Category: Center

OC Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama

6’4” – 307 lbs. – 5.20
Redshirted, then started fifty-seven games over the past four seasons, missing three contests in his junior season with a high-ankle sprain. Spent the first three seasons at left guard before moving to center this past year. Has solid size, having measured in at just under 6’4” with big 10” hands; arm length is a little shorter than ideal at just over 32”. Consistent, workmanlike blocker who looked assignment-sound during the games reviewed. Comes out of his stance pretty low, does a good job of placing his hands and extending his arms, and keeps his legs churning after contact to fight through the whistle. Understands positioning, playing himself between the defender and the ballcarrier and using his hands well to stay locked on; does a good job of sustaining his blocks. Not a great athlete, but his short-area quickness is good enough to secure blocks on angles or climb up to the second level. However, isn’t the most explosive or powerful player; more competitive than he is overpowering and doesn’t generate a ton of push unless he’s working on a double-team block with another player. Managed just twenty reps on the bench and a very poor 22.5” vertical. Plays with the type of alertness and technique that you’d expect from a prospect with nearly sixty SEC starts under his belt. In pass protection, does a good job of bending at the knees, keeping his head up and his back straight, identifying his assignment, and extending his arms to get what separation he can from opponents. Keeps his hands high and inside. Possesses a solid anchor to handle power. Able to get out in space and lead the way on screen passes, although he doesn’t always successfully initiate contact. Doesn’t have a ton of pop in his hands to jolt defenders with his initial punch. Lateral quickness is nothing special. Currently expected to come off the board in the mid-rounds because of his extensive starting experience for one of college football’s premier programs, he has the temperament, technique, and smarts to potentially work his way into a starting lineup, although his lack of ideal length, power, and athleticism may cause a handful of other interior linemen to come off the board ahead of him. Extensive experience at both guard and center will help his cause, allowing him to appeal to teams as an inside swing reserve with a relatively high floor.

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OC Michael Jordan, Ohio St.*

6’6” – 312 lbs. – 5.27
Has been starting at Ohio State since his true freshman season, a rarity in the Buckeyes program. Began his career as a guard and only transitioned to center as a junior; declared for the draft at the end of the season. Very tall, well-built interior lineman whose arms measured a whopping 34.25” at the Combine, to go along with 10” hands. Powerful run blocker in Urban Meyer’s power spread, exhibiting a workmanlike approach to the game; can be more of a wall-off blocker than someone who treats opponents like blocking sleds, but is effective on a snap-to-snap basis. Has some trouble getting low but makes an effort to win the leverage battle and has enough strength to compensate. Does a good job of getting his arms extended and keeping defenders out of his pads. Generates good power into contact and can overwhelm smaller defenders and finish snaps with pancakes. Even when he doesn’t maul opponents, is still difficult to get around because of his overall size/bulk. Despite being a bigger lineman, has the short-area quickness to get up to the second level and successfully frame linebackers, or chip one opponent and get up to block an opposing linebacker; demonstrates a good work rate on such snaps. Was occasionally able to pull to the right side and secure blocks in the hole. Can sometimes slip off of opponents as they counter. Does a good job of protecting the quarterback despite just average lateral quickness. Able to bend at the knees, get his arms extended, and hold his ground against power with ease given his overall size and strength. Keeps his head on a swivel, seeking out targets and providing help for teammates when possible; has a pretty powerful shove to knock defenders off-balance. Was asked to execute some pretty difficult assignments, pulling or climbing to secure blocks in space; does a good job of lining up opponents. A physically-gifted interior lineman with three years of starting experience for a major program and the versatility to play either guard or center, he looks likely to be a sought-after commodity on draft day, offering a combination of size, length, and power which should convince teams that he’s a potential starter, despite lateral quickness which is just adequate. Probably made the right choice in declaring and looks like a solid candidate to come off the board on the second day.

