C Rankings 2017 NFL Center Rankings Projected Rounds: 1. Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State: Round 3, 2. Ethan Pocic, C, LSU: Round 3, 3. Tyler Orlosky, C, West Virginia: Round 3, 4. Jon Toth, C, Kentucky: Round 4, 5. Kyle Fuller, C, Baylor: Round 5, 6. Jay Guillermo, C, Clemson: Round 6, 7. Riley Sorenson, C, Washington State: Round 7, 8. Lucas Crowley, C, North Carolina: Round 7, 9. J.J. Dielman, C, Utah: Round 7, 10. Cameron Tom, C, Southern Mississippi: Round 5


2017 NFL Draft: Center Rankings





Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: February 4, 2017.



  1. Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State Projected Round 3rd

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 295 lb Pat Elflein is moving to center in 2016. Elflein started at right guard last season in 2015 before moving to center for this season.


    Pat Elflein absolutely dominated in Ohio State's opening game. Elflein kept Charles Walker, Oklahoma's NFL prospect at defensive tackle in check.


    Pat Elflein is the most complete offensive lineman among the offensive tackles, guards, and centers. Elflein has the pass blocking, pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork, and zone blocking to start on the interior offensive line. Once Elflein gets his hands on a defender, it's almost impossible for Elflein to disengage regardless of whether you try to use a rip or swim move to get by him.


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


    Pat Elflein SWOT Report

    Strengths: Pat Elflein 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. Elflein has the upper body strength to push defenders back and can get that first step quickness off the point of attack on running plays.


    Pat Elflein showed the versatility to play left guard center, right guard at Ohio State. That may make Ohio State's center the first center drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft.


    Weaknesses: Pat Elflein struggled against Carlos Watkins. He also turned down an invite to the 2017 Senior Bowl. Elflein also struggles against bigger defensive linemen.


    Opportunities: 65. Cleveland Browns, 66. San Francisco 49ers, 67. Chicago Bears, 68. Jacksonville Jaguars, and 69. Los Angeles Rams. Pat Elflein should be an early third round pick. He's still the top center in the 2017 NFL Draft despite a disappointing season.


    Threats: Pat Elflein needs a strong 2017 NFL Combine. A weak combine puts him in jeopardy of being the top center drafted.



    Before 2016

    Pat Elflein redshirted in 2012. He was a reserve in 2013.


    Pat Elflein did not start until 2014. He began the first three games of his sophomore redshirt season at left guard, but moved to right guard after that for the remainder of the 2014 Season when Ohio State won the 2015 College Football Playoff.


    Pat Elflein started every game at right guard in 2015 where he demonstrated excellent pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking. Elflein protected for Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett, and Cardale Jones on passing plays while opening up the running game for Ezekiel Elliott. He also earned a degree in Communications and that is why Urban Meyer decided to give him a shot at center in 2016.


    I think Pat Elflein would have been the top guard in the 2016 NFL Draft if he declared. Elflein is now moving to center which convinces me he has the versatility to play left guard, center, or right guard in the NFL. NFL teams will feel the same way if Elflein has a strong 2016 season.




  2. Ethan Pocic, C, LSU Projected Round 3rd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-6 307 lb Ethan Pocic has the same versatility to play anywhere on the interior offensive line that Pat Elfein out of Ohio State displays. Pocic was the top center in the 2017 NFL Draft before Pat Elflein


    Ethan Pocic did a good job on LSU's sloppy offensive line. Pocic still took accountability for his play after LSU's loss to Wisconsin. That speaks volumes about his leadership since he was the only one of LSU's four starters on that offensive line that played well against Wisconsin and he still took accountability saying he should have played better after losing to Wisconsin. That's a leader. That's a guy people respect and that's a guy who won't throw his teammates under the bus.


    Ethan Pocic has the pass blocking, pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking, run blocking strength, run blocking footwork, and zone blocking you look for in a starting center. My only concern with Pocic at this point are that he struggles to maintain blocks sometimes on passing situations. You saw him do that in the first half against Wisconsin. I still think Pocic, is a first round center, but that is something you would like to see Pocic correct moving forward.


    Ethan Pocic SWOT Report

    Strengths: Ethan Pocic 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. Elflein has the upper body strength to push defenders back and can get that first step quickness off the point of attack on running plays.


    Ethan Pocic is bigger and more versatile than Pat Elflien. Pocic lined up at left tackle, left guard, center, right guard, and right tackle in Mobile.


