2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Anthony Castonzo

  • Very intelligent with good technique
  • Mirrors defenders well
  • Athletic and agile
  • Gets to second level
  • Would excel in zone-blocking scheme
  • Durable 4-year starter – three at left tackle
  • High character

  • Needs to put on a little weight
  • Has to improve run blocking
  • Powerful bull-rushers are a problem
  • Must get stronger
  • Footwork only average

    Summary: Anthony Castonzo hails from Offensive Line U. OK, no one really calls Boston College that, but maybe they should. The school is a factory for NFL linemen and obviously the coaching is a big part of that.

    On this note, Castonzo uses finesse and technique to his advantage. His upside is in adding a few pounds and more strength. This would make him a better run blocker and more able to slow down powerful NFL rushers.

    Off the field, Castonzo has thought beyond his pro career even before it has started. He plans to pursue cancer research, inspired by teammate Mark Herzlich who has beaten cancer himself.

    Player Comparison: Sam Baker. The connection here isn’t based on their Combine results because the only thing Baker did was the bench press, but his total (28) matched Castonzo’s for what that is worth. Neither player is fleet of foot and both had four years of starting experience. Baker was considered a great zone-blocking scheme fit coming out, needing to bulk up, and the same now applies to Castonzo.


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