2022 NFL Draft Prospects: Center



The top 2022 Center prospects available for the 2022 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2022 prospect. ** - denotes 2025 prospect.

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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

2021 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

2022 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

Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Cesar Ruiz, Michigan
  • '19 - Erik McCoy, Texas A&M
1. Boston College image Alec Lindstrom, C, Boston College
Height: 6-3. Weight: 302.
Projected 40 Time: 5.25.
Projected Round (2022): 2-3.
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7/3/21: Lindstrom was solid in 2020 and is a tough player at the point of attack. If the name sounds familiar, that's because Alec Lindstrom is the younger brother of Atlanta Falcons guard Chris Lindstrom, a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Alec Lindstrom took a medical redshirt in 2017. A year later, he was mostly a backup center, but then in 2019 as a redshirt sophomore, he played well as the center for Boston College.

Lindstrom has quality height and length for center, but could use more weight for the NFL. That could come along as he ages. Alec and Chris' father, also named Chris, played in the NFL and coached them in high school. Hence, the brothers are polished and more developed in technique than the average player.





Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU
  • '19 - Garrett Bradbury, N.C. State
2. Texas Tech image Dawson Deaton, C, Texas Tech
Height: 6-5. Weight: 300.
Projected 40 Time: 5.25.
Projected Round (2022): 2-4.
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7/3/21: Deaton broke into the starting lineup as a redshirt sophomore and quickly established himself as one of the better offensive interior linemen in the Big XII. Deaton has quality size, length and athleticism. It would be good to see him continue to add strength for the NFL. If Deaton stays healthy as a senior, he will enter the NFL with over 30 straight starts and solid experience.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
  • '19 - Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State
3. Texas A&M image Luke Matthews*, C, Texas A&M
Height: 6-4. Weight: 315.
Projected 40 Time: 5.28.
Projected Round (2022): 3-5.
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7/3/21: Matthews is the latest in the family line stemming from Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews. Luke Matthews followed brother Jake to Texas A&M, but unlike his brother, Luke Matthews could be more of a candidate to play on the inside of the offensive line at the next level.

Luke Matthews broke into the starting lineup in 2019 after redshirting in 2018. He had a solid debut and showed the skill set to play at guard or center. An injury knocked him out of the 2020 season, but Matthews is receiving a lot of praise about his potential from Jimbo Fisher and other teammates as he takes over as the starting center.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Matt Hennessy, Temple
  • '19 - Michael Jordan, Ohio State
4. Utah image Nick Ford, C, Utah
Height: 6-3. Weight: 303.
Projected 40 Time: 5.39.
Projected Round (2022): 4-6.
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7/3/21: Ford played all over the offensive line for the Utes over the past three seasons. The majority of his starts (13) came at right guard, but he also started at center (4), left guard (6), right tackle (2) and left tackle (1). For the NFL, Ford projects to playing center because he is undersized for guard or tackle. On NFL teams' preseason watch list, Ford is listed as a center.





Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Nick Harris, Washington
  • '19 - Connor McGovern, Penn State
5. Ole Miss image Ben Brown, C/G, Ole Miss
Height: 6-4. Weight: 318.
Projected 40 Time: 5.3.
Projected Round (2022): 4-6.
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7/3/21: Brown enters his senior year having made 32 consecutive starts for the Rebels. During his sophomore and freshman seasons, Brown started at right guard, but the Rebels moved him to the middle for his junior year. Brown has good size and could be a valuable guard/center backup to start out his NFL career.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Trystan Colon-Castillo, Missouri
  • '19 - Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama
6. Texas image Derek Kerstetter, C/G, Texas
Height: 6-4. Weight: 299.
Projected 40 Time: 5.3.
Projected Round (2022): 4-6.
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7/3/21: Kerstetter was solid, but unimpressive, for Texas in 2020. For the next level, he could offer versatility as a game=day backup who can be cross-trained at a few positions. He has played all over the offensive line for the Longhorns. On NFL team's preseason watch list, they have him as a tackle but given his size he could easily end playing more on the inside. He could stand to get stronger for the next level.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Jake Hanson, Oregon
  • '19 - Sean Rawlings, Ole Miss
7. Michigan State image Matt Allen, C, Michigan State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 311.
Projected 40 Time: 5.35.
Projected Round (2022): 5-7.
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7/3/21: Allen is a quality college player, but he is more of a backup for the NFL. Allen lacks length and is short, but he is competitor and plays tough. Matt Allen is the third Allen boy to be a solid starting center for Michigan State following his older brothers Jack (2012-2015) and Brian (2014-2017). Similar to his brothers, Matt Allen is a dependable center who has athletic limitations to go along with being on the smaller side for the NFL. Allen's run blocking is better than his pass protection. His older brothers did not become good pros, so that doesn't help Matt Allen's projection with teams.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Darryl Williams, Mississippi State
  • '19 - Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame
8. Illinois image Doug Kramer, C, Illinois
Height: 6-2. Weight: 306.
Projected 40 Time: 5.24.
Projected Round (2022): 6-FA.
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7/3/21: Kramer had a solid 2020. He has size limitations for the NFL, but he is a tough competitor and could overcome his weaknesses to stick in the pros. Kramer started 27 straight games before missing the Redbox Bowl with an ankle injury in 2019. He is a tough player who is a well-rounded blocker, but he is undersized for the NFL and lacking in length and weight.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Keith Ismael, San Diego State
  • '19 - Alec Eberle, Florida State
9. Alabama image Chris Owens, C/G, Alabama
Height: 6-2. Weight: 305.
Projected 40 Time: 5.57.
Projected Round (2022): 7-FA.
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7/3/21: Owens played guard and center for Alabama in 2020, showing the versatility to help at a variety of spots. He replaced Landon Dickerson for the conclusion of the season after Dickerson was injured against Florida in the SEC Championship, and Owens played well in the college football playoff. In 2021, Owens could take over as the full-time center for the Crimson Tide.





Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Frederick Mauigoa, Washington State
  • '19 - Jesse Burkett, Stanford
10. BYU image James Empey, C, BYU
Height: 6-3. Weight: 289.
Projected 40 Time: 5.3.
Projected Round (2022): 7-FA.
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7/3/21: Empey has been a good center for BYU over the past few seasons and did a nice job of protecting Zach Wilson in 2020. He is dependable in the ground game and in pass protection. It was his second season as a starter after earning the starting center spot for his redshirt freshman season. His father, Mike, has coached the offensive line and tight ends at BYU.




Other late-round and third-day prospects on NFL teams' radar according to team sources:
Josh McCauley, Arizona
Nick Brahms, Auburn
James Empey, BYU
Michael Saffell, California
Colby Pursell, Colorado
Jack Wohlabaugh, Duke
Doug Kramer, Illinois
John Michael Schmitz, Minnesota
Brian Anderson, North Carolina
Alan Ali, SMU
Brock Hoffman, Virginia Tech
Keegan Cryder
Other late-round and undrafted free agent potential players according to team sources:
Chris Owens, Alabama
Kary Lutsch, Colorado
Kenny Cooper, Georgia Tech
Kody Russey, Houston
Colin Newell, Iowa State
Liam Shanahan, LSU
Cole Bentley, Louisville
Michael Gerace, Maine
Corey Gaynor, Miami
Eli Johnson, New Mexico State
Grant Gibson, N.C. State
Manase Mose, North Texas
Sam Gerak, Northwestern
Nick Sink, Ohio
Danny Godlevske, Oklahoma State
Isaac Weaver, Old Dominion
Gerard Wheeler, Tulsa
Demytrick Ali'fua, Utah State
Ahofitu Maka, UTSA
Ben Bos, Weber State


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

2021 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

2022 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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