I believe most of the teams in the NFL have an identity that they are associated with. The Bears with the Monsters of the Midway. The Steelers with the Steel Curtain. The Rams with the Greatest Show on Turf. The Raiders with their dunbass fans. Last but not least the Eagles with Marky Mark. We are associated with the Hogs.
We need that OLine again that can dominate. That we can ride to three more Super Bowls. Why the Danny (who supposedly grew up a Skins fan) hasn't realized that is beyond me. So here are my top 5 Center prospects. Why only 5 you may ask? Because on average that's how many centers get drafted every year.
1. Michael Brewster, Senior, Ohio State, Projected Round: 1st-2nd Height: 6'5" Weight: 305 LBs Forty: 5.17 Positives: 4 year starter. Good pass blocker that can snap the ball and get into his block quickly. Highly competitive player. No injury history.Didn't get caught up in Tatoogate. Good motor.
Negatives: Very tall for a center. Needs to add lower body strength. Needs work on run block. Needs to get better at recognizing blocks at second level.
2.Peter Konz, Junior, Wisconsin, Projected Round: 2nd-3rd Height: 6'5" Weight: 315 LBs Forty: 5.16 Positives: Very athletic for his size. NFL ready body. Excellent pull blocker. Plays Oline at Wisconsin. Played basketball in High School. Strong run and pass blocker.
Negatives: Also very tall for a center. Not sure if he's coming out this year. Injury issues in the past. Needs to continue to work on line calls. Needs to work on drive blocking.
3. Ben Jones, Senior, Georgia, Projected Round: 2nd-3rd Height: 6'3" Weight: 316 LBs Forty: 5.26 Positives: Prototypical height and weight for the position. Plays with a mean streak. Never missed a game due to injury. Very athletic; three sport star in Highschool.
Negatives: Slow top end speed for zone blocking scheme. Needs to work on keeping his feet moving in pass protection. Arms look short. Might be better suited for a power running offense.
4. William Vlachos, Senior, Alabama, Projected Round: 3rd-4th Height: 6'1" Weight: 294 LBs Forty: 5.28 Positives: Very good technical sound player. Anchored line for two of the best running backs in recent history. Good fit for zone blocking scheme due to lack of size. Quick block after the snap. Played some of the top competition in the SEC.
Negatives: Not a physical presence nor is he a great athelete. Nothing dominant about him.Needs to work on blocking at the second level. Struggles to move defenders off of the line. Needs to work on blocking in space.
5. David Molk, Senior, Michigan, Projected Round: 4th-5th Height: 6'2" Weight: 288 LBs Forty: 5.18 Positives: Great leader. Better pass blocker then run blocker. Plays with a bit of an edge. Pretty good instincts and picks up stunts well.
Negatives: Has had injury issues in the past. Very small size leading to questions about ability to anchor a line in the NFL. Needs to improve foot work in run blocking.
Although Will Montgomery has looked good at times this year at center I'm not sure if he is a viable long term solution. Moving to guard will not help his development. An elite center could do for us what Nick Mangold has done for the Jets.
Considering the importance of the center in an offensive line it's surprising to see how undervalued they are in the draft. Round projections are based on talent level not on where I believe they should be drafted. Remember I am not a professional so if you disagree let's keep it civil.
I will be posting my Guard rankings either Sunday night or Monday night.