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Tracking the Draft Prospects: Center

Discussion in 'Wait, Who???' started by mascho, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. mascho

    mascho Kane is Able SoSH Member

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    Time to look forward.
     
    Solicited suggestions in the Draft Thread about having dedicated threads to a few positions that the Patriots might need to address in the draft.  So far we have TE/OL/DL.  Open to more.  
     
    Here is a list of the Cs in the draft.  Thin group.
     
    There's one guy I like.  Bryan Stork from FSU.  39 career starts.  Seems quick with good strength.  Solid off the ball and at the point of attack.  
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiPCBvq7SpY
     
    EDIT:  I love the job he does at about 1:39 or so, on the stretch run to his right.  Fires out, gets position on the DT and then turns him with sheer strength.  The more I see of him, the more I like about him.
     
  2. ElcaballitoMVP

    ElcaballitoMVP Member SoSH Member

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    Stork is currently ranked the #4 C on ESPN.com and #4 on a site I like to reference because they mock all 7 rounds, www.drafttek.com. They also rate him #129 overall, so roughly a late 4th/early 5th round prospect. I haven't seen enough of him to have an opinion on him yet. 
     
    The top ranked C is currently Travis Swanson from Arkansas. He's ranked #131 overall by ESPN and #51 by drafttek. He's a team captain, leader, durable, tough interior lineman. Struggles with technique, but we can send him to Dante U to work on that. Would likely be a round 2 or 3 consideration. 
     
    There really isn't a franchise type available in the draft, but there are a few names to consider from rounds 2-5 if they feel they need to address the position. 
     
  3. mascho

    mascho Kane is Able SoSH Member

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    Swanson is a great player and leader.  Started all 50 games at Arkansas and a two-time captain.  But I've seen one mock that has him going in the first round to the Broncos.  I don't think Swanson gets to the Patriots unless they take him in the first or second.  Unless they love Swanson I think they go somewhere else with those first two picks.  
     
  4. ElcaballitoMVP

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    I don't think I'd use a 1st on him, so if that's the case, I'd pass. But if he was there in round 2, I'd be fine with the pick. It wouldn't be sexy, but it would help shore up the interior line. At this point, I'd probably prefer to go with an OG like David Yankey, X. Su'a-Filo, or Zach Martin, who can also provide depth at OT in case of emergency. 
     
  5. lambeau

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    The consensus seems to be that Weston Richburg of Colorado State was the most impressive center Senior Bowl week, practicing impressively against DaQuan
    Jones, Rasheed Hageman-- and the only one able to control Aaron Donald. He is quick, solid, and technically proficient, allowing him to block DT's 50 lbs
    heavier.Swanson may still go first, and Richburg may be available at the end of the second or third round. He has also played guard and tackle.
    This is a position of need, as Wendell was beaten repeatedly--and ranked 33rd by PFF among all centers.
     
  6. SMU_Sox

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    I like Tyler Larson a lot the more I see of his game tape. He's very strong and can play guard in a pinch -exactly the type of versatility BB loves. We could probably get him in the 4th to 7th rounds. I'd jump on him as early as the 4th too.
     
  7. Morgan's Magic Snowplow

    Morgan's Magic Snowplow Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    From Gil Brandt's Pro Day blog:
     
     
    This kid sound pretty intriguing as a 2nd or 3rd round pick.
     
  8. Super Nomario

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    John Urschel from Penn State is an intriguing option:
    "Highly intelligent," "Well-versed in pro-style offense," (with a Belichick connection in Bill O'Brien), "might prove to be best at center."
     
    He's not a great athlete or a size / strength monster, but more of a heady, scrappy guy. He played G in college so he'd have some versatility. Seems like a good late-round option who'd be plug-and-play for the Pats and would at least be a good depth player.
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqRmvD4gujg
     
  9. Super Nomario

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    Nevada's Joel Bitonio an option at C?
     
    Josh Norris ‏@JoshNorris  9m
    @BenNatan2 I like Bitonio. Another who played at a high level. Wouldn't be surprised if a team takes him as a C. Passed 20SS metric too.
     
    Interview: http://withthefirstpick.com/2014/03/31/nfl-draft-prospect-interview-joel-bitonio-ot-nevada/
     
     
  10. RedOctober3829

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  11. Super Nomario

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    Lance Zierlein is talking up Ohio State's Corey Linsley. At 6'3" 296 he's not huge, but he's country strong, benching more than 500 pounds (and doing 36 reps at the Combine). Might be a good 6th-7th-round option.
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DY2p-t4Rj0Q
     
  12. Eck'sSneakyCheese

    Eck'sSneakyCheese Member SoSH Member

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    Nice call Mascho. You had this pegged months ago.
     
  13. mascho

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    Thanks Eck.  Too bad I completely left him off any prediction lists.  
     

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