Photo of John Wetzel
Grade
60.0 ?
  • 5.46 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 25.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 105.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.90 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.81 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'7" Height
  • 34" Arm Length
  • 315LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

Boston College consistently produces NFL-caliber offensive line talent, ranking seventh among all schools in draft picks up front over the past 20 years (tied with Penn State and Georgia with 16, four behind leader Wisconsin). Wetzel appears to be the next in long line of former Eagles including Marc Colombo, Gosder Cherilus and Jeremy Trueblood possessing the tall, strong build helping them all become starters at the next level.



The Pittsburgh native played behind Anthony Castonzo, another tall tackle who started as a rookie for the Indianapolis Colts in 2011, in 14 games over his first two seasons. He stepped into the left tackle spot as a junior, however, starting all 12 games as the team struggled through a 4-8 season. As a senior, Wetzel moved over to the right tackle position.

Analysis

Strengths

Tall and thick throughout his frame that gives him great strength as a run-blocker. Explodes from a three-point stance, making him tough for tackles to hold their ground when he crashes the edge and making him capable of taking out linebackers at the second level. Strong punch, consistent in his aiming point. When balanced and patient in pass protection, extends his long arms and move his feet well enough to eclipse small rush ends -- and pulling off a bull rush against him is extremely difficult because of his strong anchor.

Weaknesses

Heavy feet, doesn't have the quickest of kick slides in pass protection. Lateral agility is lacking. Won't always keep his feet moving through his punch. Needs to be faster with his hands. Lacks the quickness and fluidity to recover.

NFL Comparison

Jeremy Trueblood

Bottom Line

The next tall, strong lineman from BC flew onto scouts’ radar in 2012, showing off great strength in the run game. His footwork and balance in pass protection leave something to be desired, but his length and power should see him selected in the middle to late rounds.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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