Scouting Report: Anthony Castonzo
This is my annual attempt at being Mel Kiper or Todd McShay. I'll cover the big names and the likely BC free agents. Today's profile is Anthony Costanzo.
In a few hours Anthony Castonzo will be a first-round draft pick. The only real questions surrounding his night are: will he be the first offensive lineman selected and which team will draft him. As it has been written repeatedly, Castonzo's path from skinny Ivy League prospect/prep school project to BC cornerstone is one of the many reasons you can't put too much weight into the size and abilities of teenagers. But will Castonzo's transition to the NFL be as smooth as his transition to college?
The pro scouts love Castonzo's footwork and frame. They question his ability to handle power players. I found that somewhat contrary to his actual college experience. If anything Castonzo had challenges with speedy guys. Rarely did he ever get overpowered at the college level, especially by a bullrush on the passer.
An ideal setup would be a team that runs a zone scheme. But we know enough that he can transition to a more diverse scheme.
AC has already grown and bulked up in his time at BC. Can he get much bigger and maintain his mobility? Will he ever get the desired strength the NFL wants? I actually think he will be fine. A track record of hardwork should keep him prepared for whatever comes his way. Any limitations on strength can be somewhat managed with good feet and hands.
Various teams are buzzing about Castonzo. Names like the Lions and Giants come up over and over. I think it would be interesting to see him in Detroit as a bookend with Cherilus. Regardless of where he ends up, OLine U will have another big moment tonight.