2023 NFL Draft Prospects: Center



The top 2023 Center prospects available for the 2023 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2023 prospect. ** - denotes 2026 prospect.

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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

2023 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

2024 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

  • '22 - Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa
  • '21 - Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
  • '20 - Cesar Ruiz, Michigan
1. Notre Dame image Jarrett Patterson, C, Notre Dame
Height: 6-4. Weight: 307.
Projected 40 Time: 5.30.
Projected Round (2023): 1-2
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9/17/22: Patterson was injured and missed the season opener against Ohio State.

6/29/22: Patterson enters the 2022 season having been a 3-year starter, and Notre Dame has graded that he has not allowed a sack throughout his career. Patterson is a polished technician who is a solid blocker in the ground game and in pass protection. If Patterson stays healthy, he will be extremely experienced as a 4-year starter and could compete for a starting job immediately in the NFL.





Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Cam Jurgens, Nebraska
  • '21 - Landon Dickerson, Alabama
  • '20 - Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU
2. TCU image Steve Avila, C, TCU
Height: 6-4. Weight: 334.
Projected 40 Time: 5.30.
Projected Round (2023): 1-3
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9/17/22: Team sources say that Avila is a solid player and looks like a future starter.

6/29/22: Avila is a big center who has also logged some starts at right tackle and right guard during his collegiate career. He is big and strong while possessing enough quickness and athleticism to remain at center in the NFL. With his skill set and experience, Avila could be a plug-and-play pro starter.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Luke Fortner, Kentucky
  • '21 - Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
  • '20 - Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
3. N.C. State image Dylan McMahon**, C, N.C. State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 300.
Projected 40 Time: 5.35.
Projected Round (2023): 3-5
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9/17/22: McMahon has played well so far this year. He is playing right guard for the Wolfpack, but he could be a center or a guard at the next level.

6/29/22: McMahon has played a lot of guard for the Wolfpack, but the NFL advance scouts project him as a center for the NFL. Adding some strength would help McMahon as a pro, but he has talent to develop for the next level.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Dylan Parham, Memphis
  • '21 - Trey Hill, Georgia
  • '20 - Matt Hennessy, Temple
4. Michigan image Olusegun Oluwatimi, C, Michigan
Height: 6-3. Weight: 310.
Projected 40 Time: 5.15.
Projected Round (2023): 3-5
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9/17/22: Oluwatimi has cruised over easy opponents thus far in 2022.

6/29/22: Oluwatimi started 32 straight games for Virginia, and in 2021, he turned in a strong year at center. He was a quality pass protector over the past few seasons for the Cavaliers, and Oluwatimi is a well-rounded contributor. After the 2021 season, Oluwatimi went the graduate transfer route to land at Michigan.





Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Alec Lindstrom, Boston College
  • '21 - Jimmy Morrissey, Pittsburgh
  • '20 - Nick Harris, Washington
5. Alabama image Darrian Dalcourt, C, Alabama
Height: 6-3. Weight: 305.
Projected 40 Time: 5.30.
Projected Round (2023): 3-5
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9/17/22: Seth McLaughlin was on NFL teams' preseason watchlist, but Dalcourt beat him out for the starting center spot. Dalcourt is in his second season as a starter for Alabama and is a dependable blocker.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Nick Ford, Utah
  • '21 - Josh Myers, Ohio State
  • '20 - Trystan Colon-Castillo, Missouri
6. Ohio State image Luke Wypler*, C, Ohio State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 300.
Projected 40 Time: 5.22.
Projected Round (2023): 4-6
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9/17/22: Wypler has had a solid start to the season for the Buckeyes.

6/29/22: Wypler flashed enough to get included on NFL teams' preseason watch list, and he has the upside to improve as he gains experience. Wypler could stand to get stronger for the NFL. If he is smaller than his listed numbers, the lack of length could be an issue that leads to him going lower.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Ben Brown, Ole Miss
  • '21 - Michal Menet, Penn State
  • '20 - Jake Hanson, Oregon
7. Oregon image Alex Forsyth, C, Oregon
Height: 6-3. Weight: 303.
Projected 40 Time: 5.22.
Projected Round (2023): 4-6
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9/17/22: Forsyth had some nice plays and ugly ones against Georgia in the season opener.

6/29/22: In 2018 and 2019, Forsyth saw some backup snaps at left and right guard, as well as right tackle. In 2020, he took over as the starting center for the Ducks, and he has been a solid blocker since then. Forsyth could stand to get stronger for the NFL.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Derek Kerstetter, Texas
  • '21 - Shane McGough, Florida International
  • '20 - Darryl Williams, Mississippi State
8. Arkansas image Ricky Stromberg, C, Arkansas
Height: 6-4. Weight: 318.
Projected 40 Time: 5.45.
Projected Round (2023): 5-7
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9/17/22: Stromberg has had a strong start to the season as a run blocker and pass protector.

