With the combine all wrapped up, eDraft will now rank their top players at each position. Please be aware that these rankings were made from a combination of writers on the site. We start our ranking series with the center position. Perhaps one of the most underrated positions on the offense, a center must point out to his offensive line if any blitzes are coming. Only guys who are smart and athletic can play this position.
The center position hasn't held its value lately in the NFL Draft, because you can still find a quality player in the later rounds. But the Dallas Cowboys drafted Travis Frederick in the first round in 2013, and they haven't looked back. Having a quality center is something offenses can build around. Players like Jonathan Goodwin and Alex Mack are extremely important to their offenses. Without further ado, let's take a look at eDraft's official rankings for the center position.
5. Marcus Martin, USC
A three-year starter at USC, Martin is very athletic and versatile for a guy who weighs more than 320 pounds. Playing at Southern California, Martin has gone to a school that has produced many quality offensive linemen. With speed in the middle and his nastiness, Martin projects a good road-grader in the NFL. The fourth round is not out of the question for the ex-Trojan.
4. Bryan Stork, Florida State
There is a reason why Jameis Winston, Devonta Freeman, and Kelvin Benjamin had a lot of success in 2013. A large part of that had to do with the offensive line. Stork is extremely quick off the ball, and he had over 40 starts at Florida State. Stork could also play one of the guard positions as he plays with good pad-level.
3. Weston Richburg, Colorado State
Although he is a little small at 295 pounds, Richburg plays much bigger than his actual size. With some bulk added on, Richburg should find much more success when run-blocking. The best thing Richburg can do is make blocks around the edge meaning he would be used best in the NFL in a power-running scheme.
2. Tyler Larsen, Utah State
At 6'5", Larsen is a pretty intimidating player. He also is relatively athletic especially for his size. He is strong enough to move defensive tackles, and he is fast enough to seal the edge. Those two traits are important for any position on the offensive line, but it is even more valuable for a center to do those two things.
1. Travis Swanson, Arkansas
Playing against SEC competition, there is not really a better center in this draft. Swanson is a mauler, and it's as simple as that. He is without a doubt the best at his position against the run. Also, his skill against the pass isn't too shabby either. I believe Swanson will get drafted by a team at the end of the second round. He also could play one of the guard positions if needed. The ex-Razorback also has the most potential out of any player at this position for the future.