Colts Finally Sign 2011 First Round Pick Anthony Castonzo, LT, Boston College [UPDATE] Signing Confirmed By Team

So, want some more positive news? Anthony Castonzo just sent this via Twitter:

Off to Anderson! Finally time for some football

He also sent this, again via Twitter, to Ben Ijalana:

@thebiggerben c u tonight big dawg

Unless Castonzo enjoys messing with his Twitter followers, it seems as though the Colts first round pick has signed and is headed to training camp.

This signing comes at a very critical time. With Charlie Johnson gone (and possibly working as the Vikings new left tackle) it is all the more imperative that Anthony Castonzo get into camp and get comfortable with the Colts system.

Castonzo was drafted specifically to play left tackle, the position which protects the blindside of quarterback Peyton Manning.

From Mocking The Draft, SB Nation's NFL scouting site, breaking down the strengths and weaknesses of Castonzo's game prior to the April draft:

Anthony Castonzo

Pass blocking: Castonzo is much better as a pass blocker than run blocker at this point of his development. He can use his natural abilities – agility, quickness, length – to his advantage to wall off defenders. Does really well moving his hands in and out to knock defenders back. Possesses a wide, smooth kick slide to the outside. Castonzo is quick enough to work his power slide to stop inside rushers. Will get fooled at times by stunting defenders.

Run blocking: Castonzo struggles some in run blocking because of a lack of strength. He doesn't have a lot of power in his lower body to drive defenders backward. Possesses a technically sound hand punch, but it will only be useful if he gets stronger. Is very effective when asked to cut block.

It will be interesting to see if Castonzo got what he wanted during his contract negotiations. He and his agent wanted all four years of his contract guaranteed.

[UPDATE] From Andrew Brandt:

Colts top pick Anthony Castonzo receives $8M over 4 years but unable to get full guarantee; first three yrs yes, fourth yr no.

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