2018 NFL Draft Prospects: Centers



By Charlie Campbell.
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The top 2018 Center prospects available for the 2018 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2019 prospect. ** - denotes 2020 prospect.

This page was last updated Sept. 16, 2017. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.
2017 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

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


  1. Billy Price, C/G, Ohio State
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 315.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.34.
    Projected Round (2018): 1-3.

    9/16/17: Price has impressed NFL evaluators, both with his work in fall training camp and in the first games of the 2017 season. They say that Price plays within himself. They like his awareness and call him an above-average athlete. He isn't overly fast or twitchy like the Pouncey brothers, but Price has movement skills and is better than average in space. The sources also like that Price handles big nose tackles well, which can be difficult for centers and is a hard-to-find talent. As a result of his well-balanced play, Price is being viewed as a prospect who could go in the early rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft. One team source thought that if Josh Garnett and Laken Tomlinson were worthy first-round picks, than Price could be as well because they feel Price is a better player than either of Garnett or Tomlinson. Teams are projecting Price to be a starting center in the NFL.

    7/17/17: Price had problems with penalties in 2016, including three in the season opener, but blocked well for the Buckeyes. He has size and some athleticism at the point of attack. His run blocking is ahead of his pass protection. The junior was wise to return for his senior year, which should help improve his pass blocking.

    Price broke into the starting lineup in 2014, and his play has steadily improved. In the ground game, he helped open a lot of holes for Ezekiel Elliott while becoming more reliable in pass protection. Price has upside and could easily rise in these rankings during the 2017 season.






  2. Frank Ragnow, C/G, Arkansas
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 317.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.24.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-3.

    9/16/17: While Ragnow has been solid, Arkansas hasn't been as efficient at running the ball this year.

    7/17/17: Ragnow could be in the running to be one of the top center prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft. Over the past two seasons, he hasn't allowed a single sack while taking on excellent competition. As one can expect coming from Arkansas, Ragnow is also a tough run blocker. He is a technician who enters his senior year having made 26 straight starts. As a sophomore, Ragnow was the Razorbacks starter at right guard. He has the size to be a guard or center in the NFL.


  3. Will Clapp*, C/G, LSU
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 309.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.20.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-3.

    9/16/17: Clapp and LSU have cruised thus far, but the schedule is about to get tougher.

    7/17/17: One could argue that Clapp was LSU's best interior lineman over Ethan Pocic in 2016. Clapp has dealt with a shoulder injury, but the plan is for him to be the starting center for the Tigers in 2017. He is a tough run blocker at the point of attack and reliable in pass protection.


  4. Scott Quessenberry*, C/G, UCLA
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 314.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.29.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-3.

    9/16/17: Quessenberry has blocked well for UCLA. He was very good in the second half of the opener to help the Bruins pull off their legendary comeback over Texas A&M.

    7/17/17: Quessenberry was UCLA's starting center in 2016 and did a nice job. He saw game action as a sophomore and freshman before missing the 2015 season. Quessenberry has the size to play guard or center in the NFL.




  5. Alec Eberle*, C, Florida State
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 300.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.11.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-4.

    9/16/17: Eberle and the Florida State offensive line struggled against Alabama in the season opener. Eberle struggled to open holes in the ground game, and starting quarterback Deondre Francois suffered a season-ending injury. The injury wasn't from a missed block by Eberle, but the line as a unit allowed far too many hits on its quarterback.

    7/17/17: 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.


  6. Bradley Bozeman, C, Alabama
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 319.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.24.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-4.

    9/16/17: Bozeman had a quality debut against Florida State to open the season. He has good size for center in the NFL.

    7/17/17: Bozeman was Alabama's replacement for Ryan Kelly and put together an impressive season as the starting center. Bozeman has good size and strength, and shows the ability to develop into a good technician. He could be even better in 2017 due to having a year of starting experience. Bozeman was a backup as a sophomore and freshman, but made two starts in 2014 when Kelly was out with an injury.


  7. Ross Pierschbacher*, C/G, Alabama
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 303.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.24.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-4.

    9/16/17: Pierschbacher starts at left guard and had a quality start to the season for Alabama. Returning for his senior year and moving to center could be the future for Pierschbacher.

    7/17/17: Pierschbacher 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 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 at center, Pierschbacher is likely to be a guard for Alabama, although he could get center consideration by the NFL.




  8. Austin Golson, C, Auburn
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 304.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.22.
    Projected Round (2018): 3-5.

