A Division one college football programs can be judged in various ways, include, national championships, bowl appearances, conference championships, won lost records and by how many players are taken in the NFL draft.
The 2013 NFL draft is over, seven rounds and 254 player selections were made and for the first time since 2005, none of those selections came from Boston College. The Eagles have made their mark in the draft. In fact since 2000, BC has had twenty- two players drafted, five in the first round with Luke Kuechly, the ninth overall pick by Carolina in 2012, being the latest. Now after a disappointing 4-8 2012 season, in which the Eagles struggled to stay healthy and play consistently on both side of the ball, NFL scouts decided to go in a different direction to find players worth taking in the draft process.
Following the official draft, four Eagles players did find teams willing to sign them to free agent contracts. Those players are linebacker Nick Clancy, tight end Chris Pantale, offensive linemen Emmett Cleary and John Wetzel.
Clancy, a 6-3 232 pound linebacker from Plainfield, Illinois was a 2012 All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team Honoree. He led the conference in tackles with 145 (81 unassisted and 64 assisted) in 12 games played, averaged a conference best 12.08 tackles per game and had at least 10 tackles in 8 games, Clancy’s best performance came in a 22-13 loss at Northwestern on September 15, a game in which he registered 24 tackles, 14 solo and 10 assisted, a performance which earned him ACC linebacker of the week honors. Clancy signed with the Atlanta Falcons.
Chris Pantale’s senior season got off to a slow start as he missed the first four games due to a foot injury suffered in pre season camp. He would come back and start seven games for the Eagles, catching 21 passes for 189 yards and 2 touchdowns, Pantale averaged nine yards per catch. During his BC career, Pantale recorded 98 catches, good for 966 yards and 7 touchdowns. The 6-6, 255 pounder out of Wayne, New Jersey signed with the New York Jets.
Offensive tackle John Wetzel was a four year starter for the Eagles. The 6-8 302 pounder from Pittsburgh PA, played every down for Boston College at right tackle last season. During his career Wetzel play in 886 snaps, Wetzel signed with the Oakland Raiders.
Emmett Cleary was a four year letterman and two year starter for Eagles. The 6-7, 313 pounder from Arlington Heights Illinois, started every game for the Eagles last fall at left tackle. Cleary signed with the Indianapolis Colts.
ACC-fans.com Staff Writer