NFL Draft 2013 Preview: Boston College Prospects

Boston College Linebacker Nick Clancy is One of Four Eagles Looking to Be Drafted

Boston College Linebacker Nick Clancy is One of Four Eagles Looking for a Ticket to the NFL

Leading up to this month’s NFL Draft, we’ll be taking a look at each ACC‘s school’s prospects and where they’re slated to be chosen. While 50 ACC players were invited to the NFL Draft Combine, those not in attendance also have ample opportunity to hear their name called between April 25 through 27.

Boston College has obviously seen its fair share of rough patches these past few seasons, but the program continues to churn out NFL talent just the same. While this year’s crop of potential draftees won’t feature any first-round standouts, there’s still plenty of opportunity here for Eagles to hear their names called. As they anxiously await that moment a couple weeks from now, here’s where we see BC players falling in the draft:

Emmett Cleary, OT, Senior (Projected: Seventh Round)

Boston College has always been known for producing tough offensive linemen, so his inclusion at both the combine and the top of this list should not surprise anyone. Cleary’s an enormous 6’7″ and 316 pounds, while also running a 5.2 40-yard dash time. Though the Eagles’ 34 sacks against during the 2013 season certainly don’t help his case, it’s still tough to ignore his fantastic combination of size, strength, speed and smarts. He won’t be in line to start in the NFL right away, but whichever team takes a late flyer on him could end up well rewarded later on.

Nick Clancy, LB, Senior (Projected: Seventh Round)

Clancy was a puzzling absence from the NFL Draft Scouting Combine, especially given the quality of linebackers this system’s produced (hi, Luke Kuechly, defensive rookie of the year). And given the statistics Clancy put up during his senior year, it’s hard not to call it an oversight. In just 11 games, he recorded 145 tackles, with four tackles-for-loss and 10 defended passes. For a BC defense that was sorely lacking in real playmakers, Clancy stepped up as a leader, tallying huge numbers for a team that certainly need them. A player who built momentum as the season went along, he recorded 52 (!!!) of his tackles over his final three games — and all of this while being the focal point of offenses looking to remove him from the play.

John Wetzel, OT, Senior (Projected: Undrafted)

Though a bit slower than his cohort, Cleary, Wetzel is just as large with just as much upside, too. After spending three seasons mostly as a reserve, he’s got relatively fresh legs for a guy his age, and that could be a huge selling point as teams look for value in later rounds. Wetzel length and stride also been noted as big pluses for the player, who just 10 months ago failed to be on anyone’s radar. It’s no given that he’ll be drafted — this year’s overall class is loaded on the offensive line — but at worst, he will find himself in some team’s camp come July.

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Northwestern vs. Boston College Preview Q&A with Major Onions

We Preview Saturday’s Boston College/Northwestern Game with B1G Blog, Major Onions

Always trying to expand our reach here at Atlantic Coast Convos, we made some new friends over at Major Onions, which focuses on Chicago sports, the Big Ten and the SEC. And given this weekend’s B1G/ACC battle between Northwestern and Boston College, I decided to have a Q&A with them on Saturday’s matchup. Editor-in-chief Keegan Goudie was great enough to answer some questions below (thanks, Keegan!), and be sure to head over there to see my thoughts on the game as well.

Which BC player most concerns you on Saturday?

Major Onions: Chase Rettig will obviously have all the pressure on him coming into the game. The big question will be whether that pressure remains during gameplay. Boston College has good size on the O-line, and the key will be making sure Rettig is comfortable in the pocket. The unit is led by left tackle Emmett Cleary (6-foot-7, 313 pounds), whom ironically I had the ‘pleasure’ of guarding my senior year football season (my back still isn’t the same). If Cleary and the rest of the Eagle’s O-line has a solid outing, Rettig will have plenty of time to tear up a weak Northwestern secondary.

After two games, it looks like Northwestern has a quarterback controversy on its hands. Any preference who comes out victorious?

MO: As Pat Fitzgerald said, “having two quarterbacks is a good problem to have”. From a program perspective, you have to call BS on a dual-QB system in the long-term. I think Pat Fitzgerald should be weary on making a harsh decision too early, but I think Trevor Siemian is making a statement for the starting job. His unforeseen ability to exceed in clutch and late moments of games is something you can’t teach. Those are what you look for in a program quarterback. His numbers aren’t overwhelming, but I don’t see why Fitzgerald doesn’t make him the BMOC at Northwestern.

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