NFL Soup|Tuesday, May 21, 2013

2013 NFL Draft Rankings | Centers 


The quarterbacks most under-appreciated friend is the center. An exceptional center can make the difference in making big decisions on the offensive line, pointing out blitzes and stunts, and most importantly, making sure they get the ball into the hands of the quarterback efficiently.

Here’s a look at the top centers in the 2013 NFL Draft.

1. Barrett Jones, Alabama

Not the consensus #1 center, but his versatility and intangibles make him number one. One of the most technically sound offensive lineman in the draft.

2. Travis Frederick, Wisconson

Exceptional leader who can get into the second level and maul over linebackers.

3. Brian Schwenke, California

Finesse blocker with heavy pass blocking upside.

4. Khaled Holmes, USC

Long arms help him in pass protection. Versatile as well, being able to play guard.

5. Mario Benavides, Louisville

Smart player that’s will perform well with more size.

6. Braxton Cave, Notre Dame

7. Dalton Freeman, Clemson

8. Graham Pocic, Illinois

9. James Ferentz, Iowa

10. Joe Madsen, West Virginia

11. Ryan Turnley, Pittsburgh

12. T.J. Johnson, South Carolina

13. P.J. Lonergan, LSU

14. Eric Kush, California (PA)

15. Camden Wentz, North Carolina State

16. Drew Schaefer, Washington

17. Peters Drey, Purdue

18. Trent Dupy, Tulsa

19. Matt Stankiewitch, Penn State

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About the author: Keet Bailey

Keet Bailey heads the NFL Draft division of NFL Soup. Bailey’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft scored 12th overall among 112 participants according to The Huddle Report’s Annual Mock Draft scoring contest. An avid Cleveland Browns fan, Keet hails from and resides in Ohio. Follow Keet on Twitter @NFLSoupKeet

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