2019 NFL Draft Prospects: Centers



By Charlie Campbell.
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The top 2019 Center prospects available for the 2019 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2020 prospect. ** - denotes 2021 prospect.

This page was last updated Nov. 10, 2018. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.
2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2019 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2020 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

  1. Elgton Jenkins, C, Mississippi State
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 304.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.05.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-3.

    11/10/8: Jenkins has been a steady blocker in the middle of the Mississippi State offensive line this season. Overall, he had an impressive game against Auburn as Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald had a lot of success running behind him.

    At the point of attack, Jenkins is quick to the second level and does a nice job of beating defenders to a spot to wall them off. He is quick, agile, and athletic on the inside with the ability to fire to the second level. Jenkins is very effective at double-team combo blocks with guards and is reliable to get gaps open with his double-team skills. In pass protection, Jenkins has a good anchor with the size to handle bull rushes. He may not grade out as a first-round pick, but he could be a good second-day selection who is a plug-and-play starter in the NFL.

    8/28/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Jenkins checks in at 6-foot-4, 304 pounds. He is said to run the 40 in a quick 5.05 seconds. His arms measure at 34.25 inches, his hands at 10.13 inches, and his wing span at 83.38 inches.

    Jenkins is a athletic and quick interior blocker who has been very impressive for the Bulldogs over the past two seasons. Sources who have done some advance work for the 2019 NFL Draft say that Jenkins has impressed them and possesses early-round potential. Jenkins has good size to be a starting center in the NFL, and it will be interesting to see how he handles the change in offense under the new Mississippi State coaching staff.




  2. Tyler Biadasz**, C, Wisconsin
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 316.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.20.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-3.

    11/10/8: Biadasz has played well for Wisconsin, opening a lot of holes at the point of attack. He probably will return to the Badgers for next season.

    8/28/18: After redshirting in 2016, Biadasz broke into the starting lineup last season and performed very well for the Badgers. Biadasz was a tough run blocker who helped open a lot of holes for Jonathan Taylor. Biadasz could be even better in 2018 and 2019 after gaining experience.


  3. Erik McCoy*, C/G, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 315.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.10.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    11/10/8: McCoy has played well for Texas A&M. Depending on the team that drafts him, he could be a plug-and-play starter, but it would be ideal for him to be a backup and get stronger before being a starter. McCoy has strong hands and is able to control defenders when he latches on them. He has decent feel and awareness, plus is athletic. McCoy shows a nice ability to hit blocks on the perimeter, at the second level, and in the open field. In the ground game, McCoy is not a powerful pile mover and does not generate a lot of movement in the run game. Hence, he should add more functional strength for the NFL. In speaking to team sources, McCoy is getting some second-round grades.

    8/28/18: McCoy started at guard and center for the Aggies during the 2017 season after being the starter at center during his freshman year. McCoy has good size to him, and his run blocking is ahead of his pass protection. For the NFL, he could fit as a guard or a center.


  4. Michael Jordan*, C/G, Ohio State
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 312.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.20.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    11/10/8: Jordan has moved to center this season, and he has played well there although he has not often been tested by good talent. Jordan has proven to be a good starter at center this season, that will really improve his value for the NFL. In speaking with sources, they see Jordan as a potential second-day pick. However, some scouts who have been through Ohio State tell me that they think Jordan is unlikely to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.

    8/28/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Jordan checks in at 6-foot-6, 312 pounds. He is said to run the 40 in 5.20 seconds. His arms measure at 34.63 inches, his hands at 10.25 inches, and his wing span at 84 inches. He has excellent size and length for guard, and his measureables would fit as a tackle.

    Jordan broke into the starting lineup as a freshman at guard and showed improvement in 2017 as a sophomore. Jordan should keep up the recent tradition of early-round interior line prospects from Ohio State. He has good size to go with strength and athleticism. After gaining experience and developing, Jordan could dominate as a junior and senior to become an early-round pick in his draft class.




  5. Garrett Bradberry, C, N.C. State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 300.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.05.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    11/10/8: Bradberry is a quick center who is athletic at the point of attack. He has steadily added weight since playing tight end in high school, and he could be a second-day pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Bradberry broke into the starting lineup as a redshirt sophomore. In 2017, he had a good season protecting Ryan Finley and opening holes for Nyiem Hines and Jaylen Samuels. Bradberry will probably be playing at the Senior Bowl in January.


  6. Ross Pierschbacher*, C/G, Alabama
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 297.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.34.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-4.

    11/10/8: Pierschbacher has blocked well for Alabama in 2018. He is quality run blocker and reliable pass protector, but has some limitations for the NFL. Sources are lukewarm on Pierschbacher and see him as a mid-rounder.

    8/28/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Pierschbacher checks in at 6-foot-3, 297 pounds. He is said to run the 40 in 5.34 seconds. His measurements include 32.53-inch arms, 9.88-inch hands, and an 80-inch wing span.

