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2008 NFL Draft - Ranking The Centers
Notre Dame C John Sullivan
Notre Dame C John Sullivan
Posted Apr 12, 2008

CFN ranks the top 20 prospects with the deep sleeper and most overrated and underrated players.

2008 NFL Draft Position Rankings
The Centers 

Rankings & Breakdowns
Top 50 Players - 1 to 25 |
Top 50 Players - 26 to 50 | Quarterbacks
Running Backs |
Wide Receivers | Tight Ends | Offensive Tackles  
Offensive Guards |
Centers | Defensive Ends | Defensive Tackles    
Linebackers |
Safeties | Cornerbacks | Punters & Kickers  

By Pete Fiutak

The Class Is ... Lousy. Center is always a mediocre area in the draft, but this year doesn't have any star power and it's more about the versatility than the sure-thing starters.

The Best Value Pick Will Be ... Kory Lichtensteiger, Bowling Green

Most Underrated ... Cody Wallace, Texas A&M

Most Overrated ... Jeremy Zuttah, Rutgers

The Deep, Deep Sleeper Is ..
Brennen Carvalho, Portland State


1. Mike Pollak, C/OG Arizona State
Able to play center or guard the big, strong anchor of the Arizona State line is great on the move and is the type of player who'll be plugged into a lineup and won't leave for ten years. It's not his fault the Sun Devil line had such a lousy year in pass protection. While he's not a brutish run blocker and isn't going to flatten too many defenders at the pro level, he can be a dependable cog in a finesse attack.
CFN Projection: Third Round

2. Steve Justice, C Wake Forest
Incredibly productive over the last three seasons for the underappreciated Wake Forest line, Justice is extremely agile and isn't afraid to get down and dirty to make a block. Tough as nails and dependable enough to be an every-day player, there's no concern about having problems with little injuries. The problem is his size at 6-3 and 293 pounds with little room to get bulkier. While he's quick, he'll struggle with the bigger tackles. He's a pure center and likely can't be moved to guard.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

3. Kory Lichtensteiger, C Bowling Green
The guy is very strong and doesn't have any blubber; he's a cut 298 pounds. Very tough and very nasty, he goes 100 miles per hour on every play and got better and better over a strong four-year career. While he's not the best athlete and he dominated in the MAC, he's a good prospect who'll stick around if given a chance.
CFN Projection: Third Round

4. Jeremy Zuttah, C/OT Rutgers
Where's he going to play? A great pass-protecting tackle and a tough guard, he actually projects to be a center at the next level. He was great at the Combine and the East-West Shrine game, but he's not a next-level tackle and not quite girthy enough to play guard. If he can show early on that he can handle himself well in the middle, and if he can prove a gimpy ankle isn't a problem, he can be a regular. His versatility will make him attractive.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

5. John Sullivan, C/OG Notre Dame

A mauler who'll be great for the running game, he's a tough blocker who was steady for four years and does a great job when he doesn't have to get on the move. At 6-3 and 301 pounds, he's a perfect-sized center and can even be moved to guard if needed. A great quarterback for the line, he's a smart player who doesn't make mistakes. His problem is his athleticism; he's not going to do much on the move.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round


6. Cody Wallace, C Texas A&M
Extremely strong with a great attitude and work ethic, he's going to make himself an NFL player. One of A&M's top weightlifters, pushing people around isn't a problem. However, he doesn't always play as strong as he is and doesn't flatten as many defenders as he probably should. On want-to he'll be impossible to cut and will be a good backup, but he's limited and isn't going to do much against the better tackles.

CFN Projection: Fifth Round

7. Jamey Richard, C/OT Buffalo
A great three-year starter who dominated at the MAC level, he's a 100% motor guy who always finishes his blocks and always looks for someone to hit hard. He needs work on his technique and he'll need to be broken down and built back up again by an NFL coaching staff if he's going to be a tackle, and he's a bit too tall and lanky at 6-5 and 294 pounds to be a prototype center. Even so, he'll stick on a team as a backup.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

8. Fernando Velasco, C/OG Georgia
Very strong with great work ethic and drive, Velasco was a good starter for Georgia as both a guard and a center. He's a team player who's more than happy to do whatever's needed to help the team and the line; he was a true leader of the offense. He's just not that athletic and wasn't even invited to the Combine. With problems against any NFL-caliber lineman with speed and quickness, Velasco needs to get by on his work ethic and effort.
CFN Projection:
Free Agent

9. Marcus Coleman, C/OG Wisconsin
A tough, versatile blocker who tried his tail off to be a good leader for the Badger line, he just doesn't have the knees to be an NFL regular. He's not strong enough to be a guard and he doesn't have the overall quickness to be a starter at center, but he's a competitor and could be a versatile backup.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

10. Eric Scott, C/OG Kentucky
At 6-3 and 310 pounds, he's a very big blocker who has the athleticism to go along with the size. The problem is his blocking ability; he's just not strong enough or tough enough. He held his own against most SEC tackles, but he got ripped apart a bit too often by the better ones. He could be fine in a zone-blocking scheme, but he's not an NFL player in a power attack.
CFN Projection: Free Agent


11. Adam Spieker, C Missouri
12. Doug Legursky, C Marshall
13. John Masters, C Michigan State
14. Brennen Carvalho, C/OG Portland State
15. Dallas Griffin, C Texas
16. Ryan Wendell, C Fresno State
17. Kevin Tuminiello, C Georgia Tech
18. Kyle Devan, C Oregon State
19. Riley Salinger, C Wagner
20. Marcus Lipsey, C Virginia