Scouting the Big East: Boston College

The Eagles suffered through a disappointing campaign last season, one in which the seniors did not play up to expectations. The end result was only three Eagles drafted in the very late rounds. The senior talent this year is not that great but BC has several knockout underclassmen to watch

All last year Chris Snee was our number one rated guard and we figure the situation to be the same this season. Snee, a dominating force that destroys opponents, plays with power, athleticism, and intelligence. With the ability to be used in several offensive schemes, Snee could be a top 32 pick when he eventually enters the draft.

Sean Ryan is one of the more complete tight ends in the nation. A former defensive lineman, Ryan plays with a nasty attitude and is a dominant blocker for the running game or in pass protection. For the most part he's reliable catching the ball but is not a tight end that makes plays down the field.

Running back Derek Knight is a tough little runner that plays much bigger than his size but lacks the great speed one wants in a back not even 210-pounds. Knight's hands are adequate and he'll get looks as a third down back.

Fullback Greg Toal has a lead blocker's mentality and jolts opponents at the point but cannot finish off defenders. Augie Hoffman is an efficient college blocker with limited upside for the next level.

Anyone who follows college football is familiar with the story of Doug Goodwin, an explosive defensive tackle who was seemingly headed into the draft last year until a hip injury ended his season. Goodwin's first step off the snap is reminiscent of another former Eagle, Chris Hovan…but the comparison ends there. Hovan developed into a terror on the inside, and while Goodwin gives top effort, he lacks the bulk or strength of Hovan. Goodwin has a lot to overcome this season and needs a big campaign to jump into the top 64 picks. In many ways he reminds us of former FSU Seminole Jerry Johnson.

Red-shirt sophomore, Mathis Kiwanuka is a player to watch. A tremendous athlete with great range, Kiwanuka plays with excellent speed, balance, and intensity. He needs to bulk up and add strength but more than anything else, he just needs repetition. If he hits his uppermost level, Kiwanuka will be a high pick.

Tom Martin is a hard working lineman that can be used at tackle or end; linebacker Josh Ott flies around the football but needs good post-season workouts to be anything other than a late round pick; and safety Paul Cook needs a big campaign to move into the mix.

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