When you think about the type of players that the Indianapolis Colts have on their team, it shouldn't have been surprising to see them add Ohio State wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez to their lineup with their first pick in the NFL draft.
Not only did the Colts need a fearless slot receiver following the release of
Brandon Stokley, they needed someone mature and focused enough to accept the
challenge of becoming a starter in his rookie season. And when you listen to
Gonzalez talk, you can tell by both his words and his demeanor that he possesses
those traits--and the character that the team likes to project off the field.
"What I hope to bring is consistency and reliability and accountability--on the field, off the field, wherever," he said during his interview at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this year. "I want to be the type of person that coaches and fans and the media knows that when he comes to a situation ... this is what we expect out of him and he's a consistent person, so we believe that that's what he'll do. That's how I've tried to approach everything in life, really. I want to be as consistently good as possible."
Gonzalez is refreshingly open about his outlook on the game, his assessment of his own skills and on life in general. A solidly-grounded family man, he told the media that he's not concerned about being under the spotlight and having people put his life under a microscope, because he doesn't have anything to hide.
"To be honest, I don't care if people know everything about me," he said. "I've always been a very open person when it comes to pretty much anything in my life."
Scout.com subscribers can listen to Anthony describe how he thinks his style of play will fit in the NFL, the goal he had going into the draft regarding the type of team he wanted to end up with, the hardest part of the entire pre-draft process for him and more in this 5-minute audio clip from our Scout.com team that was on site at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Just click the link below: