2016 Preseason All-American Projections: Centers

By Charlie Campbell
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Heading into the 2016 college football season WalterFootball.com will debut our projections for the nation’s leaders during the fall. The All-American teams always have some surprises and the stars of next fall could be the headlining players next April in the 2017 NFL Draft.

First-Team Center: Ethan Pocic, LSU

Last year, Leonard Fournette was one of the most dominant players in college football, but a big part of his success was the LSU offensive line. Pocic was the leading blocker in the interior for LSU and the big center had an excellent season. He was very good at opening holes for Fournette and protecting his quarterback. There is some talk that the 6-foot-7, 309-pounder will move to tackle this season, but if he plays center, he could easily be the best in the nation.

Second-Team Center: Dan Voltz, Wisconsin

Wisconsin always features a tough ground game and some talented offensive linemen. Voltz (6-3, 311) has the size and strength to be a starter in the NFL. He was an effective run-blocker for Melvin Gordon in 2014. Voltz is strong at the point of attack, but needs to improve his pass protection and ability to handle speed rushers for the NFL. He earned the starting center position as a redshirt freshman in 2013. Voltz could have his best football ahead of him this fall.

Third-Team Center: Kyle Fuller, Baylor

Fuller (6-5, 315) has produced two quality seasons starting on the inside for Baylor. At the point of attack, Fuller is effective at opening holes in the ground game and was generally reliable in pass protection. He has versatile size to play guard or center. Fuller started every game as a sophomore and did a nice job of protecting quarterback Bryce Petty. Fuller has upside to get better as a senior in 2016.

Honorable Mentions: Southern Mississippi’s Cameron Tom, Washington State’s Riley Sorenson, Auburn’s Austin Golson, Miami’s Nick Linder, West Virginia’s Tyler Orlosky, South Carolina’s Cory Helms, Ohio State’s Billy Price and Clemson’s Jay Guillermo.

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