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.
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.
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.
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.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.