Thursday, February 21, 2013

The pre-Combine consensus on BC's three prospects

The NFL Combine kicks off this week and three BC players have a chance to make a name for themselves. After our disappointing season, I was surprised that our three seniors Emmett Cleary, Chris Pantale and John Wetzel even earned invites. More accomplished BC guys have been snubbed in the past. But even with the Combine opportunity, none of the three Eagles are sure to get drafted. All will need to use this time to change perception or get one or two teams to fall in love with them. Here is what the experts are critiquing prior to their workouts.

Emmett Cleary

WEAKNESSES Must gain additional strength in his lower body in an NFL weight program, usually widens to anchor but can get put on his heels by better power rushes if losing the hand battles. Not the quickest of feet. Height gives him some stiffness running in the open field, also makes him vulnerable to slipping off blocks or overextending after initial contact.

Chris Pantale 

BOTTOM LINE The Eagles’ starting tight end has not accumulated tremendous production throughout his career. While this is definitely in part due to the offense he played in, he does not profile as a great receiver at the next level. However, he should be a solid pass catcher, who also possesses a strong blocking mentality.

John Wetzel

STRENGTHS Tall and thick throughout his frame that gives him great strength as a run-blocker. Explodes from a three-point stance, making him tough for tackles to hold their ground when he crashes the edge and making him capable of taking out linebackers at the second level. Strong punch, consistent in his aiming point. When balanced and patient in pass protection, extends his long arms and move his feet well enough to eclipse small rush ends -- and pulling off a bull rush against him is extremely difficult because of his strong anchor.


blist said...

Montel is a BC grad -- we gotta claim him too!

mod34b said...

"I was surprised that our three seniors Emmett Cleary, Chris Pantale and John Wetzel even earned invites"

Me too, especially when u consider how awful our OL was in 2012.

I will guess Wetzel has the best chance - last round/UDFA.

NEDofSavinHill said...

Espn is reporting that it will retain the broadcast rights for the BE and pay each school about $2 mil per year. If this is so why would Cinncy and UConn stay in that league? Why not join the B-Ball seven who are starting their own league and go independent in football. Each b-ball team will get $3 mil per year from Fox. So joining in all sports save football and you are ahead one mil even if you generate no income in football .As an independent you may have great leverage in scheduling. 2.If the Big 12, Pac 12 and Acc were to start their own network alliance many attractive contests could be arranged between the Alliance teams and independents as well as the MWC (schools not controlled by an Espn contract).Each Pac 12 and Big 12 school could schedule two games yearly against the MWC. Each Acc school could play two games against independents( Cinncy, UConn , Army, NM St. etc.) All of these games could be away games for the Alliance thus outside the Fox or Espn contracts. This would provide 72 games for the new network. If you could get ND to play a couple of times on the Alliance broadcast it would enhance it's value. A Cinncy home game vs. VT could be played at Fed Ex. A UConn home game at Met Life vs. Syracuse could be done. The Alliance network could top the Sec and Big 10 networks in value.