Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College Eagles
Anthony Castonzo possesses good size and the long arms to play the tackle position in the NFL. He demonstrated good footwork and movement throughout his career and at the NFL Scouting Combine. Castonzo also shows above-average agility and combined with good technique uses this to gain leverage on his opponents, although there are times at which he could get lower. He's been a starter since his freshman season at Boston College and has experience at both right and left tackle that makes him a versatile option for teams looking for a tackle. He's a smart player whose football IQ should help his draft stock as teams evaluate this year's potential first round tackles.
Teams may expect Castonzo to improve his lower body strength once he gets to the next level. He may have trouble holding his own against bull rushers and needs to work on gaining leverage off the snap. Robert Quinn was able to have success against Castonzo a couple of years ago when Boston College took on ACC rival North Carolina, which may have some concerned with his ability to handle speed rushers at the next level. He demonstrated nice athleticism and technique at the Combine, however, so some of those concerns should be quelled.
Castonzo was a team captain in 2010 and was a First Team All-ACC selection in 2009 and 2010, as well as a 2007 Freshman All-ACC Selection and a Freshman All-American. He started at right tackle as a true freshman before moving to the left side prior to his sophomore season. His experience will make him an attractive prospect entering this year's draft.
Potential NFL Team, Round
Costanzo should be picked up sometime in the first round. The debate as to who will be the first offensive tackle taken in this year's draft has come down to Castonzo, USC's Tyron Smith and Colorado's Nate Solder. Teams that could look for an offensive tackle in the first round this year are numerous and include the Dallas Cowboys (#9), Minnesota Vikings (#12), Detroit Lions (#13), New England Patriots (#17 and #28), San Diego Chargers (#18), New York Giants (#19), Kansas City Chiefs (#21), Indianapolis Colts (#22), Philadelphia Eagles (#23), Chicago Bears (#29) and Pittsburgh Steelers (#31).
Not all of the aforementioned teams will take a tackle, of course, and many expect just three or four tackles to come off the board in the first. There could always be a run on tackles, but even if just a few tackles are selected in round one, Castonzo should be one of them. He will probably come off the board somewhere between the Lions and the Eagles. Right now, speculation is that the Giants could look at Castonzo, because of head coach Tom Coughlin's connection to the Boston College; he is a former quarterbacks coach and head coach at the university.
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