Opinions, Editorials

Combine Performance Deserves Recognition

Five former Boston College football players participated in the NFL Combine over the weekend, representing the school and the football program well with impressive performances as they try to make their way onto NFL rosters this spring.

Defensive end Kasim Edebali, offensive lineman Matt Patchan, outside linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, defensive lineman Kaleb Ramsey, and running back Andre Williams all worked out in Indianapolis and did not disappoint. Pierre-Louis recorded the fastest time for his position in the 40-yard dash, Ramsey notched the highest number of 225-pound bench press repetitions among prospects at all positions, and Williams, a 2013 Heisman trophy finalist, posted three top performances among the running backs.

While performances at the Combine are just one piece in the talent evaluation process for NFL teams, it bodes well not just for the players but also for the BC program that the school’s five participants stood out. Having more former BC football players in the NFL helps both grow the reputation of the University and strengthen head coach Steve Addazio’s pitches to potential recruits, as shown by the notable success of former BC student-athletes like Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji.

The athletic department also deserves credit for continuing to promote the successes of former players, something which it has done consistently well for the past few years.


February 27, 2014