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2011 NFL Draft - Center Rankings
Florida C Mike Pouncey
Florida C Mike Pouncey
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 10, 2011


From a college football perspective, here's the ranking of all the top center prospects.

2011 NFL Draft Position Rankings

Top Ten Centers


By Pete Fiutak

2011 NFL Prospect Rankings & Breakdowns
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2011 NFL Post-Combine Draft Rankings
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2011 NFL Combine Position Analysis
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THE 2010 NFL DRAFT


2010 CFN Talent Rankings
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2010 CFN Position Rankings & Analysis

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- Ss | CBs

2010 NFL Combine Quick Looks & Post-Combine Rankings

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2010 NFL Combine Results
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2010 NFL Combine
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This Class Is … Thin. There’s Mike Pouncey, and Florida State’s Rodney Hudson could end up at center if he doesn’t rock at guard, but there’s little count on. There are several projects and lots of try-hard types, but it’ll take some work to find many starters.
The Best Value Pick Will Be … Kristofer O'Dowd, USC
Most Underrated … Jason Kelce, Cincinnati
Most Overrated … Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State
The Deep, Deep Sleeper Is … J.C. Brignone, Mississippi State

1. Mike Pouncey, Florida (OG) 6-5, 303
While he’s not his brother, Maurkice, he’s a very big, very good blocker with an NFL-ready body and the talent and toughness to play anywhere in the interior of a line. However, he doesn’t have the NFL-ready game with some technique work to do and with a consistency problem. Fortunately, he wants to be great and will always fight and always work to be better - just like his brother. While he has way too many problems with the most basic of acts, snapping the ball, and he might be a more natural fit at guard. No matter where he plays, his size and skills are good enough to make him an anchor no matter where he plays.
CFN Projection: First Round

2. Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State (OG) 6-3 313
While he has the versatility and the skill to play either guard or center, he’s not a blaster of a run blocker and he isn’t going to bury anyone at guard. He’s smart, tough, and scrappy, and he’s built to be a long-time starter at center. Considering his family history - his uncle, Steve, was a great pro - he plans on being the next in line, but he’s not the same player. The talent is there to be a good one, but he has to be in the right system and he has to be able to use his mobility and smarts more than his physical power skills.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

3. Kristofer O'Dowd, USC 6-4, 303
A superstar recruit of superstar USC recruits, he had a nice career … when he was healthy. While he’s not a great athlete and he’s always going to be hurt, when he’s right he’s a great leader and a pure center who can handle all the line calls and sniff out all the blitzes. Only a center, don’t think about moving him to guard, and he’s not going to be the most powerful player, but he could be a very nice starter for a long time if, and it’s a glaring if, he can stay healthy.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

4. Alex Linnenkohl, Oregon State 6-2, 304
While he’s not all that tall, he’s built to be a center with a good base and good leverage. He’s a pure leader who does a great job on all the line calls and always brings the A effort and makes big blocks on want-to and hustle. However, he doesn’t have the raw skills and the basic talent to be a standout. He’s a football player, but the NFL strength and athleticism aren’t there.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

5. Jake Kirkpatrick, TCU 6-2, 301
The 2010 Rimington Award winner as the nation’s best center, Kirkpatrick is a short, squatty blocker who isn’t bad at dealing with stronger, bulkier defenders. However, he doesn’t look the part and he isn’t going to beat anyone up. He’s a smart, solid center who can’t be moved to guard and will struggle with the big NFL tackles, but he’s good enough to get by. He could be a starter, but he’ll be replaceable.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

6. Brandon Fusco, Slippery Rock (OG) 6-4, 302
Obviously the lower-level competition is an issue, but he more than held his own during Senior Bowl practices and was terrific at the Combine. One of the most athletic interior linemen in the draft for his size, he’s an intriguing prospect who’s worth drafting and worth giving a long, long look for somewhere in the interior. He might be just scratching the surface. With his size and his raw skills, he’ll make someone’s starting lineup.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

7. Jason Kelce, Cincinnati (OG) 6-3, 284
While he’s not huge and he’s not going to blast away, he’s one of the best athletes of all the center prospects. In the right offense he could become a decent guard who gets to the second level without a problem. He moves tremendously well and he is a bust-tail type of player who’ll do whatever he has to. The lack of bulk and size will be a problem and he’ll never be a mainstay, but he’s versatile enough to make a roster as a key backup.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

8. Chase Beeler, Stanford 6-2, 276
Purely a zone-blocking, finesse-option technician, he was a strong collegiate run blocker who lacks the pure bulk to do much in the pros. He’s always moving and always working to make the key block, and he doesn’t make mistakes. His lack of size, though, is a deal-breaker and he doesn’t have any room to get bigger. He deserves a long look, but he might never be more than a good backup.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

9. Zane Taylor, Utah (OG) 6-2, 309
A terrific collegiate player, he always took control and was the leader of some great lines. He’s extremely strong, a great run blocker, and will be great in short spaces, but he’s not going to do anything whatsoever on the move. Get him out of the phone booth and forget about it. While he might end up being a guard, he has to be in the right system. Anyone with a zone-blocking scheme won’t work.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

10. Ryan Bartholomew, Syracuse (OG) 6-1, 300
A short, squatty blocker, his lack of height tends to work to his advantage. The small arms and thick frame is perfect for the bench, which he showed at the Combine with 34 reps, and he was shocking athletic moving like a much smaller player. The problem is that he doesn’t use all his raw skills on the field. He’s a good player and he has potential, but he doesn’t seem to have the NFL football talent to be a mainstay. However, someone will be really, really interested in working with his raw ability.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

11. Kevin Kowalski, Toledo (OG) 6-3, 300
A versatile four-year starter, who knows what he’s doing and isn’t going to need too much work, but he lacks the raw athleticism and he doesn’t move well enough to get on the move. The Senior Bowl week wasn’t a total disaster, but he struggled to stand out or do anything to suggest he can be a starter. He might stick as a versatile backup who makes it on toughness and drive.
CFN Projection: D

12. Ryan McMahon, Florida State 6-2, 295
A four-year starter who knows what he’s doing, he doesn’t make mistakes and he’s always working to get better. Aggressive, he’s a big hitter who looked to come up with the big block and bury his man. Size is a factor. He’s way too small and doesn’t have the room to get any bigger. More of a try-hard type than a talent, if he makes it it’ll be because he beat up defensive lineman after defensive lineman in a zone-blocking scheme.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

13. Ryan Pugh, Auburn 6-1, 295
A long-time starter and leader for a good Auburn line, he did everything well in the SEC wars. While he’s very smart and does all the little things right, he’s way, way too small and doesn’t have the raw NFL bulk needed to get by. Not strong enough to be a guard, he needs to show he can be a leader of far more talented players to have a shot at being anyone’s center.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

14. Colin Baxter, Arizona 6-3, 293
Extremely aggressive with the right motor and the right attitude, he’s a baller who makes the most of his skills by always working and always going full speed. While he doesn’t have the size, he can work at guard if absolutely needed and he’ll hold his own. Without the needed athleticism and the raw bulk, he’ll be lucky to be a regular backup somewhere on the inside.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

15. J.C. Brignone, Mississippi State (OG) 6-1, 304
He wasn’t really on the radar until a great East-West Shrine week where he held his own against the top competition. While he was tried out at guard in post-season workouts, and he’ll get a shot in camp, he’s just a center. His lack of height and his inability to move all that well to the second level will keep him from ever being anything more than a fringe backup.
CFN Projection: Free Agent