Scarnecchia leads drills at BC

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Boston College held its annual pro day this afternoon on campus, with players from BC and other New England schools working out in front of NFL scouts and coaches from 17 different teams. No team was represented more than the Patriots, with offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, director of college scouting Jon Robinson and scout Brian Smith on hand.

Scarnecchia put the offensive linemen through drills.

“He was coaching us up. It was like a practice,” said BC offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo, who projects to be a first-round draft pick. “It was nice, I learned some stuff today.”

For Greg Niland, who grew up in East Bridgewater, Mass. and played for Northeastern and UMass, going through drills with Scarnecchia was quite the experience.

“I don’t want to say it was intimidating, but it was exciting just to be coached by someone who coaches the Patriots’ offensive line,” Niland said.

Scarnecchia told the prospects that he would have liked to work with them longer, but they ran out of time.