    Pierschbacher started at left guard and blocked well for Alabama in 2017. He is a tough run blocker who opened a lot of holes for Bo Scarbrough, Damien Harris, Josh Jacobs and Jalen Hurts in 2016. Pierschbacher has played left guard and center for the Crimson Tide. He is a plus run blocker and should continue to improve as a pass protector. With Bradley Bozeman moving on to the NFL, Pierschbacher will probably move to center as a senior.


  7. Darryl Williams*, C/G, Mississippi State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 310.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.20.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-4.

    11/10/8: The Bulldogs have run well this season, and Williams has been a big part of that. He should return for his senior year and move to center.

    8/9/2018: Williams had an impressive sophomore season and was one of the best guards in the SEC. He started at left guard and was a tough run blocker while being a steady pass protector. Elgton Jenkins is the Bulldogs' starting center, but once Jenkins moves on to the NFL, Williams could move to the middle. His size and lack of height would translate better to center as a pro rather than staying at guard.






  8. Connor McGovern, C, Penn State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 312.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.31.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    11/10/8: McGovern has played well for Penn State this season.

    8/28/18: McGovern was a quality run blocker for Penn State in 2017, helping to open a lot of holes for Saquon Barkley. In pass protection, McGovern was generally a reliable protector for Trace McSorley. McGovern has good height and length to him. It would help him to get stronger for the NFL.


  9. Jesse Burkett, C, Stanford
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 302.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.20.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    11/10/8: Burkett really struggled against Notre Dame. He needs to get stronger for the NFL.

    8/28/18: Burkett has played well for Stanford, showing a nice combination of skills. He has some size and athleticism to him, possessing the ability to get to the second level. He was a good pass protecter and opened a lot of holes for Bryce Love in 2017. Burkett is a smart blocker.


  10. Sam Mustipher, C, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 305.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.20.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    11/10/8: Mustipher has played well for Notre Dame in his college career, but he has some size and length limitations for the NFL. He could be limited to being a backup.

    8/28/18: Mustipher would be rated higher if he were taller and had more length. As it stands, his size limits in how he will get graded. That being said, Mustipher played well and was an impressive blocker for Notre Dame in 2017. He opened a lot of holes in the ground game and was steady in pass protection.




  11. Sean Krepsz, C/G, Nevada
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 325.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.50.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    11/10/8: Krepsz missed some time early in the season with an elbow injury.

    8/28/18: Krepsz is a 3-year starter for Nevada and has been a solid center. His reliable play at center landed him on the Rimington watch lists in the spring and fall during the 2017 season. Krepsz is big for a center, and his body type would fit well at guard as well.


  12. Alec Eberle, C, Florida State
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 300.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.11.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    11/10/8: The Florida State offensive line has struggled all year.

    8/28/18: Eberle and the Florida State offensive line had problems in many games during the 2017 season. They struggled to open holes in the ground game, plus allowed a ton of hits on the quarterback.

    Eberle was a rock on the inside of the offensive line for the Seminoles in 2016 with an impressive sophomore campaign. He opened holes for Dalvin Cook and was generally reliable in pass protection. It was his first season as a full-time starter, so Eberle could be even better as a junior in 2017. As a redshirt freshman in 2015, he started at center for the last six games of the season.


  13. T.J. McCoy, C, Florida
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 308.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.24.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    11/10/8: McCoy has played pretty well for the Gators, but did not impress against Kentucky and had some issues in other games.

    8/28/18: McCoy started out his collegiate career at N.C. State before transferring to Florida to be near his father, who was battling cancer. McCoy worked his way onto the field as a redshirt freshman and then became a starter at center in 2017. He was having a solid season before going down with left foot injury that cost him the final two games. For the NFL, McCoy is hurt by his lack of height and length.




  14. Sean Rawlings, C/OT, Ole Miss
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 294.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.20.
    Projected Round (2019): 5-7.

    11/10/8: Rawlings started the season well against Texas Tech, although he has been banged up. The senior has been starting at center this year, and that is probably his best fit for the NFL.

    8/28/18: Rawlings has mostly played right tackle during his career at Ole Miss with some time at center. For the NFL, he is going to need to get stronger and add weight to his frame. Rawlings could be a candidate to be a backup tackle, guard or center as a late-round pick.


  15. Jared Weyler, C/G, Minnesota
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 296.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.22.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    11/10/8: Weyler was unimpressive against New Mexico State and looks like a late-round or undrafted free agent.

    8/28/18: Weyler has played well for Minnesota at times, but he also has missed a lot of games with injuries over the past couple of years. Weyler needs to gain weight for the NFL and stay healthy as a senior to have a shot at getting drafted.


  16. Levi Brown*, C/G, Marshall
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 296.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.18.
    Projected Round (2019): 7-FA.

    11/10/8: Brown and Marshall have run the ball well this season.

    8/28/18: Brown has worked hard to gain weight and is growing into his body. He has been a solid interior offensive lineman who could compete at guard or center.


2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2019 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2020 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P




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