With The 17th Pick In The 2011 Stampede Blue Community Mock Draft, The New England Patriots Select...

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Anthony Castonzo - OT, Boston College

Pick made by me:

As much as I wanted to punt this pick so he'd be around for the Colts, Anthony Castonzo won't have to go very far from his college home to play in the NFL. Castonzo looks to be your prototypical Left Tackle, with the ability to play the other side when asked.  He was a four year starter at Boston College, the last 3 on the left side.  I think he'd fit in really well protecting the valuable back-side of Tom Brady.  I'm sure Gisele would approve as well.

Long-time Left Tackle Matt Light is an Unrestricted Free Agent, and until there is a CBA, it is unknown whether Light will return, although Jeff Howe of NESN seems to think he'll be back. It's one of those areas the unknown CBA that makes the draft so much more interesting this season, as there's no guarantee somebody will swoop in and overpay for the 11 year vet.  Add in that LG Logan Mankins is also a free agent, and the value of someone like Castonzo, who could really play any of the non-Center positions on the line (which he did at the Senior Bowl), goes up.

The pick here was going to be J.J. Watt to play the 3-4 DE, but the Jaguars took him from right underneath my nose.  It's possible the Patriots could look at another of the DE still available, but with a pick at #28 and at #33, there are more players on the Defensive line to choose from that are about the same level than there is on the Offensive line, so Castonzo is the pick.

If Castonzo is taken 17th overall, it'll be the first time since 1992 the Patriots have taken an OT in the first round (Eugene Chung). Also, it'll be the second time in the past four years an OT from Boston College was taken in the first round, as Gosder Cherilus was taken 17th overall by the Lions in 2008.

Anthony Castonzo Scouting Report from Mocking the Draft

The Chargers, and ColtsFanFromHawaii, are on the clock...

Pos Team Player Pos School Drafter
1 Carolina Nick Fairley DT Auburn palco
2 Denver Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson chad72
3 Buffalo Marcell Dareus DT/DE Alabama Buffalo_Bill_Cody
4 Cincinnati A.J. Green WR Georgia beerbrunch
5 Arizona Patrick Peterson CB LSU JesusNinja13
6 Cleveland Robert Quinn DE North Carolina nickfromnaptown
7 San Francisco Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska nopuntintended
8 Tennessee Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri Aerostar193
9 Dallas Nate Solder OT Colorado Addai Another Aday
10 Washington Julio Jones WR Alabama TouchdownColts
11 Houston Von Miller LB Texas A&M SupermanWearsBobSander'sPJs
12 Minnesota Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue Mr. Indianapolis Colts
13 Detroit Jimmy Smith CB Colorado Bradman721
14 St. Louis Cameron Jordan DE California VolsnCards5
15 Miami Mark Ingram RB Alabama metallicolts
16 Jacksonville J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin Collin McCollough
17 New England Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College mgrex03
18 San Diego ColtsFanFromHawaii
19 N.Y. Giants erockrap
20 Tampa Bay Sir Sci
21 Kansas City FreeneyAteYourLunch
22 Indianapolis BlueVol03
23 Philadelphia AnotherWriter
24 New Orleans ushoe
25 Seattle Vikings55Thunder
26 Baltimore JaredCounterman
27 Atlanta fiftycal2004
28 New England mgrex03
29 Chicago DClark#44
30 N.Y. Jets Eltoasto
31 Pittsburgh
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32 Green Bay sanders_fan89
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