Centers are the unrequited leaders of the offensive line. They have to have a great relationship with the rest of the offense and be leaders to be the best. The Cleveland Browns saw just how important the center position in after Alex Mack went down in Week 6. Their ability to run the ball went from very well to mediocre very quickly.
Don’t under value this position. It’s extremely valuable to have a center that can be an asset to your team.
Here are the top center rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft.
1. Cameron Erving (Florida St)
What people aren’t giving Erving enough credit for is the fact that he’s made the switch from defensive tackle, to offensive tackle, to offensive guard to center in a very short time and has played at a high level for a championship winning school. His versatility and physical ability alone will get him through his rookie year while he absorbs coaching to become elite.
2. Hroniss Grasu (Oregon)
Grassu is tough and grity in the trenches. A bit old school if you will. He’ll take on your biggest guy through the snap. He needs a weight room and to utilize his hands more appropriately, but he’s going to be a very reliable starter for awhile.
3. Reese Dismukes (Auburn)
Get this guy in the weight room with a good strength coach and this high IQ center will become a solid starter for years. He lacks the ideal frame, but has room to grow and learn.
4. Andy Gallik (Boston College)
He’s not going to let much through, but he’s also going to get zero push down field in the run game. He’ll fight through the snap but he won’t be the flashiest player on the field.
5. B.J. Finney (Kansas St)
If you don’t draft him because of how handsome he is, you will because of his ability to protect his quarterback and keep the line afloat. But yeah, he’s going to be a bit limited. A fifth round grade is generous.
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