Boston College Pro Day: Anthony Castonzo, Mark Herzlich Preform For NFL Scouts

Anthony Castonzo and Mark Herzlich hit the field at Alumni Stadium for one final time on Wednesday to take part in the annual Boston College NFL draft-eligible workout, commonly know as Pro Day. Read more at BC Interruption.

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Mark Herzlich's Pro Day: Health A Non-Issue For Senior Linebacker

CHESTNUT HILL - Mark Herzlich is coming off his first full season back from his year-long battle with Ewing's Sarcoma. Naturally, the path to recovery was a long one for Herzlich, but as of Wednesday, the senior linebacker from Boston College said that his health is a non-issue.

"I feel great health wise," said Herzlich, who participated in workouts at the annual Boston College Pro Day on Wednesday at Alumni Stadium. "That's something that I am positive about. I've been checked up by 32 team physicians and a bunch of other doctors."

Herzlich took part in many drills during the workout, including the 40-yard dash and the three-cone drill to name two.

"They went well," said Herzlich when asked about his drills. "I haven't seen any times or anything. I felt good, and that's the biggest thing."

While no official times were released, I was able to clock one of Mark Herzlich's 40-yard dashes at 4.89 seconds. Herzlich also ran the 40-yard dash in the high 4.8 to mid 4.9 range at the 2011 NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Once considered one of the nation's top collegiate linebackers, Herzlich is not projected to be drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The jury is out as to where Herzlich will be drafted and which team will select him, but that's not something he is worried about one bit.

"I don't know, that's a question for my agent," Herzlich said. "I don't know yet. I purposely don't go on the websites, on the TVs because its added pressure. I guess we'll find out April 28th, 29th and 30th."

Regardless, the fact that Herzlich is back to full health and even being considered in the NFL Draft is utterly remarkable based on the life-threatening disease he had to overcome.

"It has been a long road," Herzlich said. "I don't even think about it like that right now because it seems like its so far in my past even though I'm only a year removed from treatment. I'm excited about where I am right now, and I'm looking to get better."


Anthony Castonzo's Pro Day: 'Just About What I Expected'

CHESTNUT HILL - Anthony Castonzo was one of nine seniors from Boston College that participated in the school's annual Pro Day on Wednesday afternoon in the bubble at Alumni Stadium.

"It was just about what I expected," said Castonzo, whose official times and results were not released. "The coaches kind of let us know this would be a pretty intense short amount of time."

Castonzo, a 6'7", 311-pound offensive lineman, ran the 40-yard dash in 5.23 seconds at the 2011 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition, he had the second best time in the three-cone drill (7.25 seconds) and recorded the third-best time in the 20-yard shuttle (4.40 seconds) for offensive lineman.

In SB Nation's latest mock draft, Castonzo is projected to be taken with the No. 19 overall pick by the New York Giants. The rumor of Castonzo to the Big Apple gained more ground today, as the Giants' offensive line coach, Pat Flaherty, was in attendance at BC Pro Day.

None of that matters to Castonzo, though, as he has been ignoring the chatter and hopes to put himself in the best position possible for the 2011 NFL Draft, which begins on Thursday, April 28th and ends on Saturday, April 30th.

"I'm hoping to get drafted as high as I could go," said Castonzo. "I don't know what people are saying. I don't really know what's going to happen until draft day."

The next step in the draft process for Castonzo is to schedule visits with NFL teams, but according to him, that is all in the hands of his agent, Tom Condon.

"My agency is doing that right know, I don't even know," said Castonzo. "They kind of just tell me as it comes."

One of the teams Castonzo has been in touch with is the hometown New England Patriots.

"I'm talking to them and I'm talking to a bunch of teams," said Castonzo, who grew up a Chicago Bears fan.

Dante Scarnecchia, the Patriots' assistant head coach and offensive line coach, was also in attendance at BC Pro Day, and he was running drills for several players, Castonzo included.

"He was coaching us up," said Castonzo. "It was like a practice. It wasn't like he was running us through drills, it was like he was actually coaching us. It was nice. I actually learned some stuff today."

In the end, it really doesn't matter to Castonzo which team drafts him. He will be thrilled to play for anybody.

"I've dreamed about this every day of my life," said Castonzo. "I was talking to a coach the other day, and he's like, 'would you be averse if we were to draft you,' and I was like, are you kidding me? It's my dream, I wouldn't be averse to anybody drafting me."


Boston College Pro Day: Anthony Castonzo, Mark Herzlich Seek To Impress Scouts

Anthony Castonzo and Mark Herzlich will hit the field at Alumni Stadium for one final time on Wednesday, March 23, when they take part in the annual Boston College NFL draft-eligible workout, commonly know as Pro Day.

In four seasons in Chestnut Hill, Castonzo holds the career record for most starts with 54. He was named an Associated Press Third Team All-American and was an All-ACC First Team honoree.

Herzlich, who played in all 13 games this season after making a full recovery from Ewing's Sarcoma, won the Rudy Award and the ACC's Brian Piccolo Award. He finished his career at BC with 314 tackles, 11 interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

Castonzo is currently projected to be selected with the No. 19 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft while Herzlich is expected to go in the later rounds.

In addition to Castonzo and Herzlich, Boston College seniors Alex Albright, DeLeon Gause, Rich Lapham, James McCluskey, Jordon McMichael and Damik Scafe will also work out at Pro Day on Wednesday.

There will be several other players from surrounding schools that will participate in the Eagles' Pro Day, including the University of Massachusetts and Harvard.

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