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2010 NFL Combine - Center Analysis
Florida C Maukice Pouncey
Florida C Maukice Pouncey
Posted Mar 4, 2010

Post-Combine quick looks at the centers invited to Indy.

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1. Maurkice Pouncey, Florida 6-4, 304
Post-Combine Skinny: He showed what he needed to. Along with the size, he jumped well and was good enough on the move to solidify himself as the No. 1 center. The Pro Day should make him even more dough.
Pre-Combine Rank: 1
Positives: By far the best center in the draft, but he could end up spending most of his career at guard. He’s too good not to start somewhere for a long time. …. Very quick. Fantastic on the move for a player of his size. … Smart. Doesn’t make mental mistakes.
Negatives: Some potential concern about a shoulder. Durability could be an issue. … Not a mauler. Isn’t going to bury too many defenders. … Not nasty. Could use a little more of a mean streak.

2. J.D. Walton, Baylor 6-3, 300
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn't lift, but the athleticism for a 300-pound player was impressive. He came up with a great 8'5" broad jump and moved like a much smaller player around the cones. This was his chance to shine, and he did.
Pre-Combine Rank: 2
Positives: Strong and physical. Did a great job in Senior Bowl workouts. … A tough run blocker who beats up defenders on the inside. … Quick off the ball. Great at getting his hands on the defender immediately.
Negatives: Not great on the move. Doesn’t have much mobility. … Didn’t do a ton of power run blocking at Baylor. … Will have problems with bigger, strong defenders.

3. Matt Tennant, Boston College 6-5, 300
Post-Combine Skinny: One of the high risers this offseason continued to impress by doing everything right. He was quick and fluid around the agility drills and he looked the part of someone's starting center for the next decade.
Pre-Combine Rank: 3
Positives: Great leader of a strong BC line. Doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. … Terrific technician. Doesn’t need much work. … Moves well. A good athlete for his size.
Negatives: Not that strong and doesn’t have a lot of room or range to get bulkier in the base. … Needs the right system. He’s not going to work in a power-running system. … Will struggle in a big way with the bigger defensive tackles.

4. John Estes, Hawaii
Not Invited To The Combine 

5. Ted Larsen, NC State 6-2, 304
Post-Combine Skinny: The 25 reps were fine, but hardly special. He moved around well and jumped with some pop. It was a better Combine than a Senior Bowl and he's back on the radar.
Pre-Combine Rank: 5
Positives: A former defensive tackle and brings the same sort of defensive intensity. … Can move to guard if needed. Strong despite not being all that huge. … Moves well. Is great at getting out and making things happen down the field.
Negatives: Inconsistent in offseason practices. Fine, but not special. … Not really a guard. If he’s not a center, he’s not playing his best position. … Needs better reaction and reads for a center.

6. Erik Cook, New Mexico (OG) 6-6, 318
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn't lift and he didn't show enough to prove he could be a guard. He wasn't afraid to get on the move, and he was balanced for a player of his size. He's worth getting into a camp and being tried out in several different spots.
Pre-Combine Rank: 6
Positives: Extremely versatile. Can fill in anywhere on the line with the frame of a tackle and the strength of an interior blocker. … Big. An NFL-sized body that doesn’t need a ton of work. … A good pass blocker with the arms to keep defenders at bay.
Negatives: He’s best as a center but is too tall for the position. … Not all that athletic. Has tackle size but doesn’t have the feet to be on the outside in the NFL. … Needs to be a more consistent run blocker and needs to be more of a punisher.

7. Chris Hall, Texas
Not Invited To The Combine

8. Lyle Hitt, LSU (OG)
Not Invited To The Combine

9. Jim Cordle, Ohio State (OG)
Not Invited To The Combine

10. Kenny Alfred, Washington State
Not Invited To The Combine

11. Josh McNeill, Tennessee (OG)
Not Invited To The Combine

12. Kevin Matthews, Texas A&M
Not Invited To The Combine

13. Jacob Hickman, Nebraska
Not Invited To The Combine

14. Chris Fisher, Louisiana-Lafayette
Not Invited To The Combine

15. Kyle Mutcher, Weber State
Not Invited To The Combine