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 Sept. 15, 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.

    9/15/18: Jenkins has played well for the Bulldogs in 2018, including a Week 2 game in which he helped open holes against Kansas State's defense.

    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.

    9/15/18: Wisconsin has rolled over two weak opponents thus far.

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

    9/15/18: Jordan has moved to center this season, and he has played well there in the early going while not being tested by good talent. If Jordan proves to be a good starter at center this season, that will really improve his value for the NFL and could push his draft grade up.

    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.


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

    9/15/18: 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. 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.

    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.


  5. Ross Pierschbacher*, C/G, Alabama
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 297.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.34.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    9/15/18: Pierschbacher has blocked well for Alabama in 2018, but he also hasn't been tested by a good opponent yet.

    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.




  6. Dalton Risner, C/OT, Kansas State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 300.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.10.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    9/15/18: Risner is playing right tackle for Kansas State, but he could be a better fit at center in the NFL because he has problems with speed rushers off the edge.

    8/28/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Risner checks in at 6-foot-4, 297 pounds. He is said to run the 40 in a quick 5.30 seconds. Measurement data has him with 33.75-inch arms, 10.5-inch hands, and an 81.75-inch wing span.

    Risner started out his collegiate career well at the center position. After performing well on the inside of the line, the Kansas State coaches moved Risner to right tackle, and he performed well on the edge. Risner has been a reliable blocker for the Wildcats. For the NFL, moving back to center could be his best fit.


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

    9/15/18: The Bulldogs have run well to start the season.

    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.

    9/15/18: Penn State has had some competitive games, but McGovern has not been tested yet.

    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.

    9/15/18: The Cardinal really struggled to run the ball in the season opener, but they rebounded in Week 2 against USC.

    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.

    9/15/18: Mustipher had a quality start to the year against Michigan.

    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.

    9/15/18: Krepsz has missed the first two games of the year 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.

    9/15/18: The Florida State offensive line really struggled in the season opener against Virginia Tech, as the Hokies dominated the line of scrimmage throughout the game.

    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.

    9/15/18: McCoy has been solid for the Gators, but did not impress against Kentucky.

    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.

    9/15/18: Rawlings started the season well against Texas Tech, although he has been banged up.

    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.

    9/15/18: Weyler was unimpressive against New Mexico State.

    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.

    9/15/18: Brown and Marshall have run the ball well to start the 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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