Anthony Castonzo and Mark Herzlich headline BC pro day
|03.23.11 at 3:18 pm ET|
Offensive lineman Anthony Castonzo and linebacker Mark Herzlich headlined a group of almost 40 area college football prospects who worked out at Boston College pro day on Wednesday afternoon under the practice bubble at Alumni Stadium.
Under the watchful eye of scouts and coaches from 17 different teams — including Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia — prospects from Boston College, Harvard, UMass, Holy Cross and UNH, as well as several other schools were put through a series of drills, including the 40-yard dash, 3-cone drill, shuttle runs and blocking and receiving drills.
Castonzo, believed by many to be one of the best — if not the best — offensive tackle in this year’s draft — spent much of his time getting some hands-on work with Scarnecchia and Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty. Afterward, he said he was happy with the way things turned out.
“I think it went real well,” said Castonzo, who measured 6-foot-7 and 313 pounds on Wednesday. “It was just about what I expected. The coaches kind of let us know that it was going to be pretty intense work in a short amount of time, and we just got through everything.”
Castonzo was noncommittal about who he has spoken to, but did acknowledge that he has talked with the Patriots. He certainly sounded happy for the chance to work with Scarnecchia.
“He was coaching us up,” Castonzo said. “It was like a practice. It wasn’t like he was running us through drills, it was like he was actually coaching us. It was nice. I actually learned some stuff today.”
As for Herzlich, he remains one of the most inspirational stories in college football the last few seasons. The linebacker battled cancer, but after missing the entire 2009 season, returned to the field last fall and played all 13 games in 2010, finishing third on the team with 65 tackles and 50 solo stops.
“Things went well. … I felt good — I think that’s the biggest thing. I think position drills went well too,” Herzlich said after a workout that ran for more than two hours. “I feel great, health-wise. That’s something I am positive about. I have no issues right now. I’ve been checked out by 32 team physicians and a bunch of other doctors, and I’m fine.”
As for local connections, Herzlich sounds like he’d welcome the chance to continue playing in New England.
“I know about the Patriots from TV and ESPN, and from what I know, they have a great system, a great work ethic, great coaches. A lot like Boston College,” he said. “But it’s all about getting into the right system and making whatever system I go to work.”
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