INDIANAPOLIS -- While Boston College offensive tackle and first-round draft prospect Anthony Costanzo may be in the spotlight, teammate and fellow tackle Rich Lapham will also be getting looks from NFL teams at this week's Combine.
"I want to shake as many hands and meet as many people as I can," Lapham said on Friday. "I have a lot to offer, and being able to meet the coaches, being able to sit down and talk about football, I think that will impress a lot of people and go a long way."
Lapham is projected by NFL Draft Scout to be a late-round selection or a priority free agent in April's draft. He started 33 games at right tackle for the Eagles over the past three seasons, with his final season cut short by a left knee injury. As a result, Lapham will not take part in workouts this week.
"[I had] a great coaching staff at Boston College. My offensive line coach Sean Devine has been really helpful," Lapham said. "Throughout our prep, he'd treat it the same way as the Combine. He'd have us go up and draw the play, so we were familiar with it.
"I credit him for a lot of the situations, and what he's taught me the last couple of years that has gotten me ready."
Lapham is the latest in a stroried line of Boston College offensive linemen, which the Patriots have tapped multiple times (Damien Woody, Dan Koppen). Current NFL players Jeremy Trueblood, Chris Snee, Marc Colombo, Gosder Cherilus, Matt Tennant, James Marten, Woody and Koppen all played at BC.
"These guys have a reputation, an attitude. We have to live up to that. Coming into Boston College, people called it "O-line U" when I was a freshman," Lapham said. "It was an awesome situation for me to be in, to learn from those guys.
"[They] will come back in the winter or spring time. We'll go out on the field and they'll share with us the experiences that they've had, things that have helped them out, things they've learned at the next level that we can incorporate into our game."