Boston College will host its Pro Day on Wednesday, as 11 former Eagles will look to add to their stock ahead of next month’s draft. The on-field workouts will take place inside the bubble in Alumni Stadium.
EagleInsider took a look at four players that have the best chance of landing on an NFL squad.
Mehdi Abdesmad - Defensive Line
After playing only seven games in the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Abdesmad’s 2015 campaign was good enough for the defensive lineman to earn All-ACC honorable mention. The 6’6”, 284-pounder has an imposing size, but struggles with his pad level and struggles to use his hands well during pass protection. Abdesmad is a solid run-stopper with good upper body strength, but with his difficulties in passing situations and knee problems, NFL teams might be wary of taking the Canadian-born rusher. He needs a good pro day to boost his stock.
Connor Wujciak - Defensive Line
Wujciak was projected as a seventh or eighth-round pick, but posted solid numbers at the combine including a 4.91 40-yard dash and a 34.5 vertical. After putting up an All-ACC first team season last fall on the nation’s top-ranked defense, the 6’2”, 291-pound nose tackle has done everything he can to prove he’s NFL ready. The biggest problem for the lineman is his size, as most lineman have a couple inches on Wujciak as well as longer arms. But the New Jersey-native told NJ.com that he thinks his biggest strength is his toughness. "I'm going to play hard every play," he said.
There are many talented defensive linemen in this year’s draft, but if Wujciak can show off his strength and grit at pro day, it could potentially put him in the fourth or fifth round.
Steven Daniels - Inside Linebacker
Steven Daniels is a run-stopper. The inside linebacker excels at stopping the running back and getting into the backfield, as the All-ACC second team nominee led the Eagles in tackles and was second in sacks. He posted a mediocre 4.86 40-yard dash and his ability in coverage is somewhat of an issue. Daniels could be a late round pick and work in
Justin Simmons - Defensive Back
Simmons is projected to be the first name called from Boston College in this year’s draft, as the lanky ball hawk helped force 10 turnovers in just 12 games last season. The defensive back excels in open space as a centerfielder and is able to cover ground quickly and get to the ball carrier in run situations. The 6’2”. 200-pounder excels at reading quarterbacks eyes and reading passing routes. The All-ACC second team nominee is a solid coverage defender and has experience as a corner. But Simmons excels in the safety roll, where he is able to use his size, skill, and speed to jump routes and make open-field tackles. He also excels in big games, as he had two interceptions against Notre Dame and two forced turnovers against Clemson.
Look for Simmons to go on the second or third day, as a weak defensive back field and Simmons’ talent will help his stock.