Gridiron Gab 2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report – OT Anthony Costanzo

Anthony Costanzo, LT, Boston College, 6’7 295

Position Ranking: #2

Strengths: Costanzo is a high effort player who consistently shows good overall technique. Has sound fundamentals, well coached, and uses technique to gain leverage on opponents in the run game. Works to get inside hand placement and plays with consistent knee bend, playing balanced and disciplined. Ideal height and arm length for the position. He will extend arms at the snap and jolt oppenent with heavy hands. Puts himself in proper position to handle outside speed rush; good initial kick out in release to get depth in his pass protection. Shows enough quickness to consistently get to the second level and neutralize linebackers and safeties. Can pull and trap effectively to open running lanes inside with above-adequate quickness. Has enough foot quickness to re-direct on double moves in pass protection. Tough. Plays to the whistle. Good lateral quickness to angle block. Consistently plays over his pads.

Needs Improvement: Athleticism is only above-adequate. Won’t be able to drive opponents off the line of scrimmage with the same consistency unless size and strength improve. Not extremely quick off the snap, can be buckled back against athetic opponents with a good combination of quickness and strength; may always have trouble with elite edge rushers. Shows some trouble handling a quick initial inside move which may lead to holding calls and a loss of leverage. Will have trouble adjusting quickly in space against some NFL linebackers. Size and bulk must improve to be elite.

Bottom Line: A four year starter at Boston College, Anthony Costanzo is a coach’s dream and won’t make many bad decisions along the offensive line. He’s smart and is quick to recognize what an opponent hopes to do against him; very aware of stunts and loops. Costanzo’s effort will never be questioned as he’s a high character player in this regard, but isn’t extremely physical, nor does he play with a mean streak. Overall strength and athleticism won’t allow him to be the dominant player he was at times during his career at Boston College, and must improve to become an elite tackle in the NFL. Foot quickness isn’t impressive, but neither a detriment to his overall game. I feel Costanzo’s commitment to sound technique, along with his football intelligence will allow him to grow into a quality starting left tackle in the NFL, but he may need to begin his career at right tackle. Anthony Costanzo is the most technique savvy tackle in this draft class and won’t be available long once the selections start.

Draft Projection: Mid 1st to early 2nd round.

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