OC Lamont Gaillard, Georgia

6’4” – 305 lbs. – N/A
Played defensive tackle in high school, but converted to the offensive line when he arrived at Georgia. Appeared in two games as a redshirt freshman, then became the team’s starting right guard in 2016. Slid over to center in 2017 and spent the next two seasons starting there, giving him a total of forty-two collegiate starts. Thickly-built center with solid height and length; arms measured 33.5”, with hands just under 10.5” at the Combine. Was asked to block inline and occasionally on angles; fires out low and with some explosiveness from his stance. Gets his arms extended and keeps his feet churning to generate push in a phone booth; can overwhelm smaller defensive tackles as an inline blocker. Also displays impressive short-area quickness in the run game. Wasn’t asked to pull much during the games reviewed (all of which were at center) but can climb up to the second level and engage opposing linebackers. Plays with physicality and works to sustain through the whistle. However, has some issues with balance; can get caught overextending/bending at the waist and consequently falls off of more blocks than you’d like. Doesn’t appear to have the strongest grip to lock onto opponents, but flashes the ability to drive defenders into the dirt and finish his blocks when he’s able to frame them up. Inconsistency carries over into the passing game as well; the tools are there to protect the passer, but had a few ugly snaps (see national championship game vs. Alabama). Bends at the knees and prevents his helmet from getting above that of the defender. Has a powerful punch to knock opponents off-balance, and the lower body strength to absorb opposing bull-rushers. However, can struggle to handle quick penetrating types; may not be the most laterally quick player, and despite his thick build, seemed to have trouble cutting off the A-gaps during the games reviewed. Lacks recovery speed to get back into position against stunts/twists and delayed blitzes. A big, strong, and athletic lineman with extensive starting experience against SEC defenses, coming both at guard and center, he should be appealing to teams seeking interior line help, but may not be quite as pro-ready as his three years with the first team would suggest; needs to play with better balance as a run blocker in order to avoid falling off of blocks, and can have trouble handling one-gap penetrators on the interior in the passing game. Interesting developmental project who looks like he might go early on the third day.

OC Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina St.

6’3” – 306 lbs. – 4.92
Began his collegiate career as a tight end, redshirting at the position in 2014, then transitioned to guard the following year and served in a reserve capacity. Has been starting for each of the past three seasons, and concluded his collegiate career by winning the Rimington Trophy as a senior. A thickly-built interior lineman with arms which are shorter than most of the other top prospects (31.75”). One of the most athletic interior offensive line prospects in this year’s class. Able to pull or climb and secure blocks in space, with a good burst to close and engage defenders, and was regularly asked to do so at the college level; despite his lack of length, frames up opponents successfully on a high rate of his snaps. Does a good job of sticking with opponents as a zone blocker, flowing horizontally and washing opponents wide. Very smart player. Understands positioning and regularly places himself between the defender and the ballcarrier to create rushing lanes. Able to bend at the knees and play with leverage. Good work rate to sustain through the whistle, with big hands and solid grip strength. More competitive than he is likely to drive defenders off a spot; not a mauler in a phone booth. Could do a better job of keeping his head up when he engages opponents. Has very quick feet to get depth in pass protection. Keeps his head on a swivel to locate opponents. Bends at the knees to get in his seat and extends his arms to keep defenders from getting leverage advantages. Lateral quickness allows him to mirror opponents once engaged. Has a solid anchor due to his thick build nad good functional strength. Looks comfortable getting out and leading the way in screens. A three-year starter who combines excellent consistency and intelligence with impressive strength and athleticism, traits which made him arguably college football’s best interior offensive lineman last year. Doesn’t tend to blow opponents off the ball as an inline blocker, but can successfully execute all kinds of different assignments, which would make him a great fit in a zone scheme. Just as good in pass protection as he is a run blocker, he will most likely come off the board on the second day of the draft as an early starter and safe pick. All the more impressive considering he didn’t even play on the offensive line until his second year with the Wolfpack.

OC Erik McCoy, Texas A&M*

6’4” – 303 lbs. – 4.89
Redshirted, then spent the past three seasons starting at center for the Aggies, two games at guard in his redshirt sophomore season notwithstanding. Team captain who decided to declare for the draft with a total of forty starts under his belt. Has pretty good size/bulk for a pro center, with relatively long arms which measured 33” at the Combine; has a thick frame which looks just about maxed out. Exhibits a physical, workmanlike approach to the game, giving good effort through the whistle. Effective if not overpowering run blocker with a good combination of strength and athleticism. Fires out low, gets his hands placed accurately high and inside, and keeps his legs churning through the whistle to generate movement. Pretty strong grip strength to sustain. Good short-area quickness when blocking in zones; has the ability to set up and engage opponents on the move, or chip one defender and climb up to secure a block on another. Was frequently asked to pull and lead the way on outside rushing attempts. Has enough power to jolt second-level defenders in space. Not the most dominant phone-booth blocker; more of a grinder than someone who will blow opponents off the line of scrimmage. Would like to see him be more consistent about keeping his head up into contact. Keeps his head on a swivel in pass protection, bends at the knees, and gets his arms extended. Demonstrates the lateral quickness to mirror once engaged. Uses his hands effectively to stick with opponents on counters/spins. Has some power in his shove when helping. Good athleticism and work rate to get in space and upfield to lead the way in the screen game, even if he can sometimes struggle to frame and hit moving targets. Consistent player but is able to recover and shove opponents wide of the mark when needed. May not have overwhelming power in one-on-one situations, but checks pretty much all the boxes teams look for in an offensive lineman: smart, physical, hardworking, and athletic, having demonstrated his leadership qualities and durability at the college level. Those traits are likely to earn him a selection on the draft’s second day as a relatively safe pick who could step into a starting lineup early in his career, preferably in a zone scheme which takes advantage of his ability to get out in space.

