Scouting the Big East: Boston College

The Eagles have always been a competitive Big East program, finding its way into a mid-level bowl game then placing several solid prospects into the NFL draft. This usually includes a few first day picks. This season will be different as the team may be just marginally competitive yet the roster contains a top five draft selection for the future.

On offense there is not much to write home about. Boston College offers a pair of quarterback's, neither which are great prospects.  Paul Peterson is a solid college signal caller who lacks the size and arm strength for the next level while Quiton Porter has better measurables and physical skills but lacks playing repetition.  The Eagles have a trio of underclassmen blockers to keep an eye on.  Tackle Jeremy Trueblood is a nice sized blocker best in confined hunters yet a strong lineman effective opening holes for the running game.  Center Pat Ross is explosive on the pivot and a lineman with a bright future.  (Remember, Chris Snee was originally slated to play center last season before the rise of Ross).  Finally James Marten was used at tackle last season as a freshman but is being kicked inside to guard this year.  If there was a lineman who reminds us of Snee to this point in their college career it would be Marten. Tight end Dave Kashetta moves into the starting role after the departure of Sean Ryan and is a prospect that could jump out at scouts.

At this time last year we said in our Boston College preview that Mathias Kiwanuka was going to be a star in the future.  A tremendous athlete with great size and growth potential, Kiwanuka plays with explosion, strength and speed.  He displays the ability to chase the action from any angle and is outstanding not only rushing the passer but running from all directions of the field to pursue plays the flanks.  Kiwanuka has all the makings of an impact defensive player and could very well be the first pick in next April's draft.  On the other side Phillip Mettling is a hard working lineman that quickly gets off the ball and displays speed rushing the passer.  Best up the field, he is athletically limited and has only marginal size for the next level.  B.C. has a pair of junior defensive backs to keep an eye on including Will Blackmon, a solid cornerback that reminds many of Will Poole and hard hitting strong safety Jazzmen Williams, a small but tough defender.

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