2009 NFL Draft
The Top Center Prospects
2009 NFL Combine Numbers
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2008 CFN Draft Central
2008 NFL Draft Breakdown and Analysis
1. Alex Mack, California
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 1
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn't work out and will need to show off
in a few weeks. None of the other centers were so impressive to be
head-and-shoulders above Mack.
Positives: Ultra-competitive …
Phenomenal leader … Dominant all-around blocker.
Negatives: At some times is
too fiery … Mistakes made mostly when trying to do too much.
Max Unger, Oregon 6-5, 309
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 2
Post-Combine Skinny: It wasn't a great workout for the center on
the top of several lists. Expected to be tried out at guard, he only
came up with 22 reps on the bench. However, he was quick and athletic
through the drills.
Positives: Good quarterback up front … Very, very strong … Could be
moved to guard.
Not a great athlete … Won’t do much on the move … Not necessarily a
3. Eric Wood, Louisville 6-4, 310
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 3
Post-Combine Skinny: Flip a coin on where he belongs among the top
three center prospects. He was big, surprisingly quick and athletic, and
he came up with 30 reps.
Positives: Big-time worker
with mean streak … Bright. Doesn’t miss line calls … Experienced
in pass protection … Can get shoved around a bit.
Luigs, Arkansas 6-4, 301
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 4
Post-Combine Skinny: He looked the part. He moved efficiently in
the drills, wasn't bad on the bench, and ran a center-best 5.14.
Positives: Busted his tail to become a major producer …. Good
athleticism and good on the move … Good finesse blocker.
Negatives: Not a mauler … He
isn’t going to push too many top tackles over.
A.Q Shipley, Penn State 6-1,
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 6
A favorite among the scouting types, Shipley had extremely
short arms, was as short and as squatty as expected, and it didn't
matter. He was athletic, quick, and extremely strong.
Positives: Good athlete … Hard worker who goes 100% all the time …
Not huge and has to battle against the bigger, stronger DTs …
Questionable NFL strength even after the big lift. Not a guard. He has
just one position.
Antoine Caldwell, Alabama 6-3, 309
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 5
Disappointing. The 40 time is hardly a big deal for centers, but the
5.23 was slow and he wasn't all that athletic. The 24 reps was an
Positives: Extremely smart … Very quick and great on the move … Can
be moved to guard.
Can be pushed around by bigger tackles … Needs a little work on his
technique … Could stand to be nastier as a run blocker.
7. Jon Cooper, Oklahoma 6-2, 291
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 7
Post-Combine Skinny: He added enough weight to be
a far more attractive prospect. He also did a little of everything right
with decent speed and quickness to go along with 31 reps.
Positives: Great leader. Could be a quarterback for a line … Smart.
Great at making the calls … Used to being in charge of elite blockers.
Negatives: Too small and isn’t
going to get much bigger or stronger … Not quite a good enough athlete
to overcome size issues.
8. Blake Schlueter, TCU 6-3, 285
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 8
Post-Combine Skinny: Wasn't At The Combine
Positives: Extremely strong …
Always working. Always going 100 miles per hour … Quick.
Negatives: Will struggle to
get bigger and maintain weight … He isn’t going to be a dominant starter
… Likely a long-snapper.
9. Alex Fletcher, 6-3, 297
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 9
Post-Combine Skinny: He moved extremely well and was great on the
bench with 30 reps. However, he wasn't quite as big as expected.
Positives: Nice size and knows
how to use it … Fiery and punishing. Finishes his blocks. … Smart.
Negatives: Fine against quick
defenders, but struggles against stronger ones … Durability concerns …
Might be better as a guard.
10. Brett Helms, LSU 6-2, 286
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 10
Post-Combine Skinny: Beefed up around 15 pounds
from original playing weight. He didn't run, and he only lifted 25
Positives: Versatile enough to
move to guard … Athletic. Very quick … Excellent toughness. Great motor.
Negatives: Not big enough …
Has to get stronger to be a starter … Might be limited to a West Coast