C Rankings 2017 NFL Center Rankings Projected Rounds: 1. Will Clapp, C, LSU: Round 2, 2. Mason Cole, C, Michigan: Round 3, 3. Bradley Bozeman, C, Alabama: Round 3, 4. Jesse Burkett, C, Stanford: Round 3, 5. Coleman Shelton, C, Washington: Round 3, 6. Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas: Round 3, 7. Brian Allen, C, Michigan State: Round 4, 8. Billy Price, C, Ohio State: Round 4, 9. Alex Officer, C, Pittsburgh: Round 4, 10. Austin Schlottman, C, TCU: Round 4, 11. Jake Bennett, C, Colorado State: Round 5, 12. Jonathan Alvarez, C, Oklahoma: Round 5, 13. Scott Quissenbery, C, UCLA: Round 6, 14. Austin Golson, C, Auburn: Round 7, 15. Joe Gibson, C, Kansas: Round 7


2018 NFL Draft: Center Rankings





Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: October 8, 2017.



  1. Will Clapp, C, LSU Projected Round 2nd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-5 314 lb Will Clapp is my favorite to be the first center drafted. Like last year there really isn't a first round center. There were two centers that got late first round consideration, but both have disappointed so far. Clapp is still playing like the best center in the country despite a sloppy game against the Troy Trojans with some inconsistent plays by Clapp.


    Clapp has the versatility to play left guard, center, or right guard with experience starting at all three positions on the interior offensive line. He's not as versatile as Pocic who could play all five positions on the offensive line, but like Pocic he's probably the first center drafted in 2018.


    Will Clapp SWOT Report

    Strengths: Will Clapp has the pass blocking, pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking, run blocking strength, run blocking footwork, and zone blocking you want your starting center to have. Clapp has the upper body strength to push defenders back and can get that first step quickness off the point of attack on running plays.


    Will Clapp showed the versatility to play left guard center, right guard at LSU. Clapp played right guard most of his 2015 season as a true freshman. He moved to left guard as a sophomore in 2016 and moved to center this season in 2017. He's shown the ability to learn new plays quickly while adjusting on the fly.


    Weaknesses: Will Clapp struggled on a few assignments versus Troy. To Clapp's defense he still made some outstanding blocks and he didn't have Derrius Guice last Saturday either.


    Opportunities: A team like the Green Bay Packers may consider Clapp in the late second round. It's hard to say what team gets Clapp. Do not rule out a team like the New York Jets either since they have two second round picks including one from Seattle. A team like the San Francisco 49ers could also be in play.


    Threats: Will Clapp has only one year of experience at each position he has played. Some scouts will say that's a threat, but his football IQ is so high that you have to overlook this with Clapp.


    Potential Grade: 93/99



    Before 2017

    Will Clapp started the 2015 season at right guard as a true freshman. He moved over to left guard in 2016. He's going to make the move to center as a junior in 2017 and could be a high draft pick with a big season.




  2. Mason Cole, C, Michigan Projected Round 3rd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-2 305 lb Mason Cole put on 10 lbs of muscle after being only 6-2 295 lbs. Michigan moved Cole back from center to left tackle in 2017.


    Mason Cole SWOT Report

    Strengths: Mason Cole has the pass blocking, pass blocking footwork, run blocking, run blocking footwork, and zone blocking you want your starting center to have.


    Weaknesses: Mason Cole was awful on tape versus Florida. He got pancaked by Malik McDowell last year too. Cole needs to get stronger.


    Opportunities: The New York Jets or San Francisco 49ers in the early part of the third round would both be great fits.


    Threats: Mason Cole needs to get drafted by a team that will use him as a center. If he gets drafted by a team hoping to play him at left tackle or guard he's screwed.


    Potential Grade: 89/99



    Before 2017

    Mason Cole played left tackle his first two seasons at Michigan. He was the first true freshman in Michigan history to start at left tackle. Not even Jake Long the #1 pick in the 2008 NFL Draft can say that. Ten years later Cole is one of the top centers in the 2018 NFL Draft after converting from left tackle to center in 2018.




  3. Bradley Bozeman, C, Alabama Projected Round 3rd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-4 311 lb Bradley Bozeman enters Alabama's second season as the teams starting center. He did well as a run blocker versus Derrick Nnadi and Florida State, but struggled in pass protection.


