One of the key elements in Boston College’s turnaround from a 2-10 to 7-5 season was the consistent, sometimes inspired and overall superior play of its senior leadership.
Start with Heisman finalist and 2000 plus yard rusher Andre Williams, morph to QB Chase Rettig, wide receiver Alex Amidon, kicker Nate Freese and offensive linemen Ian White and Matt Patchan, outside linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis and you have the core group for a team which made it back to a bowl game for the first time since 2010.
But what about life beyond BC for this group? What about playing at the next level?
Right now, the perception has not changed very much. According to a quick survey of various National Football League draft previews, BC’s list of candidates has not impressed the powers that be–yet.
Take Willliams, who blossomed into a super star running back in his senior season, gaining 2,102 yards. With one game remaining in the Advocare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La. next week, Williams will then head to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama in January and the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in February.
It doesn’t seem to matter that Williams had a better season than any running back.
In terms of his draft ranking, where does Williams rate?
Try No. 95 overall–which is a late third, early fourth round draft pick as swell as the No. 7th running back, trailing:
Arizona’s Ka’deem Carey (No.42)
Auburn’s Tre Mason (No. 46)
Washington’s Bishop Sankey (No.56)
Baylor’s Lache Seastrunk (No. 60_
West Virginia’s Charles Simms (No. 81)
Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde (No.86)
After Williams, the BC stock really dips. Patchan is listed as the 27th offensive tackle and the 351st player overall. Rettig is the No. 31 QB and 528th rated player, Amidon is the 27th wide receiver and 419th player, White is the No. 51 offensive tackle and 743rd player and Pierre-Louis is the 17th outside linebacker and 171st player.
All of these projections are, of course, soft and could change rapidly with solid efforts in the bowl game, the all star games and especially in the Combine.
For now, however, BC’s senior class is in a state of flux in terms of its football future.
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