|Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College|
|Four-year starter, the past three at left tackle. Decent athleticism; played tight end in high school. Shows the necessary quickness to play left tackle in the pros. Excels in pass protection. Showed steady improvement throughout his career.|
|Doesn’t have a great overall build. Came to BC as a 260 pound tight end, so he’s added a lot of weight already but could add some more. Lacks the explosiveness to be a great run blocker. Not a finisher; does a nice job holding off defenders but rarely dominates them.|
|Castonzo is a nice prospect with the potential to start at left tackle but there are legitimate concerns about his strength. He’s a tall, lanky guy and just lacks the brute strength necessary to slow down some of the more powerful pass rushers in the NFL. Few players have his athleticism and size, so someone may role the dice in the late 1st round, but I would wait until at least the 2nd. He has a long way to go before he’s ready to be a great NFL player, and there is a decent chance that he ends up a complete bust.|
Von Miller vs Ryan Kerrigan
There aren’t many elite 3-4 pass rushers in this year’s draft class, which is typically one of the most sought-after positions early in the draft. Both Miller and Kerrigan are capable of playing outside in the 3-4 scheme and a number of teams could be in the market for them in the 1st round. Both players grade out very close and this could be an opportunity for one to get the upper hand.
Jake Locker vs Ricky Stanzi
Talent-wise, there’s no comparing Locker and Stanzi (Locker wins easily). Production-wise there’s also no comparing them (Stanzi wins easily). If Locker plays up to his full potential, this should be his opportunity to reclaim his consensus 1st-round grade. However, if he is out-played by Stanzi – who plays with a similar style and has a comparable skill set – Locker is almost certain to fall out of the 1st round.
Gabe Carimi vs Anthony Castonzo vs DeMarcus Love
Do we have a left tackle in this group? All three are fringe 1st-round prospects and what holds them back is the question about their position. None of the three have the elite athleticism you look for in a left tackle, but all three had productive careers on the left side in college. Seeing all three on the same field will help clear up the picture as to who has a legitimate case to be a 1st-round pick.
Mike Pouncey vs Ben Ijalana vs Rodney Hudson
Who is the top interior lineman in Mobile? Entering this week I give a slight edge to Ijalana, but we have yet to see him face elite competition. With a solid week Ijalana could become a potential 1st-round prospect, much like Mike Iupati used the Senior Bowl as a spring board last year. However, Pouncey and Hudson will have that same opportunity. All three have different body builds and are very different players, making this an interesting competition to watch. [updated: Mike Pouncey has elected not to participate].