2019 NFL Draft: Top Ranked Centers
Garrett Bradbury is the most athletic center in this year’s draft class. McCoy, McGovern, and Jenkins are all pretty equal, who goes first will depend upon the preference of the team that selects them. Look for 7-10 players to go in the first 5 rounds. A few will go in the sixth and seventh rounds, but the majority will sign as undrafted free agents (UDFA).
1. Garrett Bradbury, NC State, 6-3/306
Bradbury has shot up draft boards based on his athleticism. He’d do best with a team that likes to pull and trap. While he benched 225 thirty-four times at the Combine, he was easily bull rushed during Senior Bowl practices. He’s got short arms and will have to be technically sound to succeed at the next level – along with getting stronger in his lower body.
2. Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State, 6-4/310
Jenkins is an intelligent player who knows how to read a defense and make the proper line calls. He has played up and down the line, giving him the ability to better help his fellow linemen identify schemes and blitzes. Best pass blocker in the group.
3. Erik McCoy, Texas A&M, 6-4/303
Another center who has jumped up draft boards based on his athleticism. He has gradually improved each year with his technique and overall strength. Can play the run and pass equally well. Getting plenty of looks from teams leading up to the draft.
4. Conner McGovern, Penn State, 6-5/309
Not as athletic as Bradbury or McCoy, but an intelligent player that can play all three interior positions. For not being super-athletic, plays with good understanding of angles and leverage, keeping defenders at bay.
5. Michael Jordan, Ohio State, 6-6/312
Seems better suited at guard than center – but can play either. A big man that enjoys mauling opponents in the run game. Physically strong, can be aggressive. Has room to grow. His versatility will increase his draft value. Downside: appears to take plays off and occasionally looks heavy footed.
6. Deion “Shaq” Calhoun, Mississippi State, 6-2/310
SEC four-year starter, finishing with 36 straight career starts. Very good in pass pro. Has the ability to block in space. Intelligent player. Played RG in college, lining up next to Elgton Jenkins. Calhoun has been projected at center at the next level.
7. Lamont Gaillard, Georgia, 6-3/305
Gaillard is team captain that leads by example. He went from being the starting guard to becoming the starting center, a selfless move on his part. He plays with good leverage and is quick laterally. He doesn’t have great power, but he understands how to get into position quickly.
8. B.J. Autry, Jacksonville State, 6-3/351
After a stellar week at the Senior Bowl, B.J. Autry drew plenty of scouts to his Pro Day. Autry has quick feet and uses his strength to moved opponents out of the way. He played guard in college but is expected to move inside at the next level. He has an 84.5 wingspan.
9. Tanner Volson, No. Dakota State, 6-4/306
Athletic center who is very good at playing in space – pulling, trap blocking, and getting quickly to the defender at the next level.
10. Nick Allegretti, Illinois, 6-4/320
Allegretti is certainly getting his share of looks from teams as we ramp up to the draft. Intelligent player that studies the game. Team leader who is involved in his community. Experienced with 36 career starts.
OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:
- Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama, 6-4/307
- Javon Patterson, Mississippi, 6-3/307
- John Keenoy, Western Michigan, 6-3/300
- Trevon Tate, Memphis, 6-2/293
- Kirk Barron, Purdue, 6-1/309
- Alex Fontana, Kansas, 6-1/298
- Victor Hrynkiewicz, Youngstown State, 6-3/304
- Nick Linder Indiana 6-3/303
- Justin Falcinelli Clemson 6-4/305
- Jesse Burkett Stanford 6-4/309
- Ryan Anderson, Wake Forest, 6-5/305
- Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame, 6-2/304
- Deontae Crumitie, Troy, 6-2/297
- Luke Shively, Northern Illinois, 6-2/300
- Matt Pyke, ETSU, 6-2/302
- Garrett Bowery, Lamar, 6-2/299
- Garrett Bader, Benedictine, 6-5/305
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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.