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Most players who go to prep school need academic improvement. Not Castonzo, who scored 35 out of a...

Most players who go to prep school need academic improvement. Not Castonzo, who scored 35 out of a possible 36 on the ACT in high school in Illinois. But the only schools interested in Castonzo out of high school were Princeton, Yale and Holy Cross. Castonzo thought he could be an FBS player, so he went to Fork Union Military Academy for a postgrad season. It worked. He landed offers from BC, Duke, Virginia and Vanderbilt. He chose Boston College, where he became the first true freshman to start at tackle in 10 years. He wound up setting a school record with 54 starts and earned a degree in biochemistry.

SI's Andy Staples take a look at where this year's NFL Draft prospects were rated as high school recruits (Sports Illustrated)

The choice is this: Grab the stud offensive tackle to try and keep oft-injured franchise...

The choice is this: Grab the stud offensive tackle to try and keep oft-injured franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford upright, or take the stud defensive end to pair with Ndamukong Suh and potentially have a dominant defensive front for the next decade. I chose Castonzo for the simple reason that, for better or worse, the fate of the Lions is tied to whether or not they can keep Stafford healthy for the next few seasons. They have no chance of doing that with aging (Jeff Backus) and ineffective (Gosder Cherilus) tackles.

SB Nation New York's Ed Valentine has Anthony Castonzo going 13th to the Lions in his latest mock draft, though he does throw another former Eagle O-linemen under the bus a bit.
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