    Bradley Bozeman SWOT Report

    Strengths: Bradley Bozeman has the run blocking, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork to thrive as a run blocker. That and his big frame make Bozeman intriguing.


    Weaknesses: Bozeman needs to improve his pass blocking, pass blocking strength, and pass blocking footwork on tape. If Bozeman can do that he has a chance to be the top center drafted.


    Opportunities: Teams like the Los Angeles Rams, New York Jets, and San Francisco 49ers are all possibilities in the third round.


    Threats: There are no threats with Bradley Bozeman. He doesn't have the ceiling of a Will Clapp type of center, but he's a safe prospect that should be a future starter in a run blocking scheme.


    Potential Grade: 89/99



    Before 2017

    Bradley Bozeman was a 6-4 320 lb offensive tackle coming out of high school. Having a 5.75 40 time heading into his freshman year of Alabama when the team had Cam Robinson convinced Saban he needed to kick inside to center. He sat behind Ryan Kelly for two years and took over as the starting center last season as a junior after Kelly got drafted in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.




  4. Jesse Burkett, C, Stanford Projected Round 3rd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-4 304 lb Jesse Burkett is an elite run blocker. If he can work on pass protection and maintaining blocks like Bradley Bozeman he could move up.


    Jesse Burkett SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jesse Burkett did a good job pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking. Run blocking strength and run blocking footwork is there. He should be one of the first four centers drafted. Really paved the way for Stanford's emerging replacement for Christian McCaffrey in Bryce Love.


    Weaknesses: Jesse Burkett needs to improve his hand placement on passing plays. He doesn't engage with defenders enough either. Lacks the pass blocking strength or pass blocking footwork to maintain blocks on passing plays.


    Opportunities: A team like the Los Angeles Rams could really enhance Todd Gurley's success on the ground with an addition like Burkett. Burkett won't give Goff more time in the pocket though.


    Threats: There are no threats with Jesse Burkett. He's one of the safer prospects.


    Potential Grade: 88/99



    Before 2017

    Jesse Burkett is mainly a center. He also has experience at right guard though as a secondary position.




  5. Coleman Shelton, C, Washington Projected Round 3rd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-4 299 lb Coleman Shelton has the tools to be a future center. He also has some areas in his game he needs to work on.


    Coleman Shelton SWOT Report

    Strengths: Coleman Shelton did a good job pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking. Run blocking strength and run blocking footwork is there. He should be one of the first four centers drafted. Does a good job in pass protection for quarterback Jake Browning. Is an elite run blocker for Myles Gaskin. Excellent communicator. May be the best communicator among centers in the 2018 NFL Draft. Versatile enough to play left tackle, left guard, center, rigth guard, and right tackle. He's the only center in this draft with versatility to play all 5 positions on the offensive line.


    Weaknesses: Coleman Shelton needs to improve his hand placement. He doesn't engage with defenders enough either. Lacks the pass blocking strength or pass blocking footwork to maintain blocks on passing plays.


    Opportunities: A team like the Los Angeles Rams could really enhance Todd Gurley's success on the ground with an addition like Shelton. Shelton won't give Goff more time in the pocket though.


    Threats: Coleman Shelton was 285 lbs entering Washington. He's only 299 lbs now and that's a concern.


    Potential Grade: 87/99



    Before 2017

    Coleman Shelton played left tackle in High School despite being only 285 lbs he displayed a mean streak when blocking. Shelton has experience at left tackle, left guard, center, right guard, and right tackle. Having the versatility to play all five spots on the offensive line makes him a future starter in my mind.




  6. Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas Projected Round 3rd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-5 317 lb center has experience at left guard, center, and right guard. That versatility to play all 3 spots on the interior offensive line is quite an asset for Frank Ragnow out of Arkansas.


    Frank Ragnow SWOT Report

    Strengths: Frank Ragnow has the pass blocking and run blocking to start at center. Good run blocking strength and run blocking footwork to be an NFL center.


    Weaknesses: Frank Ragnow needs to improve his pass blocking footwork and pass blocking strength. Once he does this the sky is the limit for Ragnow since he has the best production so far in 2017 among SEC centers.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Ragnow gets picked. I currently have a third round grade on Arkansas's center.


    Threats: There are no threats with Frank Ragnow. That makes him a safe prospect.


