Potential first-round receiver visits Bolts

The San Diego Chargers have arranged another visit with a top wide receiver prospect. Much like Robert Meachem before him, this player has a chance to taken with the team's first pick in the 2007 draft. A high-quality person and an excellent technician, this individual has the experience and productivity the Chargers love to see before investing heavy bank in a player.

SDBoltReport.com has confirmed that Anthony Gonzalez (6-foot, 195 lbs.), a receiver from Ohio State, will visit with the Chargers prior to the draft. As a senior, he caught 51 passes for 734 yards (14.4-yard average) and eight scores.

Despite being overshadowed by Ted Ginn Jr. during his college days, Gonzalez has a chance to be the better pro. He is a precise route runner with great hands and an even better understanding of the game, taking what the defense gives him and working to make himself available to his quarterback.

Gonzalez has excellent quickness and can make big gains after the catch. He works hard as a blocker, too, a must if he is to get playing time in San Diego.

Also, he keeps himself in great condition, meaning longevity will be a likely addition to his long list of assets.

"He's going to have a tremendous NFL career because he takes care of his body so well. He will do all the right things to make sure he stays in the league a long time," said Ohio State receivers coach Darrell Hazell.

In San Diego, Gonzalez would step into the No. 3 receiver role behind Vincent Jackson and Eric Parker. He excels working out of the slot, so that would be a natural fit for him.

Another reason that General Manager A.J. Smith holds Gonzalez in such high regard is that he functions like an extra coach on the field. That high football IQ should make his transition to the pro game a relatively painless one.

Additionally, drafting Gonzalez would be a boon for the San Diego community.

"I want to devote all of my time and resources to whatever team I'm on and that community," Gonzalez said, adding he would like to give back to the community and two charities - the American Cancer Society and Arrupe, a program run at St. Ignatius High School.

The Chargers would love to acquire Gonzalez but are in a difficult spot to do so. There is no way he will last until the end of round two, meaning the team would have to spend its first-round pick on him It's debatable whether Gonzalez is deserving of such a high selection, a debate which won't be settled until draft day.


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