Last night didn’t exactly pan out as expected, but an Anthony Castonzo fan with no NFL bias has to be thrilled with the results. Obviously it would have been nice to see the Cowboys snatch up our boy in the top 10. Many fans would have liked to see the big fella in a Patriots or Giants uniform as well. When the G-men took Prince Amukamara with the 19th overall pick – in a great example of the “best player available” strategy – many BC fans started to sweat. Then the chiefs traded the number 21 pick to
* and there were legitimate concerns that Castonzo might slip to the second round. The Colts put an end to those worries, selecting AC with the 22nd overall pick. Cleveland
traded their initial number 6 pick to Cleveland who was trading up to take Julio Jones. On a very important side note, the idea of Matty Ice handing off to Michael Turner and throwing bombs to Roddy White and Julio Jones has me salivating already. Atlanta
I really don’t see how this could have worked out much better for Castonzo in regard to his development as a player. Obviously, the money would have been better had he been selected earlier, but in the long run, you’ve got to think Indianapolis is the best for him (save maybe New England). He’s going to one of the most successful teams in the AFC. They’re a perennial playoff team so one would imagine Castonzo will get great experience early in his career. Further, the Colts are in serious need of offensive line help. Castonzo can realistically come in right away and make an impact. Granted, he probably would have played right away for many of his other suitors. Regardless, AC will be thrown into the fire early just as he was at BC.
Lastly, for an offensive lineman in the NFL today there is no job more important than protecting Peyton Manning’s blind side. Castonzo will be working with arguably the greatest quarterback playing the game. Manning is absurdly good at reading defenses and making changes on the spot. Obviously this will present a lot of challenges up front for Castonzo, but you can’t ask for a better QB to learn from.
Many congratulations to Anthony Castonzo. He is the epitome of a BC guy and I look forward to watching as he continues to represent the Eagles with unparalleled class.
Now, who’s gonna take Herzy?