Character guys worth considering
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With Pacman Jones and Chris Henry dominating the headlines, let's look at some of the talented players in this draft who would also be described as great "character" guys, and where they might be drafted.
Anthony Gonzalez: I am a big believer in the Ohio State receiver. Gonzalez told us that the interview process was humbling, meeting with so many football savvy people.
The football world likes Gonzalez, who has a great football IQ and has tested well on every mental challenge administered by coaches and general managers.
He was a team leader for the Buckeyes. Nobody worked harder or practiced longer than Gonzalez.
We expect Gonzalez to be a late first round pick or early second rounder. Gonzalez has great hands, shows no fear, and makes tough catches over the middle.
He is a Bill Belichick type of player, and Gonzalez had a great meeting with New England, though the Pats might be out of the receiver business after this offseason. Miami and San Francisco could be waiting if he gets to round two.
Zach Miller: He is the most versatile tight end in this draft. He loves catching passes, and has very good hands, but knows how valuable it is to block.
It will be tough to find a more focused player in the weight room or practice field. In talking to Miller this week, he told us that he prides himself on his versatlity. He has lined up as a tight end, fullback and tailback.
Miller is a late first-round, early second-round pick. He tells us he had a great meeting with the Chicago Bears. Carolina and Cincy are also possibilities.
Josh Wilson: Wilson defines "good character" in every possible way. He was given the 2005 Iron Terp award by his teammates for being the club's workout warrior.
He's also a very serious student who says his classroom focus comes from his mother, who always insisted studies came before football. I guess the message stuck. He won the Jim Tatum award as the top football student-athlete in the ACC.
You can tell how intelligent he is and how focused he is when you talk to him. On the field, Wilson is a burner. He's one of the fastest players in the 2007 draft and can make a Devin Hester-like impact immediately as a returner.
While just 5-foot-9, he had incredible success against top receivers in college.
Wilson is a strong second-round pick. He'll be under consideration for the Saints, Jets, Chargers, Dolphins, Titans, Rams and Bengals.
The guard/tackle was an unquestioned team leader for Mack Brown's Longhorns the last four years.
Blalock has the all-time UT record for consecutive starts and his play and work ethic helped him become team captain last season.
Brown has raved about how easy it is for Blalock to pick up the game with his smarts.
Blalock tells us that he is being looked at as both a guard and right tackle.
He says one of his favorite meetings was with Eric Mangini, where he was peppered with cerebral type tests.
Blalock visited the Ravens and Redskins this week. The Jets, Bears, Cardinals, and Browns could be calling for this late first-, early second-round pick.
At Auburn, the guard was known for his work ethic. Grubbs is a football junkie who prides himself on leadership, hard work, dedication and winning.
He is a very good athlete who can likely play right away and solidify the guard position for many years. He'll be on the radar for Kansas City, Dallas, Chicago and Baltimore in the first round.
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