    Potential Grade: 86/99



    Before 2017

    Frank Ragnow needed to step up in 2016 with Arkansas losing two running backs to the 2016 NFL Draft. He got better in 2016 and still needs to work on some things, but his future is bright if he can dominate in 2017.




  7. Brian Allen, C, Michigan State Projected Round 4th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-2 302 lb center has experience at left guard, center, and right guard. That versatility to play all 3 spots on the interior offensive line is quite an asset for Brian Allen out of Michigan State.


    Brian Allen SWOT Report

    Strengths: Brian Allen has the versatility to play left guard, center, or right guard. That versatility makes him a huge asset on the offensive line. Allen is a good run blocker, but he struggles in pass protection. Displays great leadership since he got voted team captain for Michigan State in 2017.


    Weaknesses: Brian Allen needs to get stronger. Pass blocking strength and run blocking strength isn't where it needs to be. He did better at guard before Michigan State moved him to center.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Allen gets picked. I currently have a fourth round grade on Michigan State's center.


    Threats: There are no threats with Brian Allen yet. Just an extremely limited ceiling that makes him a backup interior offensive lineman.


    Potential Grade: 84/99



    Before 2017

    Brian Allen began his career at left guard when his older brother Jack Allen was the center and Jack Conklin was the left tackle. He moved to right guard after those two left and then moved over to center for this season in 2017.




  8. Billy Price, C, Ohio State Projected Round 4th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-2 295 lb Pat Elflein is moving to center in 2017. Billy Price was a left guard in 2015 when Pat Elflein played right guard. Price moved to right guard in 2016. He moved to center in 2017.


    Billy Price has the versatility to play left guard, center, or right guard with experience starting at all three positions on the interior offensive line. Price struggled to end the season against Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins though.


    Billy Price SWOT Report

    Strengths: Billy Price has the pass blocking, pass blocking footwork, run blocking, run blocking footwork, and zone blocking you want your starting center to have. Versatile enough to play anywhere on the interior offensive line.


    Weaknesses: Billy Price struggled against Christian Wilkins. Price also lacks size, pass blocking strength, or run blocking strength to dominate at the next level.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Price gets picked. I currently have a fourth round grade on Ohio State's center.


    Threats: Billy Price has short arms. Unlike Pat Elflein who had long arms and started right away as a rookie. That tells me that Price will be limited to a backup role in the NFL.


    Potential Grade: 83/99



    Before 2017

    Billy Price played left guard in 2015. When Pat Elflein moved from right guard to center Price moved from left guard to right guard. Elflein told Price to go back to school and pay well at center. That's the biggest reason Billy Price didn't declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.




  9. Alex Officer, C, Pittsburgh Projected Round 4th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-4 335 lb Alex Officer does a very good job of maintaining blocks on tape at center. Even without quarterback Nate Peterman or running back James Conner, he's still stepping up and making plays up front.


    Alex Officer SWOT Report

    Strengths: Alex Officer did a good job pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking. He needs to show more in 2017 though.


    Weaknesses: Pass blocking strength, run blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, and run blocking footwork are all issues with Officer though.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Officeer gets picked. I currently have a fourth round grade on Pittsburgh's center.


    Threats: Alex Officer needs to lose some weight. Being 335 lbs makes scouts want to question his conditioning and training.


    Potential Grade: 83/99



    Before 2017

    Alex Officer is going to be one of the leaders on this Pittsburgh offensive line in 2017. He has to step up to the challenge this year.




  10. Austin Schlottmann, C, TCU Projected Round 4th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-6 300 lb center enters his second full season as TCU's starting center. Schlottmann is a big reason why Kenny Hill is a decent College quarterback.


    Austin Schlottmann SWOT Report

    Strengths: Austin Schlottmann has the pass blocking and run blocking to be an effective NFL center. The rest of his game needs work though.


    Weaknesses: Austin Schlottmann still needs to improve pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Schlottmann gets picked. I currently have a fourth round grade on TCU's center.


    Threats: He may be too tall to start as an NFL center. He's 6-foot-6 inches and that height could be a disadvantage in the trenches when he gets to the NFL.


    Potential Grade: 82/99



    Before 2017

    Austin Schlottmann didn't start until 2015. He only started 4 games that year. His first season as a full-time center was last season in 2016.




