Category: Center

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.
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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.

OC Mason Cole, Michigan

6’4” – 307 lbs. – 5.23

Profile:

  • Started twelve games at left tackle as a true freshman, then all thirteen the following season. Spent his junior year at center, starting thirteen games there, then kicked back outside to tackle as a senior.

Positives:

  • Comes with four years of starting experience for a program with an excellent reputation for producing offensive linemen. Tall, thick center who has the type of build needed to hold up on the inside against the nose tackles that play in pro odd fronts. Aggressive player who will finish his blocks with pancakes when he’s given the opportunity. Has strong hands to wrestle with opponents and turn them out of holes. The team had the confidence to run behind him in short-yardage situations, and a lot of Michigan’s carries came up the middle when he was serving as their pivot. Not the most athletic player, but gives good effort to get out in front when asked to pull and lead the way. Able to handle power at the line of scrimmage without being walked back into the pocket. Has some power to his shoves and can knock defenders off-balance on contact. Seeks out opponents to block in pass protection, providing help to his teammates. Coaches rave about his intangibles and work ethic.

Negatives:

  • Knee bend is just average and doesn’t always win the leverage battle off the snap. More of a shover than someone who gets a grip of his opponent’s pads and controls them through the whistle. Ends up on the ground a little bit too often. Had some trouble diagnosing and picking up delayed blitzes when playing on the inside. Lets some defenders into his pads and is forced to recover with his lower-body. Despite having played left tackle for three out of his four seasons with the Wolverines, is probably best considered an interior prospect who would likely struggle on an island against pro edge rushers. Will probably also be more of an inline-only option because of athleticism which is just average.

Summary: 

  • A well-built lineman with the type of physicality, power, and intangibles to develop into a starter at the next level. Should be able to work his way onto the first-team sooner than most linemen given his four years of starting experience in a major program which prepares its players well for the pro game. May be limited to playing inside in a power blocking scheme, but looks like a potential second day pick who should come off the board early on the third day at the latest.

OC Billy Price, Ohio St.

6’4” – 312 lbs. – 5.20e

Profile:

  • High school defender who transitioned to offensive line as a redshirt. Started three games at left guard and twelve at right guard the following year, then left guard as a sophomore and right guard as a junior before transitioning to center for his senior season. Started fifty-five games. Team captain.

Positives:

  • Has plus size and bulk for an interior lineman; thick, powerful build. Fires out of his stance low and with explosiveness. Does a good job of driving his feet after contact. Capable of pulling to either side in the pass or run game. Has the short-area quickness to climb up to the second level. Aggressive finisher who plays through the whistle; offers a very desirable temperament for a pro lineman. Absorbs power pretty well when anchoring against opponents and shouldn’t have much trouble mixing it up against zero-techniques at the next level. Good lateral quickness in pass protection. Has quick and active hands to battle with opponents. Keeps his head on a swivel and actively seeks out opponents to block; rarely found idling around at the line on passing downs. Comes with extensive starting experience in a major conference, having played all three interior positions during his time with the Buckeyes; durability in college should somewhat mitigate concerns about his health following Combine injury. Scheme-versatile.

 Negatives:

  • Ends up on the ground far too often for a player of his size and strength. Often gets too aggressive and ends up lunging at opponents; will bend at the waist and duck his head into contact. Falls off a lot of his blocking attempts at the second level. More of a shover whose grip strength is just average; doesn’t tend to lock on to an opponent’s pads and control them through the snap.

Summary:

  • Nasty blocker who is close to a total package; experienced, versatile interior lineman who plays with aggression and power, bringing a big, thick frame and plenty of athleticism to pull and lead the way on outside rushing attempts or pick up backsidde rushers in pass protection. Was getting some first-round hype prior to the Combine, but after injuring himself there, might end up being more of a second-round pick; still has a solid shot of coming off of the board within the first forty picks or so. A plug-and-play lineman who could conceivably play center or either guard spot and projects as a long-term starter.

