Scouting the Big East: Boston College

This week we start to break down the top pro-prospects of the Big East; a conference that includes the present National Champions, a program that had five players in last April's first round, and a league that put a total of seven players in the initial frame.

Boston College Eagles

Tom O'Brien has done a solid job putting together a competitive team in Chestnut Hill and the program could potentially break-through this season if things fall into place. As usual the Eagles offer top-flight line prospects, a solid quarterback with a few skill players sprinkled in.

Though the quarterback will get the headlines the offensive line on this team offers more pro-prospects then any other unit. Center Dan Koppen, a tough, slug-it-out pivot man, plays with intelligence, strength and a nasty attitude. Impressive is the way he uses blocking angles and body positioning to wall off opponents or turn defenders out, opening up the middle for the run. Koppen is not overly athletic nor is he a space eater in the middle, all of which will push him into the later frames, but he is a solid center that has a future at the next level. Likewise Marc Parenteau is a hard-working guard efficient blocking for the run and pass but best in confined quarters and a borderline late round pick. The best of the bunch could well be underclassman Chris Snee, a dominant lineman that can play either guard position. Were he three-inches taller Snee would be a knockout prospect at tackle as he destroys the opposition, driving defenders off the line of scrimmage, removing them from the play. Though not a "nimble" blocker he displays the skill needed to get out ahead and annihilate opposing linebackers or even block moving laterally. Snee is definitely one to watch for the future. Another solid underclassman on our radar screen is Sean Ryan, a former defensive lineman slowly turning into a complete tight end. Ryan is a terrific blocker that easily handles one-on-one assignments for the run or in pass protection, while also being an efficient target in the short field. Not a burner or one that'll make plays in the defensive backfield, he is a solid contributor for the offense in the short field. Signal caller Brian St. Pierre is an accurate passer that makes good decisions in the pocket and does a fine job running the offense. An athletic thrower that easily gets outside to the outside making positive plays on the move, St. Pierre does a terrific job leading targets with his passes or placing the deep ball in front of receivers, letting them run to it. Tough and smart, St. Pierre could move into the top 90 picks if he comes out of pre-draft events such as the combine or Senior Bowl displaying any sort of fast ball or arm strength. Receiver Jamal Burke has a lot of physical skills to be considered at the next level but must become more involved in the offense and prove next year he can handle the duties of a number one wide out.

On defense they may not have the same impact or potential, but still offer a few players to watch. Antonio Garay did a great job returning from a nkee injury last year to have a productive junior campaign. Garay is a hard-working defensive end with an excellent head on his shoulders. A former wrestler, Garay is strong at the point of attack, defeating blocks and is rarely off his feet. Garay is a left defensive end that can play in either a one or two-gap system and could even be considered at tackle. He's not overly explosive or fast, which will push him down boards a bit and his health and the pre-draft exam results on the injury suffered in '00, plus the neck surgery he recently had, will dictate much of where he ultimately winds up on draft weekend. Junior Doug Goodwin reminds us a lot of Chris Hovan to this point in his career; an explosive lineman possessing a lightning quick first step off the snap and relentless motor. Like Hovan he is also a little undersized (remember, Hovan was a slim 245-pounds as a sophomore). Playing low with leverage, Goodwin displays a great burst of closing speed, which enables him to make a lot of plays up the field. Goodwin is short and stout but can move laterally and will be effective if placed next to a wide body when he eventually plays at the next level. Ralph Parent is a solid free safety that does not make mental mistakes and keeps the action in front of him. If his head is into it (there was some talk he would leave for the draft last year or even the program altogether, which would've been a disaster) Parent is a serviceable player as is corner Trevor White should he cut down on lapses.

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