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2010 NFL Draft - Center Rankings
Florida C Maurkice Pouncey
Florida C Maurkice Pouncey
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 11, 2010


Check out the CFN ranking of the top centers along with the most overrated and underrated prospects.

2010 NFL Draft Position Rankings

Centers


By Pete Fiutak

2010 CFN Talent Rankings
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2010 CFN Position Rankings & Analysis

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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 … full of guards. Maurkice Pouncey could turn out to be special, but all the other top prospects will likely spend time at other positions sooner than later.

The Best Value Pick Will Be … J.D. Walton, Baylor
Most Underrated … Joe Hawley, UNLV
Most Overrated … Ted Larsen, NC State
The Deep, Deep Sleeper Is … Matt Morencie, Windsor

1. Maurkice Pouncey, Florida 6-4, 304
With prototype size and good athleticism, he’s by far the best center prospect in the draft. However, he might end up being better served at guard where he can use his nasty run blocking ability and toughness to work well in the right scheme. Extremely quick, smart, and technically sound, he has it all. He’ll make a line his the second he hits the practice field and will be a leader and high-level producer for a decade.
CFN Projection: First Round

2. J.D. Walton, Baylor 6-3, 300
A good athlete for his size, he moves well and gets up and engaged in a hurry. A standout in Senior Bowl workouts, he more than showed he can handle himself at a high level and can be an NFL starter. However, he doesn’t have special skills like Maurkice Pouncey, needs to work on his technique (he’s too straight up and has to get lower), and isn’t going to flatten anyone.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

3. Matt Tennant, Boston College 6-5, 300
A good leader who doesn’t make mistakes and has great technique, he’s just good enough to step in and be a good backup from the start. He had a great offseason showing off excellent agility and the upside to be someone’s center for a long time. He needs to get stronger, but he’ll always give an honest effort and he’ll never get out of the lineup once he’s in. He could turn out to be a great value pick.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

4. Ted Larsen, NC State 6-2, 304
Originally a defensive tackle, he’s an intense blocker who’s great on the move. While he’s not going to run over anyone, he’s a nasty blocker who always goes full-tilt and is always looking for someone to his. A bit too inconsistent in offseason practices, he might get tried out at guard even though that’s not his position. He’s still a work in progress, but he’ll do what’s needed to make himself better. However, he might be ready to go right now if he’s in a zone-blocking scheme that can take advantage of his mobility.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

5. Erik Cook, New Mexico 6-6, 318 (OG)
An extremely productive starter for the Lobos for a long time, he can fill in anywhere needed on the line with tackle size and the push of a guard. He might not be a master of any trade, but he could do anything just well enough to be a godsend of a backup. He needs to get stronger and he’s way too much of a tweener without the feet to be a tackle for a long period of time, and he needs to hit the weights hard.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

6. Joe Hawley, UNLV 6-3, 297
With nearly perfect size for a center, he’s built for the spot, has great functional strength, and he doesn’t make a lot of mental mistakes. With the want-to and the drive to always get better, he has grown into a weight room warrior and he could quickly become the leader of someone’s line. He’s not for everyone, though, with average mobility and he’ll have to get used to ditching the spread-blocking of UNLV. Moving to guard, in the right offense, won’t be a problem.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

7. Sean Allen, East Carolina 6-3, 306 (OG)
After seeing time early on as a guard, he moved to center and was more than solid. The size is there and he does a little of everything well, moving nicely in pass protection, and he could easily move out to guard without a problem. He’s not going to run around anyone and he gets away with way too many holds, but he could find a role as a versatile interior backup.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

8. John Estes, Hawaii 6-2, 295 (OG)
A tremendously productive college player in a pass-happy system, he was one of the WAC’s most dominant linemen over the last several years. Very quick off the ball and with a great motor, he’s a nasty blocker who could be great in a finesse system. Size is a concern and he’s not going to bury anyone, but he could bounce around the league for a while as a try-hard technician.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

9. Charlie Tanner, Texas 6-4, 305 (OG)
A phenomenal high school wrestler, he brings his mauling style to the football field with good run blocking ability and tremendous strength. He’s not going to fly around the field and he’s limited against quicker interior defenders (cough … Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy … cough), but his versatility with guard potential and his attitude could keep him around a camp for a while.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

10. Kevin Matthews, Texas A&M 6-3, 298 (OG)
Durability is a concern after having surgery on both shoulders and he’s ready to roll in a pro offense, but he’s not really built for the spot and he’s not strong enough on the field to push anyone around. He’ll bust his tail to be better, but he lacks the basic NFL skills and doesn’t have quite enough talent to stick as either a center or a guard unless he’s being used as a backup in a rotation.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

11. Kenny Alfred, Washington State
12. Jim Cordle, Ohio State
13. Lyle Hitt, LSU
14. Ryan Blaszcyzk, Rutgers
15. Eddie Adamski, Northern Illinois