2017 Preseason All-American Projections: Centers

By Charlie Campbell
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Heading into the 2017 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 2018 NFL Draft.

First-Team Center: Frank Ragnow, Arkansas

Ragnow (6-5, 317) 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, despite taking on excellent competition. As 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. Ragnow has the size to be a guard or center in the NFL.

Second-Team Center: Mason Cole, Michigan

With Graham Glasgow in the NFL in 2016, Cole moved to center and had a good season for the Wolverines. The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder is a good technician who is developing well for Jim Harbaugh and his staff. Cole was Michigan’s starting left tackle during 2014 and 2015 and really improved in that time. His best fit comes at center, and the senior should be among the best centers in college football for 2017.

Third-Team Center: Will Clapp, LSU

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. Clapp could produce a big season blocking for Derrius Guice and earn a lot of postseason honors.

Honorable Mentions: Ohio State’s Billy Price, UCLA’s Scott Quessenberry, Florida State’s Alec Eberle, Alabama’s Bradley Bozeman, Auburn’s Austin Golson, Miami’s Nick Linder and Michigan State’s Brian Allen.

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