6/29/22: As a freshman in 2019, Stromberg was a starting guard for the Razorbacks. He stayed at guard to start out 2020, but then moved to center, which he has manned since then. Stromberg has good size for the NFL, and it will be interesting to see if he can handle speed rushers. If Stromberg shows improvement, he could rise.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Matt Allen, Michigan State
  • '21 - Jordan Reid, Michigan State
  • '20 - Keith Ismael, San Diego State
9. Iowa State image Trevor Downing, C/G, Iowa State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 310.
Projected 40 Time: 5.28.
Projected Round (2023): 5-7
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9/17/22: Downing is starting at center. He was solid versus Iowa.

6/28/22: Downing has played guard and center for the Cyclones, with guard being his primary position. He has solid technique in pass protection and did a respectable job of run blocking for Breece Hall in 2021. Downing could fit as an interior backup at guard and center.





Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Doug Kramer, Illinois
  • '21 - Drake Jackson, Kentucky
  • '20 - Frederick Mauigoa, Washington State
10. Wake Forest image Michael Jurgens*, C, Wake Forest
Height: 6-4. Weight: 298.
Projected 40 Time: 5.25.
Projected Round (2023): 5-7
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9/17/22: Jurgens is starting at center for Wake Forest.

6/29/22: Jurgens broke into the starting lineup in 2020 and has been a steady center for the Demon Deacons. Jurgens possesses some upside, but he needs to get stronger for the NFL.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Andrew Stueber, Michigan
  • '21 - Joe Sculthorpe, N.C. State
  • '20 - T.J. McCoy, Louisville
11. Michigan State image Nick Samac, C, Michigan State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 310.
Projected 40 Time: 5.40.
Projected Round (2023): 6-FA
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9/17/22: This year, Samac is starting at center for the Spartans.

6/29/22: Samac split center duties with Matt Allen previously, but he was impressive enough in part-time duty to make it onto NFL teams' watchlist. Samac could rise with Allen in the NFL and taking over as the full-time center.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Luke Wattenberg, Washington
  • '20 - Kenny Cooper, Georgia Tech
12. Georgia image Warren Ericson, C, Georgia
Height: 6-4. Weight: 305.
Projected 40 Time: 5.25.
Projected Round (2023): 6-FA
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9/17/22: Ericson did not win a starting spot and is currently a backup.

6/28/22: Ericson was stuck behind Trey Hill for a few years, but started to work his way onto the field in 2020 at guard and center. In 2021, Ericson was a starter at right guard and center for the Bulldogs, showing the ability to run block and help keep a clean pocket. Ericson has a quality skill set and the upside to be an interior flex starter at guard or center.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Chris Owens, Alabama
  • '20 - Zach Shackelford, Texas
13. Alabama image Seth McLaughlin*, C/OG, Alabama
Height: 6-4. Weight: 295.
Projected 40 Time: 5.30.
Projected Round (2023): 6-FA
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9/17/22: McLaughlin is a backup right now.

6/29/22: McLaughlin took on a starting role late in his sophomore season, but he played well for Alabama to close out 2021. He could rise as he gains experience, and it would help him to add more weight to his frame.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - James Empey, BYU
14. Arkansas Pine-Bluff image Mark Evans II, C, Arkansas Pine-Bluff
Height: 6-4. Weight: 295.
Projected 40 Time: 5.28.
Projected Round (2023): 7-FA
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9/17/22: Evans needs to impress at an all-star game to rise.

6/29/22: Evans is a starting left tackle for Pine Bluff, but his body type is a better fit at center in the NFL. Evans needs to perform well at an all-star game to rise.





15. Minnesota image John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota
Height: 6-4. Weight: 320.
Projected 40 Time: 5.38.
Projected Round (2023): 7-FA
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9/17/22: Schmitz is starting at center for Minnesota.

6/29/22: Schmitz is a big center who has the length and weight at the point of attack and enters his senior year with 23 career starts. His quickness and athleticism are questions, and he will need to show that he can take on speed rushers. The advance scouts have him on their preseason watch list with a late grade, but Schmitz has the opportunity to rise as a senior.



16. USC image Brett Neilon, C, USC
Height: 6-2. Weight: 295.
Projected 40 Time: 5.30.
Projected Round (2023): 7-FA
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9/17/22: Neilon has played well for the Trojans thus far in 2022. He would be rated higher if he weren't so undersized.

6/29/22: Neilon has been a multi-year starter and asteady interior blocker for USC. He lacks the size and length to play guard, which hurts his potential for the pros. Neilon needs to get stronger and add weight to his frame for taking on NFL defensive linemen.





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

2023 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

2024 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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