According to B/R’s Matt Miller, Anthony Castonzo was NFL’s 13th Best Left Tackle

Sep 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Indianapolis Colts tackle Anthony Castonzo (74) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Indianapolis Colts tackle Anthony Castonzo (74) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports /
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According to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, Indianapolis Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo was the NFL’s 13th best left tackle this past season:

"“There weren’t many bright spots on the Colts offensive line in 2015, but Anthony Castonzo was one,” writes Miller. “In his fifth season out of Boston College, Castonzo was consistent and solid—two words that any offensive linemen would gladly be associated with. Castonzo is as tough as they come and is dependable, starting 73 games and missing only three since taking over as the full-time starter five games into the 2012 season. He doesn’t do anything that stands out as necessarily being great, but he is good at many things.Castonzo is an explosive pass protector with tremendous range to cover a lot of ground. He consistently kicks to his spot, maintaining even weight distribution so that he precisely settles and builds his house to anchor. Castonzo wins with hand placement often and is good with latching with his hands and controlling defenders once he is on his landmark.Castonzo does not mind getting after it in the run game. He consistently generates force on his base blocks to knock defenders off the ball, and he plays with a powerful base that allows him to sustain and drive through stalemates.”"

While Castonzo experienced somewhat of a down season for his high standards (much like the rest of his Colts teammates), there’s no question that he remains one of the best starting left tackles in football.

Sep 13, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Indianapolis Colts tackle Anthony Castonzo (74) against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Colts 27 to 14. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Indianapolis Colts tackle Anthony Castonzo (74) against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Colts 27 to 14. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /

Despite suffering an MCL sprain late in the season, Castonzo still started 13 games for the Colts and was consistently the team’s best offensive lineman.

Quite frankly, he’s been the offensive line’s anchor, as those 3 starts are the only ones he’s missed over the past 4 seasons.

Ironically, he was also Pro Football Focus (subscription) 13th best rated left tackle overall with a +3.1 grade overall this past season.

Originally a 2011 1st round pick of the Colts and the last first round pick of Hall of Famer Bill Polian‘s regime, Castonzo has consistently protected star quarterback Andrew Luck‘s blindside.

The 27 year old left tackle was rewarded with a lucrative 4-year extension to begin last season and figures to be a staple in the Colts offensive line for years to come.