The center often goes unrecognized when it comes to identifying the most vital positions on a team’s offense. The center is the main source of communication of up front and it’s imperative that they have an understanding of what the defense will do as he needs to communicate with his guys. That’s the most important job of playing in the middle of the offensive line.

Tyler Orlosky excels in that area of the game. He’s been a reliable, consistent mainstay in the middle of West Virginia’s front – starting every game for the past 3 years. Orlosky mixes his intelligence up front with a warrior-esque playing style. That makes one good center.

Name: Tyler Orlosky
Position: C
Size: 6’4”/298
School: West Virginia
Class: Senior (RS)
Comparison: Rich Braham
Draft Grade: 3rd Round

Positives: Height is right where you want it for his position. A relatively sturdy build with consistent thickness. Big, meaty arms. An NFL belly. Average movement skills. Adequate ability to move to the second level. Naturally strong upper and lower body. Rarely moved in pass protection. Drops the anchor and holds blocks. Rarely turned or knocked down. Gets his hands inside and holds blocks. Stays square and controlled. Won’t let you off the hook. Methodically consistent. Marches defenders back and gains movement in the run game. Finishes blocks and takes pride in burying opponents. A willing and productive help blocker. After his first block will hunt for more action. The unquestioned leader on his line. Well-respected. Great communicator. Intelligent. Extremely confident. Known as a coach on the field. Very opinionated and will speak his mind. An alpha. Played through pain. Always on the field. Started every game for the past 3 seasons. Team Captain.

Negatives: Lacks great athleticism. Not a smooth lateral mover. Looks clunky in space. Has trouble squaring up moving targets. Won’t lead the platoon down the field. Stays in the box and watches the play down field. Can sometimes play too high negating some his lower body power.

Outlook: Tyler Orlosky is one of the best interior line prospects in this draft. He has the size, strength, consistency, and attitude teams love. Although he might not be a fit for all offenses he will have plenty of suitors and has the ability to play right away. Has the look and feel of someone who could play for a long time like Rich Braham who had a long career with similar size, athleticism, personality and toughness. Orlosky has value at the top of the third round.

About The Author Jesse Fritsch

Jesse Fritsch is a Wisconsin native who has spent 11 years independently evaluating NFL draft prospects and following the draft process. He happily spends most of his free time researching players and watching games in his man cave while occasionally coming up for air to share.