    9/16/17: Golson didn't play well against Clemson in Week 2 as Auburn gave up 11 sack. Auburn has now allowed 14 sacks through two games. However a lot of the problems for the line came at left tackle with Prince Tega Wanogho, left guard Mike Horton, and at right tackle. Golson and right guard Braden Smith were much better than the other three linemen.

    7/17/17: Golson started out his collegiate career at Ole Miss before transferring to Auburn. At Ole Miss, he saw some time at guard as a true freshman in 2013 and then sat out the 2014 season.

    Golson became Auburn's starting center in 2015 and had a quality season despite some injuries. He continued his quality play in 2016. Golson started out at left tackle before being switched to center. During spring ball of 2017, he took some snaps at right guard but the transfer addition of former Florida State guard Wilson Bell should allow Golson to remain at center in 2017.


  9. Mason Cole, C, Michigan
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 305.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.09.
    Projected Round (2018): 3-5.

    9/16/17: Cole had a quality start to the season with a solid performance against Florida. The senior is a solid player, but he doesn't have a special trait, such as being very strong or particularly athletic. Some sources have said that Cole isn't as tall as his listed numbers and that they see some limitations to him for the NFL.

    7/17/17: With Graham Glasgow in the NFL in 2016, Cole moved to center and had a good season for the Wolverines. He could stand to get stronger and improve his pass protection for the NFL. Cole was Michigan's starting left tackle during 2014 and 2015 and really improved in that time. For the NFL, Cole would fit best at center.


  10. Nick Linder, C, Miami
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 302.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.22.
    Projected Round (2018): 4-6.

    9/16/17: Miami rolled Bethune-Cookman in Week 1. The team's Week 2 game against Arkansas State was canceled, and Week 3 versus Florida State was moved to October 7th because of Hurricane Irma.

    7/17/17: Linder had an up-and-down performance as a sophomore, but was better as a junior in 2016. He improved in allowing less pressure on Brad Kaaya, and the Miami line was improved in the ground game. Linder is the younger brother Brandon Linder, a starting offensive lineman for the Jaguars and a former Hurricane.




  11. Coleman Shelton, C, Washington
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 293.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.10.
    Projected Round (2018): 4-6.

    9/16/17: Shelton has played well at center at Washington, showing a lot of versatility in his collegiate career - his 7/17/17 entry. Center is his best position for the NFL, but Shelton needs to get stronger.

    7/17/17: Shelton had a solid junior season as the starting center for Washington. As a sophomore, he showed some versatility with two starts at left guard, seven starts at right guard, and two starts at left tackle. As a redshirt freshman in 2014, Shelton was the starter at right tackle. He should add weight for the NFL, but could draw interest as a versatile backup on game days while he works on developing his strength.


  12. Sam Mustipher*, C, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 305.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.24.
    Projected Round (2018): 6-FA.

    9/16/17: Mustipher has played well in the early going of 2017. He has helped the freshman on the right side because the Fighting Irish having a dominant left side of the line. Mustipher lacks strength to get movement for the NFL and has some size limitations.

    7/17/17: Mustipher took over as the starting center after Nick Martin moved on to the NFL. He had a decent season, but has some size issues for the NFL. Mustipher has the luxury of playing next to an elite guard in Quenton Nelson. Mustipher is a senior, but has two seasons of eligibility, so he could return to Notre Dame in 2018.


  13. Tony Adams, C, N.C. State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 300.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.22.
    Projected Round (2018): 6-FA.

    9/16/17: Adams is a good college player who faces size limitations for the NFL.

    7/17/17: Adams is a highly experienced starter for the Wolfpack. He impressed in pass protection as a junior as he did not allow a sack all season. Adams would be rated higher if he were taller and had more length, but his lack of height and length will hurt his draft grade. Moving to center would help his NFL hopes.


  14. Brian Allen, C, Michigan State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 304.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.12.
    Projected Round (2018): 7-FA.

    9/16/17: Sources have told me that Allen is getting very-late-round or undrafted free agent grades. They like Allen because he is a tough player who plays with a salty demeanor and is a physical blocker. He's 6-foot-1, however, and there are very few centers who can stick in the NFL at that height. Allen also can't get movement and struggles with odd fronts. He is a good college player, but has limitations that could prevent him from translating to the NFL.

    7/17/17: Allen was solid at center for Michigan State in 2016. He looks limited in size and athleticism for the NFL, similar to his brother Jack Allen. Brian Allen has started mostly at guard, but also has a few starts at center. Despite being undersized, he was one of Michigan State's better run blockers in 2015. In 2016, Allen replaced his brother as the starting center for the Spartans, yet went undrafted in 2016.


2017 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

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




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