I don't think Simmons or Ingram is some kind of franchise savior. Simmons is a great fit as a 4 in the modern NBA though because he can guard inside and on the perimeter, rebound, handle the ball like a guard, and score inside. Even if he never develops a reliable jumper, he is still going to be a very valuable player. I see him as a better version of Draymond Green who can create offense on his own much better than Green.
Peter Konz*, C, Wisconsin
Height: 6-5. Weight: 315. Projected 40 Time: 5.58. Projected Round (2012): 1. 1/9/12: The junior Konz has collected a stack of dominant tapes for NFL evaluators this season. He has played elite players like Jerel Worthy and Jared Crick very well. The Badgers have had a fabulous running offense, and Konz is an excellent run blocker. He seals holes well, gets to the second level, and puts defenders on the ground regularly. Konz has done a fabulous job in pass protection for quarterback Russell Wilson. Not many centers enter the draft early. That goes for Wisconsin offensive linemen as well, so it would be somewhat surprising if he enters the 2012 draft. Late in the season, Konz dislocated his ankle and that caused him to sit out some games. He returned and played very well in the Rose Bowl against Oregon.
8/20/11: Peter Konz started 11 games in 2010 after starting nine games at center in 2009. He is a big, powerful blocker who has sound technique. Konz isn't the most mobile blocker, but Wisconsin has had a lot of production running behind him and up the middle of Big Ten defenses. Konz should have another year of that type of tape for NFL evaluators.
Ben Jones, C, Georgia
Height: 6-3. Weight: 316. Projected 40 Time: 5.17. Projected Round (2012): 2-3. 1/9/12: To start the season, Jones had a rough performance against Boise State and really struggled with defensive tackle Billy Winn. Jones (6-3, 316) allowed a sack and way too much pressure up the middle of the defense. After that game, he played really well for most of the year. Jones was a solid run blocker and improved his pass protection. He did not play well against LSU and Michigan State. Jones is a bigger center who would be a fit in a power run scheme, and he will need to get better as a pass rusher.
8/20/11: Ben Jones broke into the starting lineup as a freshman and has locked down the position for Georgia. He had excellent seasons in 2010 and 2009 to establish himself as one of the top centers in the SEC. Jones is a very good pass blocker, and a strong run blocker. For teams that like bigger centers over the smaller more mobile types, he could be an option to add some bulk and be a power center in the NFL.
Michael Brewster, C, Ohio State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 293. Projected 40 Time: 5.08. Projected Round (2012): 2-3. 1/9/12: Brewster had some late season struggles which have sent his stock down. He played poorly against Penn State and had problems snapping the ball due to being so preoccupied with blocking Devon Still. For some strange reason, his snaps trailed off as the season went on. In his bowl game versus Florida, Brewster did not play all that well.
Still, the senior is an intelligent technician who typically wins his block. He is well-rounded as a run blocker and pass blocker. Early in the season, Brewster had excellent games against Miami defensive tackle Marcus Forston, and Nebraska defensive tackles Jared Crick and Baker Steinkuhler. Brewster is athletic and mobile. The knock on him is his smaller size and lack of power as a run blocker. In the NFL, Brewster would excel in a passing-led offense or a zone-blocking run scheme.
8/20/11: Mike Brewster enters his senior year as the top center in the nation. He started as a freshman and has been a standout for the Buckeyes ever since. Brewster will be challenged with the turmoil at Ohio State. He will have to quickly get in tune with a new quarterback to take his snaps, and offensive tackle Mike Adams will be suspended for the first five games. Thus, some new challenges are in store for Brewster, but nothing that should hurt his draft stock. He is an excellent run blocker and pass protector. Brewster looks like the next center who could crack the top 25.