OC Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi St.

6’5” – 310 lbs. – N/A
Very well-built interior lineman with an excellent combination of height and bulk, to go along with big 10.25” hands and 34” arms. Redshirted, then started a combination of eight games played over his first two seasons on the active roster, five coming at left tackle, two coming at left guard, and one coming at right tackle. Took over as the team’s starting center in 2017 and started all twenty-six games there to conclude his career, giving him a total of thirty-four starts between four different positions on the line. Plus run blocker who combines bulk, grip strength, and lower-body strength. Very good competitor who works hard to stick with opponents through the whistle and consistently sustains his blocks for the entire snap. Consistently eliminates opponents when given one-on-one assignments in a phone booth. Once he locks onto an opponent, it’s over. However, tends to play with a high pad level; more likely to get a grip and sustain than to fire out low, get his knees bent, and drive opponents off the line of scrimmage. Also a little bit more limited with regard to range but gives good effort to get into the way and disrupt opponents long enough to create rushing lanes; wasn’t asked to pull or climb very often with the Bulldogs. Effective pass-protector who allowed just one sack as the team’s starting center over the past two seasons. Does an excellent job of absorbing power and stonewalling opponents at the line of scrimmage; great anchor. Has a strong grip and places his hands high, but lets them find their way outside too often and could be prone to holding penalties at the next level. More of a grabber than a puncher. Tends to coast on his natural power, playing straight-legged and high-hipped; would like to see him get into his seat and improve his overall leverage. Got the job done at the highest level in college football, and comes with pro-ready size and strength which could allow him to work his way into a starting lineup fairly early in his career. However, will need to develop his technique further in order for his success to translate over; specifically, needs to do a better job of keeping his hands inside and playing with bend and leverage. A pretty high-floor prospect who also offers a high ceiling depending on whether he can integrate those elements into his game. Likely to be a second-day pick.

OG Sean Welsh, Iowa

6’2” – 300 lbs. – 5.43

Profile:

  • Redshirted, then started seven games at left guard and two at right guard the following season. Spent twelve at left guard and two at right tackle as a sophomore, then flipped to the right side. Started eleven games at right guard and one at right tackle as a junior, then ten games at right guard and three at right tackle as a senior. Also spent some time practicing at center.

Positives:

  • Versatile player who concludes his college career with twenty-three starts at right guard, nineteen starts at left guard, and six starts at right tackle; the only position he hasn’t played in some capacity is left tackle. Comes from a program with a reputation for producing solid pro linemen. Pure football player who is more than the sum of his parts. Was asked to do a lot of pulling and is able to get to the left side and smash opponents in the hole to create rushing lanes. Has adequate functional strength and a reasonably thick if somewhat short frame. Doesn’t always make it look pretty but knows what he’s supposed to do and works hard to execute. Works well on double-teams to generate push. Uses his body to create obstructions for opponents. Has good grip strength to sustain in pass protection.

Negatives:

  • A marginal athlete with borderline size for a pro lineman on the interior. Some of his college experience may not be particularly relevant; has virtually no chance of playing right tackle at the pro level and some teams may view him as a center conversion candidate, where he didn’t start a game in college. Execution on cut blocks leaves something to be desired; may just lack the requisite height/length. Wasn’t asked to climb up to the second level very often. More impressive as a run blocker than a pass protector; lack of length is an impediment to being able to handle gap-shooters. Probably a zone-only option who will struggle to overpower opponents in a phone booth. Can he absorb bull-rushes from pro nose tackles?

Summary:

  • A much better player than his physical and athletic attributes would indicate; maximizes his ability and comes with a very good understanding of what he’s supposed to be doing and how he can do it. Was forced to play mostly guard because of the presence of more highly-regarded teammate James Daniels, but some teams may view him as a center at the pro level. Looks like a mid-to-late-round pick and swing reserve type.

OL Austin Corbett, Nevada

6’4” – 305 lbs. – 5.15

Profile: 

  • Redshirted in 2013, then became the team’s starting left tackle once Joel Bitonio went to the NFL, and continued to serve as the Wolfpack’s blindside protector for the remainder of his collegiate career. Considered more of a guard or possibly center prospect because his of his marginal size for the tackle position. Team captain.

Positives:

  • Comes with four years of quality starting experience at the most demanding position on the offensive line. Above-average athleticism for an interior lineman. Gets his arms extended and works hard to sustain through the whistle. Has power in his hands on initial contact. Keeps his feet churning after contact and can generate some push when he is able to successfully attack an opponent’s outside shoulder. Plays with appropriate balance and avoids bending at the waist. Would be a good fit for a zone blocking scheme, as he has enough quickness to climb up to the second level and secure blocks on linebackers. Knee-bender with good looking pass sets. Has enough lateral quickness to mirror in pass protection; pretty light on his feet, with a good level of activity. Pretty accurate placing his hands in pass protection. Flashes the ability to jolt with his punch. Was able to absorb power on the outside.

