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NFL Draft 2007 – Round 1 #32 – Indianapolis Colts – WR Anthony Gonzalez

The Indianapolis Colts, last year’s Super Bowl champions, have selected Ohio State wide receiver Anthony Gonzales with the 32nd and final pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.

At 6 hours, 20 minutes, this was the longest 1st round in history.

What the Experts Say:

It’s odd that Gonzalez didn’t make Kiper’s board, let alone the top 50, given how much I’ve heard about him this offseason.


Taking a defensive player like Penn State OLB Paul Posluszny makes a little more sense here. However, the departure of Brandon Stokley means Indianapolis needed a No. 3 receiver and Gonzalez should slide right into that role. Though Gonzalez isn’t as explosive as Ohio State teammate Ted Ginn Jr. and he doesn’t return kicks either he is the more complete receiver. He runs crisp routes, he isn’t afraid to go over the middle and he doesn’t drop passes he should catch. It doesn’t hurt that he is a hard worker who will learn the pro game from Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne either.

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