'06 NFL Draft Watch: Boston College

A team that consistently shows up in the post season, Boston College now moves to the ACC and a better level of competition. Historically the program has placed talent throughout the seven rounds of the NFL draft and occasionally puts a player into the early reaches of the process. This will happen once again next April. 

Scouting the ACC : Boston College 

The program is known for putting good, consistent offensive lineman into the NFL and the present roster as a trio of blockers to keep an eye on.  Senior tackle Jeremy Trueblood is a large, nasty lineman effective in a small area.  Powerful at the point, Trueblood easily dominates the opposition once engaged in the block and pancakes opponents, removing them from the action.  Cognizant and aware on the field, he is also technically sound.  Lacking adjustment, speedy edge rushers exploit Trueblood and his best position at the next level will be right tackle.  Center Patrick Ross is a hard working lineman effective as a position blocker.  Quarterbacking the offensive line, he immediately picks up assignments and stays with the action.  Ross is not dominant at the point of attack and has trouble opening up the middle of the field.  He is a late round selection and backup at the next level.  Junior James Marten dominates the opposition and is a solid future prospect.  Exploding off the snap Marten jolts defenders and seals them from the action.  Getting movement from run blocks he also anchors at the point in pass protection.  Not overly effective in space, Marten lacks top footwork and skill blocking in motion.  Tight end Chris Miller moves into the starting lineup and is a well-rounded player with size and skill.  A draftable prospect, he needs productive and consistent results as a senior.  Quarterback Quinton Porter, a nice sized pocket passer with an NFL arm, returns after sitting on the sidelines last season.  Possessing the physical skills to play in the NFL, Porter must display good decision-making and accuracy on the field to get serious consideration in April's draft.  The team has a pair of sophomore running backs to watch starting with L.V. Whitworth.  A strong ball carrier who falls forward when tackled, Whitworth is a solid receiver out of the backfield and an effective blocking in pass protection.  Andre Callender is more elusive yet smaller and may not be in every down back at the next level.  

The past three seasons Mathias Kiwanuka has been one of our favorite players and highest rated pro prospects.  A sensational athlete, Kiwanuka is an explosive and disruptive force on the field, making plays in every direction.  Tough to handle, he is fast off the edge or in pursuit and has the ability to be used in space.  Omnipresent Kiwanuka is the defender opponent's consistently game plan around and a player who creates a lot of disruption.  Kiwanuka would've been a top seven selection in last April's draft yet his decision to return to Boston College for another year could return high dividends.  While some contend he is more of a "'tweener" because of his tall, thin build, we would argue that any team passing up this prospect during the initial three picks of next April's draft is making the same mistake as the franchises who let Jevan Kearse and Terrell Suggs slide by.  Linebacker Ray Henderson is a heady defender who does an outstanding job reading or anticipating the action.  Working hard, Henderson displays a burst of speed yet is undersized and lacks top skills in coverage.  Will Blackmon is one of the better cornerbacks in the nation and has been a productive player the past three years.  Possessing a burst of speed, Blackmon has excellent ball skills and does a good job recognizing the action.  Quarterbacks consistently look away from Blackmon as he always seems to defend the pass.  Not physical in run defense, Blackmon gives a large cushion in coverage.  This season Blackmon will be used at wide receiver and must come up big in post-season All-Star games like the Senior Bowl if he's to be a first round cornerback next April.  

Boston College Prospect List

Name Pos # Yr
Will Blackmon CB 1 4Sr
Andre Callender RB 32 3So
Ray Henderson OLB 3 5Sr
Mathias Kiwanuka DE 94 5Sr
James Marten G 70 4Jr
Chris Miller TE 88 5Sr
Quinton Porter QB 15 5Sr
Pat Ross C 66 5Sr
Jeremy Trueblood T 72 4Sr
L.V. Whitworth RB 30 3So


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