Longtime Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo announced his retirement today after 10 seasons. Castonzo has had a very good, very underrated career. Today we are going to look through his career and underline why he was so crazy underrated.
Castonzo played college football at Boston College from 2007-2011, even getting to (for a short time) protect the great Matt Ryan at quarterback. Castonzo was highly rated in college, and entered the draft in 2011. Despite his great play in college, he was ranked ninth amongst offensive tackles coming into the draft.
Castonzo was picked by the Indianapolis Colts with the 22nd overall pick, the only offensive tackles picked ahead of him were Tyron Smith and Nate Solder. Castonzo had a strong rookie season, starting immediately in relief of recently departed Charlie Johnson at left tackle.
There is not much else to say about Castonzo’s career, he was a rock solid left tackle who had a grade of 68.9 as his lowest grade from PFF in his entire career (averaging roughly a grade of 75 throughout his entire career). Castonzo was not a part of any championship teams, although the Colts did make the conference championship early in Castonzo’s career. Towards the end of his career, Castonzo was a crucial part of what is considered to be one of the best offensive lines in the entire NFL.
Castonzo never made a Pro Bowl, and his only All-Pro appearance was on a Second Team PFF All-Pro team. Castonzo has been extremely underrated his entire career, and that really is a shame because he has been a centerpiece of a great offensive line for many years.