Negatives:

  • After starting for four years at left tackle, will need to adjust to a new position and a steep increase in the level of competition he faces. Strength is just average. Plays a little bit upright and may not be able to push the pile once he moves inside. Hands find their way outside at times, especially when he lets opposing pass-rushers into his pads. Had some struggles with inside moves when playing on an island. Might be considered sort of a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none type.

Summary:

  • A pretty technically-sound prospect who played well at left tackle and has enough athleticism to interest teams looking for a zone-blocking lineman on the interior. The key question is whether his power will translate to the inside, where he’ll be asked to mix it up with players considerably bigger than those he was matched up against at the college level. At this point, looks likely to come off the board in the second or third round, although finding a suitable scheme/position will be critical to his success.

OC James Daniels, Iowa

6’3” – 306 lbs. – 5.25

Profile: 

  • Started two of fourteen games at left guard as a true freshman, then eleven and twelve at center in each of the two subsequent seasons, respectively. Declared for the draft early and is just twenty years old.

 Positives: 

  • Has a solid build for a pro lineman on the inside; very thick, with a bubble butt. Scheme- and position-versatile prospect who has played both center and guard and should have no trouble in either an inline or zone blocking scheme. Very athletic blocker who was often asked to pull and has the explosiveness and short-area quickness to get to the edge and lead the way for ballcarriers. Capable of crossing an opponent’s face and hooking them. Climbs to the second level with ease. Has a good work rate and tries to stick with his man through the whistle. Plus balance; doesn’t lunge or overextend himself and rarely ends up on the ground. Keeps his feet churning after contact. Powerful hands to turn defenders out of the hole. Handles power easily in pass protection. Gets good extension in pass protection and can play from his seat. Very advanced for his age.

Negatives:

  • Thicker than he is tall or long. Doesn’t generate a ton of push in the run game. Can struggle to square up opponents. Overruns the spot at times when attempting to secure blocks on the move, whether at the second level or in space generally. Gets more upright the further he gets from his starting position. Could be a little bit more aggressive in terms of seeking out opponents to block in pass protection; too many pass snaps where he doesn’t engage opponents. Temperament leaves a little bit to be desired; gives plenty of effort but isn’t a particularly nasty player and doesn’t always finish his blocks. Drew nine penalties over the past two seasons. Underwent knee surgery prior to the 2016 season, then missed two games that year with a knee injury and one game as a senior, so medical flags could affect draft stock.

Summary:

  • Polished, scheme-versatile prospect who comes from a program with an excellent reputation for producing NFL offensive linemen, preparing them for the types of concepts and blocking assignments they’ll be asked to handle at the pro level. Has an impressive combination of bulk and athleticism which should allow him to start sooner rather than later at either guard or center, but may be a slightly better fit for the latter. Appears on track to go in either the first or second round.

OL Will Clapp, Louisiana St.

6’5” – 314 lbs. – 5.39

Profile: 

  • Redshirted, then started the subsequent season at right guard (one start coming on the left side). Flipped to left guard for his sophomore campaign, then played center as a junior before declaring for the draft.

Positives:

  • Big, thickly-built interior lineman with very good size; really looks the part of a pro lineman. Comes with three seasons of SEC starting experience and spent a season at each of three interior positions. Size makes him a big obstacle. Able to get some extension with his arms, with a strong grip to sustain. Was asked to pull to both sides and gives good effort, although his athleticism makes it difficult for him to reach targets. Keeps his head on a swivel in pass protection. Able to handle power with ease given his thick, strong build. Has a strong enough punch that he can knock opponents off-balance or to the ground when helping a teammate. Versatility could allow him to begin his career as a swing reserve.

Negatives:

  • Overall technique can get sloppy. Tends to play a little bit high and consequently doesn’t generate as much push as a player with his size probably should; more of a wall-off blocker. Marginal athlete without much lateral or short-area quickness. Struggles to line up opponents at the second level, often overrunning a spot or failing to reach it. Can lapse into throwing his body into opponents rather than using his arms to engage them, especially when he’s on the move. In pass protection, is somewhat susceptible to opponents running around him because he’s unable to mirror effectively. Will probably be scheme-limited to playing in a power-based offense.

Summary:

  • Made a reasonable decision to forego his senior season in order to declare for the draft, as he had already accumulated three years of SEC starting experience at three different positions. Has a pro-ready build and enough power to mix it up on the interior, but as it stands, has a somewhat sloppy game and probably lacks the type of athleticism to play in a zone scheme, even if he was asked to pull somewhat frequently at the college level. Looks like a third day pick who will be asked to begin his career as a swing reserve and might have a little bit more upside if he can clean up his technique.