Philip Blake, C, Baylor
Height: 6-3. Weight: 320. Projected 40 Time: 5.58. Projected Round (2012): 2-3. 1/9/12: Throughout 2011, Blake was an excellent pass protector for Robert Griffin III, and opened up holes in the ground game for running back Terrance Ganaway. Blake is a good athlete for his size. He has the strength to push tackles aside and surprising quickness to hit blocks on linebackers. For the past two years, Blake has been the starter at center, having begun his collegiate career at tackle. To close out 2011, he had a lot of success going against Washington Huskies defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu in the Alamo Bowl. The Baylor Bears were able to have a massive game on the ground to the tune of 482 yards. In the NFL, Blake would probably fit best in a power man blocking scheme.
William Vlachos, C, Alabama
Height: 6-1. Weight: 294. Projected 40 Time: 5.13. Projected Round (2012): 2-3. 12/5/11: Vlachos has had an overall strong season. The senior has led a powerful interior running game for Alabama, but he struggled against LSU and its speedy interior linemen. However, Vlachos looks like a solid pick who will be able to play quickly in the NFL.
8/20/11: William Vlachos has been a two-year starter for the Crimson Tide, and in that time he has been a key factor in the Tide's strong ground game with running backs Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson. Vlachos is good at pulling and hitting blocks in space. He should have another solid season blocking for Richardson, and that should keep Vlachos in the second or third round.
David Molk, C, Michigan
Height: 6-2. Weight: 286. Projected 40 Time: 4.99. Projected Round (2012): 3-4. 1/9/12: Molk was an excellent college player, and he was the 2011 Remington Trophy recipient. Molk is a fast and mobile blocker who did a good job of opening up holes and protecting quarterback Denard Robinson. Molk is very undersized, and he could be lighter than his listed measurements. At the next level, Molk will have to be in a zone-blocking scheme to survive. He doesn't have size to fit in a power man blocking scheme, so that limits him to teams that are zone based, and not all of them need a center. If Molk was bigger and stronger to be an option for other schemes, he would be a definite second-day pick.
Quentin Saulsberry, C, Mississippi State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 300. Projected 40 Time: 5.10. Projected Round (2012): 3-4. 1/9/12: Saulsberry was an honorable All-SEC mention for his 2011 season at center. He did a good job of blocking for running back Vick Ballard. Saulsberry is a versatile player who has logged time at four of the five offensive line positions. He was the starter at right guard in 2010 and left guard in 2009. As a freshman, he was the starter at right tackle. In the NFL, Saulsberry could stay at center at his current weight. If the senior moves to guard, he will need to add some more bulk and power to his game. At the very least, Saulsberry should be a versatile backup for game days.
Ben Habern, C, Oklahoma
Height: 6-2. Weight: 291. Projected 40 Time: 5.28. Projected Round (2012): 3-4. 1/9/12: Habern started the season strong with three good games for the Sooners. He broke his arm against Missouri and missed the next four games. Habern had some inconsistencies later and that hurt his stock some this year. Habern looks like a better pass protector than run blocker.
8/20/11: Ben Habern has been a two-year starter for Oklahoma. Smaller and athletic, he is a strong pass blocker. Habern works well with Landry Jones, and should have another strong season in 2011. Habern was an All-Big XII honorable mention last year.
Garth Gerhart, C/G, Arizona State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 305. Projected 40 Time: 5.25. Projected Round (2012): 3-4. 1/9/12: Gerhart played well for Arizona State this season and improved his stock significantly. He is quick and athletic. That allows him to be effective when pulling. Gerhart also isn't afraid to get physical and fights through the whistle. He is a better run blocker than pass blocker. Gerhart needs to improve his awareness and get his head on swivel in pass protection. He struggled against Boise State and defensive tackle Billy Winn.
8/20/11: The younger brother of Toby Gerhart, Garth Gerhart found a home at center in 2010 and was an All-Pac-10 honorable mention. He started 12 games last season, after starting two at center in 2009 (and also started five 2009 games at right guard). Gerhart could be one of the better centers in the conference, but he needs a strong season to get drafted.
