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Anthony Castonzo on D&C: ‘I would be surprised’ if not a first-round pick

03.04.11 at 9:16 am ET
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Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo appeared on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning. Castonzo is projected to be a first-round pick in April’s NFL draft. He talked about that, as well as what the NFL combine experience was like. To the hear the entire view, visit the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Castonzo started by discussing last week’s combine and what that whole process was like.

“It was a great experience,” he said. “It was real hectic. I kind of got prepared for it when I went to the Senior Bowl just because that was really hectic, too. It was just, as soon as you finish one thing, you go right to the next. It’s a lot of, actually, mental stress, and then the last day is obviously the physical stress, just needing to put up the good numbers.”

Castonzo talked about what it was like to interview with so many different teams and what happened behind closed doors.

“The process is actually pretty cool,” he said. “You go into a room and you meet with probably 10 people who are sitting around — GMs, head coaches, O-line coaches, all the important people in a program. You meet for 15 minutes and then a horn blows and they’re like, ‘All right, we’ve got to let you go.’ And then you go to the next room. I actually did that, the 15 minutes of interviews, for three straight hours one night. That was an interesting experience.

“They just ask you about your family, about different things like what you need to work on technique-wise. A couple teams actually put up some film and had me analyze it. It was crazy.”

Castonzo said he did not meet the Patriots. He also said he would be surprised if he wasn’t a first-round pick. “After kind of what I’ve heard in the past, at the combine and just kind of what scouts and coaches have told, I would be surprised, yes,” Castonzo said.

He said he doesn’t know where in the first round he’ll be taken, though. “As far as where I’m going to go, I literally have absolutely no idea,” Castonzo said. “Everybody’s been showing interest, but they’re pretty coy about their level of interest. And there’s still two months before the draft, so there’s still a lot of things that need to be worked out. Nobody really said, ‘You’re our guy. We’re going to pick you if you’re there.’ ”Castonzo talked about some of the physical tests at the combine, too. He did 28 reps in the bench press, but Oregon State’s Stephen Paea did 49. Is that important?

“People call that basically a pass/fail,” Castonzo said. “As long as you get above a certain number, kind of like in the mid-20s, as long as you’re above there and show that you have the strength and that you can compete at that level, it’s fine. If you’re putting up 49, that’s just kind of freak strength. Twenty-eight was about average, what I was expecting.”

As the guys suspected, the Wonderlic test wasn’t much of a challenge for Castonzo, who’s a bio-chem major and has said he wants to cure cancer when he’s done playing football.

“I answered all 50 and I think there were three or four I wasn’t sure about,” he said. “So I’m looking at probably the high 40s, maybe that elusive 50, but probably in the high 40s.”

Castonzo also talked about teammate and linebacker Mark Herzlich and how Herzlich is dealing with being projected to be a fifth-rounder.

“Nothing really makes him mad any more because of the fact that he survived cancer,” Castonzo said. “Just the fact that he’s got the opportunity to go in the NFL draft and he’s got the opportunity to keep playing the game he loves, I think he thinks that whatever team drafts him is going to get a huge value pick, and I think the same thing. I mean, he played this entire last season having just got a rod put in his leg. Who knows how good he’s going to be in coming years?”

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