Walker perform in drills, coming away impressed.

Walker caught 90 passes as a senior for 1,178 yards with seven touchdowns, quelling concerns about a knee injury he suffered late in 2005. He was still able to tally 64 receptions as a junior.

Brimming with athleticism, Walker was pulled from the receiving ranks as a sophomore and tallied three interceptions.

At 6-foot-1, 209-pounds, Walker has some height but his best asset is his ability to get behind the secondary and the Florida native is considered one of the best deep threats in the nation.

Walker ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, as reported to the media room in Indianapolis, and that kind of speed is coveted in San Diego as they move away from the more possession oriented receivers they currently have in the stable.

The Bolts interest in Walker is obvious. They have Vincent Jackson who is slated to be the number one receiver because of his ability to catch the short passes and stretch the field and Eric Parker, a smart route-runner that makes plays with his body and excellent hands. Walker would be the true deep threat, taking some pressure off the double teams Jackson is sure to command and adding a threat on the outside – someone who can take a short gain and make it a long one.

His visit to San Diego this week will go a long way towards determining if he is a viable candidate for the Chargers when the NFL Draft rolls around in April.


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