OC Frank Ragnow, Arkansas

6’5” – 309 lbs. – 4.99

Profile:

  • Played center in nine of twelve games as a freshman, then started all thirteen games at right guard the following year. Started predominantly at center over the past two seasons, with a little bit of work at right guard. Team captain.

Positives:

  • Tough as nails, with a desirable temperament for the position. Comes with three years of starting experience in the SEC. Big, strong interior lineman with a very thick build.Has a lot of strength in his hands and can twist and throw opposing linemen to the ground. Has a pretty strong anchor to absorb power at the point of attack. Works hard to climb to the second level and engage opponents; not the most athletic player, but does a good job of securing blocks on linebackers and can eliminate them from the play. Was often asked to pull and get out in front of screens; again, not the most athletic player, but has enough quickness to get there more often than not. Devastating against linebackers, with the work rate and aggression to stick with them through the whistle and pick up some pancake blocks. Can help seal one defender and then make his way up to the second level to block another. Does a good job of working on double-team blocks.

Negatives:

  • Struggles to get low and generate push by winning the leverage battle, although he flashes the ability to drive his legs and walk opponents off the line when he does. Has some waist-bending and head-ducking tendencies; getting too aggressive and overextending. Can end up being walked back a little bit by trying to catch opposing power instead of using his punch to fire out and knock players off-balance. Doesn’t have a ton of lateral quickness to deal with twists and stunts when working in pass protection. Footwork leaves something to be desired in pass protection; a little bit stilted/clunky.

Summary:

  • An easy evaluation, as he checks nearly all of the boxes team look for in an offensive lineman, coming as he does with three years of quality starting experience in the SEC and offering a desirable temperament, good size and power, and a desirable temperament. Might be more of an inline/power lineman because his athleticism isn’t much more than average, but he was able to make blocks in space at the college level because of his effort. Looks like he’ll come off the board within the first two rounds.

OC HRONISS GRASU, OREGON

OC #55 HRONISS GRASU, OREGON

6’3” – 297 lbs. – 5.15e

Redshirted in 2010; started every game in each of the following seasons and will enter his senior year having started forty games. Combination of height and weight is adequate for the center position, although his frame looks nearly maxed-out; arms look a bit short. Stronger than he looks, with the ability to anchor against nose tackles and generate push in the running game; dominated massive Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton as a junior. Rarely requires additional help from offensive guards. Does a good job of keeping his feet churning after initial contact. Aggressive, even if he doesn’t end many plays with pancakes. Works hard to sustain until the whistle; has a strong grip which allows him to lock onto opponents. Gets good arm extension. Assignment-sound in pass protection, blocking the appropriate player and switching when necessary. Durable, pro-ready, and intelligent. Makes all of the protection calls. Reliable, experienced shotgun-snapper. Not a freak athlete, but is athletic enough to get out in front of screens, with a great work rate. Looks more comfortable when he’s asked to make second-level blocks on linebackers without pulling; straight-line speed is above-average. Ultimately, should be able to fit into either a man or zone blocking scheme. Height gives him natural leverage, but occasionally squanders it by getting too upright. Hands find their way outside too frequently. A bit more comfortable versus the bull rush than against quicker, gap-shooting defensive tackles; susceptible to penetration to either side. Lacks a forceful punch to jolt defenders. Hasn’t played any other positions, limiting his appeal as a potential swing reserve. Should certainly be considered a candidate to be the first center selected in this year’s draft, given his highly-productive, highly-experienced collegiate career; was given some difficult assignments with the Ducks and performed admirably. Not the biggest or most mobile center, but is close to a finished product and has shown that he is capable of holding up against powerful nose tackles without help, something which allows for rare flexibility in blocking schemes; additionally, his high football IQ allows him to execute his assignments even without outstanding athleticism. Projects as a starting pivot in the pros.

Games watched: Oregon St. (’13), Stanford (’13), Washington (’13)