Year in and year out in the NFL draft there are solid offensive lineman. Specifically ones which will become standout players in the NFL game. Some of those players will be on their respected teams for over a decade. They are offensive lineman, a special group of talented players that protect and drive the force of the front lines of the offense.
Anthony Castonzo fits the prototypical well built and durable offensive tackle NFL teams dream of. He is one of the top lineman in this years class. And to have a special tackle like Castonzo on your team and selecting him in the first round usually has more reward and then it does risk.
Castonzo stands at 6’7” and weighed in at 311 pounds. He will become a very good NFL player on the offensive line of the team that drafts him. He will also make any offensive unit better for many years to come by providing the right protection for quarterbacks and running backs alike.
In a year with many solid offensive tackles, he may shine above all others in the NFL because Castonzo is ready to start right away.
He is extremely intelligent, steady, long armed, and a very dependable tackle with tremendous versatility to make a play on either side of the line. He’s not a flashy player by any means, but shows great technique as a pass protector. Castonzo has great balance and body control. The NFL team he plays for will love his willingness to improve and grow as a player.
Castonzo does have some minor flaws he can improve on like all NFL prospects. He has a tendency to struggle with leverage at times because of his height and when he plays too high his effectiveness drops significantly. He is susceptible to bull rushes for this reason and while he mirrors speed rushes very well if a defensive end gets under his pads they can drive him back at times. To prevent this in the NFL he will need to become a stronger player. Furthermore he needs to improve on his run-blocking where he struggles against larger defensive lineman in the NFL. In a game against Clemson, defensive lineman Da’Quan Bowers beat him to the inside once with a swim move.
However, when it came down to it, he knew what teams were looking from attending the combine where Castonzo couldn't get enough of the interview process . As a passionate prospect he relished the opportunity to talk football with some of the NFL's great head coaches, and he was one of the rare athletes who was stress-free throughout the process. Even joking around with them by holding his ground, he was simply superb.
With his measurables he shined as well as an offensive lineman. Castonzo was the best performer in two categories the 3 cone drill and the 20 yard shuttle. Adding to that Castonzo recorded 28 reps on the bench press and posted a time of 5.23 seconds in the 40-yard dash on Saturday. His stellar performance earned him praise by both analyses and team scouts.
In his Pro-day many teams were out there to see him shine again and really get an idea of what they are getting with this great offensive tackle. Castonzo ran through the position drills well and acknowledge he met with the Patriots and Giants among other teams in attendance.
Castonzo's best fit in the NFL would be with the Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and New York Giants which all need a solid tackle like him to improve their line and strengthen their offense unit.
Castonzo has the size, strength and footwork needed to succeed in the NFL. Come Thursday night in Radio City Music Hall he will most likely be one of the top 25 prospects selected in the first round of the draft.