Yesterday was a crazy day in the NFL Draft for Boston College football fans. After being shut out of the draft in 2013, and the first three rounds of 2014, BC had four players find homes. First Andre Williams found the perfect home with the New York Giants (please use #AndreTheGiant from now on when referring to him), then shortly after Kevin Pierre-Louis joined the Legion of Boom in Seattle. BC finished off the day with "should have been Groza winner" Nate Freese being drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 7th round and Kaleb Ramsey joining Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers.
But BC's day wasn't over with the draft. Shortly after the final pick, BC coaches began to take to Twitter to congratulate the non drafted Eagles who had found undrafted free agent deals with NFL teams. Let's take a look at who is heading where:
I couldn't be prouder of Chase Rettig. Just signed with the Green Bay Packers. They signed a gem!— Ryan P Day (@ryandaytime) May 10, 2014
BC's four year signal caller will be heading to Lambeau Stadium and the Green Bay Packers. Rettig who infamously had five offensive coordinators in four years, dealt with a boat load of adversity at BC. He never was able to get quite comfortable with the systems he was thrown because they were constantly changing, but he never complained, and constantly competed. He was a professional in every sense of the word, played dinged up all the time, and who knows, with Aaron Rodgers to watch, maybe he'll find a spot in the NFL. Rettig finished his career at BC with 8,248 yards passing, 52 touchdowns and 38 interceptions.
Jake Sinkovec had an interesting career at Boston College. He came to BC as a 2* linebacker and played his freshman and sophomore years at that position. But he really came into his own with BC when he was converted to a full back in 2012. He missed most of 2012 due to injury, but showed in 2013 that he could be a very serviceable to good fullback. He had above average hands, catching 3 touchdowns passes this year, and was vital in spring Andre Williams into the second level. Baltimore struggled mightily with their run last year, and have utilized fullbacks in the past (Vonta Leach), so Sinkovec could catch on if he continues to stay healthy and improve.
Edebali had a monster 2013, really showing off what he could given the right scheme. Recruited as a 2* LB out of New Hampshire, the native German redshirted his first year but became a vital cog in BC's system for the next four years. He would lead BC in tackles for loss in the forgettable 2012 season. But it was his senior season that vaulted his name into the NFL picture as he collecting 67 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, five passes broken up, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. His size puts him as a bit of a tweener, but he has a motor and constant speed, something Rob Ryan loves.
The man with possibly the greatest name in BC history will be joining Rex Ryan and the Jets. Divitto who came to BC as a 3* OLB from New Jersey, recruited by previous defensive coordinator Bill McGovern. Divitto who was never as flashy as Mark Herzlich, Kevin Pierre Louis and Luke Kuechly still was a major contributor on defense. In 2013 he led the team with 112 tackles, while compiling 3 sacks.
Former Armwood, Gators and Boston College offensive lineman Matt Patchan says he's signing as an undrafted rookie with the hometown Bucs.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) May 11, 2014
Patchan was a surprise on Saturday, as I thought his combine and work he did in 2013 would have been more than enough to get him drafted. But I was wrong, as Patchan never heard his name called and signed after the draft completed with his hometown Bucs. Patchan came to the University of Florida, as a 5* recruit, who could play both sides of the ball. His head recruiter, Steve Addazio, got him to come to the Gators over basically every other college in the country. But once in Gainesville, Patchan struggled, both legally and health wise. The Gators tried him both at tackle and on the defensive line, but injuries kept him out. It wasn't until Steve Addazio was named head coach, and brought Patchan with him that the tackle found a second wind. Patchan was the glue that held BC's line together, and returned it to a physical and dominant line that BC fans were accustomed to. He was able to blast opposing defenders off the ball, and push them yards down the field. If he can stay healthy, TB is going to get a gem.
BC's Ian White, an offensive lineman from Conway, has signed a free agent deal with the San Diego Chargers.— Roger Brown (@603SportsMedia) May 11, 2014
The final Eagle to find a home was offensive tackle Ian White out of Conway NH. The 2* tackle, chose BC over UNH and quickly found a role starting for BC after being redshirted. White struggled at first, but so did the entire offensive line under Frank Spaziani. It was this season that he began to establish himself. Sure footed and strong, White made the perfect compliment to Matt Patchan. White's strength did a commendable job of opening holes for Andre Williams, and keeping Chase Rettig on his face his senior year. He will have a lot of work to do to make the Chargers roster, but you never know.
That makes ten Boston College Eagles in the NFL this year from the graduating Class of 2013. If you are keeping track at home that is a success rate of 100% for this coaching staff, for players that wanted to play in the NFL (Amidon is pursuing another career). The only players that haven't found homes yet are C.J. Parsons (legal trouble), and Al Louis Jean who left after his sophomore year. Again I will never understand why he made that choice.
So we now have ten more Eagles to root for on Sundays, it will be fascinating to watch the training camps to see how they progress. Best of luck to all of them!