Grant Garner, C, Oklahoma State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 292. Projected 40 Time: 5.19. Projected Round (2012): 4-5. 1/9/12: Garner played well this season. He did well in run blocking, but was simply superb at keeping the pocket clean for quarterback Brandon Weeden. Garner played well against Stanford to conclude his career.
8/20/11: Grant Garner started every game at Oklahoma State last year in his first season as a starter. He did a good job blocking for quarterback Brandon Weeden and running back Kendall Hunter. Garner will need a strong season to solidify his draft status.
Scott Wedige, C, Northern Illinois
Height: 6-4. Weight: 314. Projected 40 Time: 5.18. Projected Round (2012): 3-4. 1/9/12: Wedige has done a good job of blocking for Chandler Harnish this season and has improved his draft stock.
8/20/11: Scott Wedige had an excellent debut as the starting center last season. He was an All-MAC first-teamer in 2010. Wedige was a very good pass blocker last season and Northern Illinois allowed less than a sack per game.
Moe Petrus, C/G, Connecticut
Height: 6-2. Weight: 293. Projected 40 Time: 5.16. Projected Round (2012): 4-6. 1/9/12: Petrus and the Connecticut offensive line had some mixed outings. He had some good plays but also got beat some against Pittsburgh. Petrus needed to play more consistently.
8/20/11: Moe Petrus started at left guard in 2008 before moving to the center position in 2009. He started at center the past two seasons and was an All-Big East second-team selection in 2010. Petrus has good mobility and quality strength. He helped pave the way for Jordan Todman to have a massive 2010 season.
Ben Burkett, C, Northwestern
Height: 6-4. Weight: 290. Projected 40 Time: 5.15. Projected Round (2012): 5-6. 1/9/12: Burkett had some quality games this season for the Wildcats. However, the senior did not play well against Illinois or Penn State, when he took on Devon Still. Burkett needs to get stronger for the next level.
8/20/11: Ben Burkett has started all 39 games at center for Northwestern the past three seasons. He has had to add strength and size over his collegiate career and that will need to continue for the NFL. Burkett can pass block, but he will need that bulk to be an effective run blocker at the NFL level.
Ben Bojicic, C, Bowling Green
Height: 6-5. Weight: 294. Projected 40 Time: 5.21. Projected Round (2012): 5-7. 1/9/12: Bojicic and the Bowling Green offense had a strong season.
8/20/11: Ben Bojicic has been a three-year starter for Bowling Green. He's missed some games each of the past couple of years, so it will be important for Bojicic to show that he can stay healthy and make every start in 2011. Bojicic has good mobility.
T-Bob Hebert, C, LSU
Height: 6-3. Weight: 300. Projected 40 Time: 5.13. Projected Round (2012): 6-FA. 1/9/12: Hebert has rotated in and out of the lineup for LSU due to injuries but has played well in his time thus far. He has good technique and has been well coached.
8/20/11: Like Snow, T-Bob Hebert has split time at guard and center. For the NFL, Hebert projects at center unless he can add 10-20 pounds of muscle. In 2009, Hebert started at center for 11 games. Last year, he was the starter at right guard for the final seven games. Hebert's draft status would be better off if he was playing center.
David Snow, C/G, Texas
Height: 6-4. Weight: 295. Projected 40 Time: 5.22. Projected Round (2012): 6-FA. 1/9/12: Snow played well in some of the early games but did not do well against Oklahoma or Baylor.
8/20/11: David Snow locked down the starting center position in 2010. He previously was a starter at right guard for five games in 2009. Snow is a good fundamental blocker. He needs a good season to get a draftable grade instead of being a priority, undrafted free agent.
Jeremiah Hatch, C, Kansas
Height: 6-1. Weight: 307. Projected 40 Time: 5.70. Projected Round (2012): 7-FA. 1/9/12: Hatch and the Kansas offense played well in stretches but had some struggles against Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Kansas State.
8/20/11: Jeremiah Hatch has been the starter at center the past two seasons. He has power to his game, and also has pretty good feet. Hatch started out his career at tackle before moving to center as a sophomore.