NFL Draft '07: Scouting Boston College 

Were it not for a late season loss at the hands of North Carolina, the Eagles would have made an appearance in the inaugural ACC title game last year. An underrated team, Boston College is stacked with talent that will impact the draft for years to come. 

Junior quarterback Matt Ryan compiled a 5-0 record last season and the athletic passer offers outstanding upside for the next level.  Possessing an NFL arm, Ryan throws a nice deep out and accurately places passes for his receivers.  Making smart decisions in the pocket, he is a promising prospect.  Boston College has a pair of the NFL prospects at running back that nicely compliment each other.  L. V. Whitworth is a strong ball carrier very tough to bring down.  Patient, he waits for blocks to develop and carries defenders several yards.  He has potential for a power running game in the NFL.  Andre Callender would start for most college programs as BC's back-up is a shifty ball carrier with terrific quickness.  Also a solid pass catcher, he projects as a third-down back in the NFL.  The program consistently puts quality offensive linemen into the NFL and three starters next season are all good prospects.  Guard Josh Beekman is an explosive blocker who plays with good fundamentals and a nasty attitude.  He has first day potential in ‘07.  James Marten is an underrated guard and a big bodied lineman best in a small area.  He will be used at left tackle this season and a good campaign will elevate Marten's draft stock.  Junior Gosder Cherilus is an excellent position blocker at right tackle and a lineman with growth potential.  Staying square, he blocks with forward lean and makes good use of angles.  

Though the team lost talent on the defensive side of the ball, most notably first round selection Mathias Kiwanuka, they still have a host of NFL prospects.  Junior defensive tackle B.J. Raji is an explosive lineman on the inside and a quick plugger built for the nose.  Playing with leverage, he displays excellent first step quickness but needs to improve the details of the position to complete his game.  Linebacker Brian Toal is another underclassmen on the radar screen of NFL scouts.  A disciplined defender, Toal is forceful up the field and plays with a good degree of intelligence.  Occasionally lined up as a fullback in short yardage situations he lacks top sideline-to-sideline range and is really best in a straight line.  The team has five prospects in the secondary to keep an eye on.  Kevin Akins is a nice sized multipurpose defensive back who shows skill at safety and cornerback.  Only a sophomore, he offers terrific upside.  Junior DeJuan Tribble is an effective zone cornerback who can also be used backed off the line scrimmage.  Safety Jamie Silva is another junior to watch and a hard-hitting run defender who likes physical contact.  Seniors Larry Anam and Ryan Glasper round out this group and are likely late round picks or free agents in ‘07.

Boston College Prospect List

 Name Pos Year #
Kevin Akins CB 3So 7
Larry Anam S 5Sr 9
Josh Beekman G 5Sr 75
Andre Callender RB 4Jr 32
Gosder Cherilus T 4Jr 78
Jolonn Dunbar OLB 4Jr 40
Ryan Glasper S 4Sr 24
James Marten G 5Sr 70
B.J. Raji DT 3Jr 90
Matt Ryan QB 4Jr 12
Jamie Silva S 4Jr 44
Brian Toal OLB 3Jr 16
DeJuan Tribble CB 3Jr 27
L.V. Whitworth RB 4Jr 30

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