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A general view of Alumni Stadium during the game between the Boston College Eagles and the Massachusetts Minutemen on September 1, 2018 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

With the football offseason in full swing, squads from the collegiate and professional levels continue to work through training with six months to go until the start of the 2022 season. These levels crossed paths at Chestnut Hill on Tuesday, when several Patriots defensive coaches, including Jerod Mayo, and Steve and Brian Belichick, stopped by the campus at Boston College to work with the Eagles and head coach Jeff Hafley during the team’s spring practice.

Hafley and Steve Belichick share a history, dating back to the time they both spent on the Rutgers coaching staff.

Much of New England’s defensive staff visited to talk shop with B.C. coaches and players.

“They wanted to come by and bring some of the defensive guys and talk some defensive football, sit in on some meetings, watch some tape with us and I mean, shoot, that’s a blessing for us, right?” Hafley told the New England Football Journal.

This certainly feels like a strong partnership moving forward. But the Eagles have several players in line to be drafted this year, too. Read below for the top B.C. prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft.

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Top Boston College prospects for the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Two months away from the 2022 NFL Draft, teams are already deep into scouting talent at the collegiate level. That even includes local powerhouse Boston College, where at least one potential first-round pick is leaving the school for the NFL Draft.

    Here are a few Boston College prospects to keep an eye on ahead of the draft.

  • Zion Johnson, OL

    CHESTNUT HILL, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 03: David Bailey #26 of the Boston College Eagles celebrates with Zion Johnson #77 after scoring a touchdown against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Alumni Stadium on October 03, 2020 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    Johnson showed capable interior ability this season, with the ability to pull and move laterally as a slimmer guard. Johnson works well in the run game and offers positional versatility.

  • Alec Lindstrom, OL

    Jehlani Galloway #13 of the Boston College Eagles celebrates with Alec Lindstrom #72 and CJ Lewis #11 after scoring a touchdown against the Louisville Cardinalsat Alumni Stadium on November 28, 2020 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The Eagles defeat the Cardinals 34-27. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    As a two-time member of the All-ACC First Team, Lindstrom is a fundamentally sound blocker in the run game and has patience as a pass-blocker. His competitive nature also stands out with scouts.

  • Tyler Vrabel, OL 

    SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 30: Tyler Vrabel #78 of the Boston College Eagles walks to the locker room during the second quarter against the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome on October 30, 2021 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)

    As the son of former Patriot and current Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, Tyler is making his own name for himself on the gridiron. He intimidates in the run game with aggressiveness and is a versatile pass blocker on either side of the line based on his solid footwork.

  • Trae Barry, TE

    LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – OCTOBER 23: Trae Barry #3 of the Boston College Eagles runs with the ball against the Louisville Cardinals against the at Cardinal Stadium on October 23, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

    After injuries and transfers left Barry’s future uncertain, a tight-end friendly offense at Chestnut Hill put Barry on track. Barry hauled in four touchdowns with the Eagles in 2021 and could fit in well as a pass-catching tight end with his 6-foot-7 frame.

  • Brandon Sebastian, CB

    LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – OCTOBER 23: Brandon Sebastian #10 of the Boston College Eagles intercepts a pass against the Louisville Cardinals against the at Cardinal Stadium on October 23, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

    Sebastian’s growth paid off throughout his Boston College career, capping off his senior year with a career-high four interceptions. Sebastian plays better in zone coverage and possesses a great ability to play the ball in the air. He offers a capable addition to a secondary at the next level.

  • Ben Petrula, OL

    CHESTNUT HILL, MASSACHUSETTS – SEPTEMBER 07: Ben Petrula #64 of the Boston College Eagles lines up on offense during the first half against the Richmond Spiders at Alumni Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

    As Boston College is accustomed to, Petrula offers yet another offensive lineman looking to make the jump to the NFL. Petrula has a good build at 6-foot-5 and 325 pounds. His strength as an interior blocker will drive his draft stock.

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