  11. Jake Bennett, C, Colorado State Projected Round 5th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-3 290 lb Jake Bennett is going to be tested as a starter during his senior year. Bennett has to stay healthy and have a huge season if he wants to get drafted.


    Jake Bennett SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jake Bennett can pass block and run block effectively. The rest of his game needs work.


    Weaknesses: ake Bennett has no strength or footwork. That makes him a late round pick at best.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Bennett gets picked. I currently have a fifth round grade on Colorado State's center.


    Threats: Jake Bennett has no threats. He also has a limited ceiling though.


    Potential Grade: 81/99



    Before 2017

    Jake Bennett missed most of his freshman season due to injuries. He's been healthy ever since though avoiding injuries.




  12. Jonathan Alvarez, C, Oklahoma Projected Round 5th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-3 306 lb Jonathan Alvarez has not started a full season yet at Oklahoma. That's a big concern with Alvarez moving forward.


    Jonathan Alvarez SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jonathan Alvarez can pass block and run block effectively. The rest of his game needs work.


    Weaknesses: Alvarez needs to improve pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Alvarez gets picked. I currently have a fifth round grade on Oklahoma's center.


    Threats: Jonathan Alvarez has durability concerns. That's what makes him a late round pick.


    Potential Grade: 80/99



    Before 2017

    Jonathan Alvarez has three years of experience at center. He's not a complete starter at center.




  13. Scott Quissenberry, C, UCLA Projected Round 6th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-3 310 lb Scott Quissenbery has the pass blocking and run blocking you want. He lacks the footwork to blend into a zone blocking scheme.


    Scott Quissenberry SWOT Report

    Strengths: Scott Quissenberry stood out at the beginning of the season. Quissenberry has struggled the last three games though. He had some good plays on tape neutralizing Daylon Mack at the line of scrimmage. Displays pass blocking, pass blocking strength, run blocking, and run blocking strength that you want on tape.


    Weaknesses: Footwork and foot speed is a huge issue with Quissenberry. I think that's what makes him a day 3 pick more than anything else.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Quissenberry gets picked. I currently have a sixth round grade on UCLA's center.


    Threats: Quissenberry missed the entire 2015 season due to a season ending injury. He was a true junior that year generating early consideration as a top center in the 2016 NFL Draft. He took a medical redshirt though and spent the past two sesons fully healthy.


    Potential Grade: 79/99



    Before 2017

    Scott Quissenbery started right away as a true freshman. He has everything you want in a starting center except the footwork. That's something he needs to develop this season.




  14. Austin Golson, C, Auburn Projected Round 7th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-5 312 lb Austin Golson has a lot of experience at center. Golson had a huge game versus his former College yesterday paving the way for 204 rushing yards for Auburn.


    Austin Golson SWOT Report

    Strengths: Austin Golson is a great run blocker. That's his one strength on tape though.


    Weaknesses: Austin Golson dealt with injuries in the past. There are huge durability concerns with Golson. He doesn't have the pass blocking, pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking footwork, or zone blocking that J.J. Dielman had on tape coming out of Utah last year.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Golson gets picked. I currently have a seventh round grade on Auburn's center.


    Threats: Durability concerns are a threat with Golson. He has to stay healthy if he wants to succeed in the NFL.


    Potential Grade: 75/99



    Before 2017

    Austin Golson began his NCAA career at Ole Miss. He transferred to Auburn and had to sit out a year before starting. Has experience at both center and left tackle, but is better suited to play center.




  15. Joe Gibson, C, Kansas Projected Round 7th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-3 290 Joe Gibson is undersized. He is a pure center who needs more starts under his belt.


    Joe Gibson SWOT Report

    Strengths: Joe Gibson does a good job maintaining blocks. He has the pass blocking, run blocking, pass blocking strength, and run blocking strength you want in a center despite being under 300 lbs.


    Weaknesses: Joe Gibson needs to add more muscle. He doesn't have the pass blocking footwork, run blocking footwork, or zone blocking you want in a center.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Gibson gets picked. I currently have a seventh round grade on Kansas's center.


    Threats: Joe Gibson has never played more than 6 games in a regular season. That's my big issue with him.


    Potential Grade: 71/99



    Before 2017

    Joe Gibson needs to play more than 6 games in a season. Once he does that I'll be convinced in his ability assuming he gets a Senior Bowl invite.







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