Could rookie Josh LeRibeus(pictured above)be the Redskins new center in 2012?
Let's take a look at the centers(potential)on the current roster.
Will Montgomery - 6'3" 310 age 29 7th season(V-Tech): Montgomery made the full-time switch from guard to center in 2011, and started all 16 games(14 at center). His play was a breath of fresh air from the declining Rabach the year before, but still, it remained average at best. Monty has problems with the power rush, and is often slow in recognizing blitzes, and getting over to help. I believe his best role moving forward is as a reserve swing center/guard.
Erik Cook - 6'6" 320 age 24 3rd season(New Mexico): Cook has tackle size at the center position, which is not always a good thing. His 6'6" frame makes it tough to get lower than most defensive tackles and nose guards, and his long arms lack the interior strength to keep defenders away from his body. He started two games at center in 2011, and struggled in both of them. He is not very agile, and struggles with blitz pick-ups. He showed poor ability getting to second level defenders, and when he did, he would lean into them, causing him to lose his balance, rather than exploding through them. He could find himself on the outside looking in this training camp. A move to guard, or even tackle could benefit him, but at this point in his career, it may be too late with the Redskins.
Kory Lichtensteiger - 6'2" 292 age 27 5th season(Bowling Green): Licht was a standout center in college, starting 25 games at the position, being named a two-time First-Team All-MAC selection, and was a finalist for the Remington Trophy(nations top center)in his senior year. Licht has seen most of his time in the NFL at guard, but he has the intelligence, strength and mobility to be an effective center. He does however have questions surrounding his recent knee injury that must be answered this summer.
Chris Chester - 6'3" 315 age 29 7th season(Oklahoma): Chester is listed at guard, but he has the ability to play center, having played the position at Oklahoma, after being switched from tight end. Chester may be one of the Redskins most versatile and athletic linemen. His quick feet, good reaction, strenght and intelligence could make for a good center prospect. Our very own Kevin Ewoldt wrote this about Chester last summer .
The new comers:
Josh LeRibeus(rookie) 6'3" 312
Adam Gettis(rookie) 6'2" 293
Grant Garner(rookie) 6'3" 292
As you can see, we have some options at the position, but finding the perfect fit may take some creativity from the staff this summer. One thing is for sure; the light at the end of the tunnel is closer than it once appeared.
Who would you like to see as the Redskins center in 2012?
Montgomery (234 votes)
Licht (63 votes)
LeRibeus (435 votes)
Gettis (37 votes)
Cook (8 votes)
Chester (16 votes)
Too early to say (209 votes)
1002 total votes