'Boys Also Checking On Big 10 Prospect

TheRanchReport.com brings you the latest on the Dallas Cowboys and their 2007 draft plans. Could this fast-rising prospect from the Big Ten get a hard look Saturday?

In the weeks leading up to this year's draft, the Dallas Cowboys visited extensively with Ohio State wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, TheRanchReport.com has learned.

Several other teams have also shown heavy interest in Gonzalez in the first round, including Indianapolis, Chicago and San Diego.

The Cowboys are believed to be interested in drafting a wide receiver with their first pick in Saturday's draft. Among the other receivers Dallas has shown interest include USC's Dwayne Jarrett, LSU's Dwayne Bowe, Tennessee wide out Robert Meachem and South Carolina's Sidney Rice.

Dallas has not drafted an offensive player with its first pick since 1997.

Gonzalez, who caught 51 passes for 734 yards and eight touchdowns last season for the Buckeyes, is currently ranked as the No. 8 overall receiver available in this year's draft according to Scout.com.

The Cowboys used their first round draft pick last year on a former Ohio State standout- LB Bobby Carpenter.

Anthony Gonzalez Scouting Report
Bio: All-Conference selection last season, his first as a full-time starter. Finished with 51/734/8 after 28 catches as a sophomore.

Pos: Smart, athletic receiver with a polished game. Plays with outstanding balance, body control and makes the reception without breaking stride. Extends to grab the ball away from his frame, takes a big hit, yet holds onto the pass. Displays outstanding focus and concentration, and gets vertical to make the difficult reception in a crowd. Intelligent, finds the soft spot in the defense and consistently gets separation from opponents. Works routes displaying quickness and adjusts to the errant throw.

Neg: Does not show the speed to be a true deep threat.

Final: Productive college receiver who consistently elevated his game, Gonzalez nicely projects as a second or third wide out at the next level.

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