    Weaknesses: Pocic struggled the first day and dominated the final 2 days before struggling in the 2017 Senior Bowl game. Pocic's a player that was inconsistent throughout the week in Mobile.


    Opportunities: 65. Cleveland Browns, 67. Chicago Bears, 74. Philadelphia Eagles, 79. Indianapolis Colts, and 101. Tennessee Titans. Ethan Pocic could go anywhere between the early third round and the compensation portion of the third round. Some think Pocic could jump Elflein and sneak into the late second round, but I feel like that's a stretch.


    Threats: Ethan Pocic needs a strong 2017 NFL Combine. A strong NFL Combine gives him a strong chance to pass Pat Elflein as the top center in the 2017 NFL Draft. Pocic got into some scuffles during the 2017 Senior Bowl. It doesn't help that scouts are calling him a polarizing player.



    Before 2016

    Pocic can pass block, run block, or zone block on tape and has the footwork you look for in a starting center. Some teams believe he's versatile enough to play both left guard and right guard in the NFL.


    Pocic has been an awesome run blocker for Leonard Fournette. With Jerald Hawkins and Vadal Alexander gone Fournette has to rely on Pocic's blocking in 2016.




  3. Tyler Orlosky, C, West Virginia Projected Round 3rd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 292 lb Tyler Orlosky has been a center since his freshman redshirt season back in 2013. He got voted team captain on West Virginia's offense last year in 2015, and with another strong season could get drafted.


    Tyler Orlosky did a good job pass blocking and run blocking. Orlosky had the upper hand against Josh Augusta in West Virginia's win against Missouri.


    I want to see how Orlosky handles himself after facing Charles Walker of Oklahoma. Most of the Big 12 defensive tackles aren't that good this year and that's one of the things that works against Orlosky despite his impressive start in 2016.


    Tyler Orlosky SWOT Report

    Strengths: Tyler Orlosky did a good job pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking. He should be one of the first three centers drafted.


    Tyler Orlosky showed the versatility to play left guard center, right guard at West Virginia. That makes Orlosky a top 3 center. Orlosky has great leadership qualities and is a very disciplined center.


    Weaknesses: Tyler Orlosky needs to get stronger. He also needs to improve his hand placement.


    Opportunities: 65. Cleveland Browns, 67. Chicago Bears, 74. Philadelphia Eagles, 102. Baltimore Ravens, and 104. New England Patriots. Tyler Orlosky should be picked somewhere in the first three rounds just like Pat Elflein and Ehan Pocic.


    Threats: Tyler Orlosky needs a strong 2017 NFL Combine. A strong NFL Combine gives him an outside chance to pass Pat Elflein and Ethan Pocic as the top center in the 2017 NFL Draft.



    Before 2016

    Tyler Orlosky can pass block and run block effectively at times. Orlosky lined up at left guard, center, and right guard at West Virginia showing the versatility to play all three positions on the interior offensive line. Not a zone blocker, struggles to keep his back straight on passing plays, and needs to get stronger. Run blocking for Wendell Smallwood is what Orlosky specialized in.




  4. Jon Toth, C, Kentucky Projected Round 4th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-4 308 lb Jon Toth did well at center in 2016. Jon Toth won 5 different one-on-one battles against Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen.


    Jon Toth also dominated against Josh Augusta. Toth has the pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking that you look for in a starting center.


    Jon Toth SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jon Toth did a good job pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking. He should be one of the first three centers drafted.


    Weaknesses: Jon Toth needs to improve his hand placement. He had his ups and downs during Senior Bowl week.


    Opportunities: 107. San Francisco 49ers, 110. Los Angeles Rams, 118. Arizona Cardinals, 120. Minnesota Vikings, and 121. Baltimore Ravens. Jon Toth will get picked somewhere in the fourth round.


    Threats: I honestly do not see any threats with Jon Toth. Toth may end up being the sleeper among the centers in the 2017 NFL Draft.



    Before 2016

    Jon Toth started 11 games at center in 2013 after redshirting in 2012. Toth has been starting at Kentucky ever since showcasing qualities you want your starting center to have.




  5. Kyle Fuller, C, Baylor Projected Round 5th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-4 306 lb center has 26 career starts under his belt. Fuller is an incredible pass blocker and run blocker. I love his strength, but his footwork and zone blocking need some work.


    Kyle Fuller helped Baylor out at center. His blocking at center allowed their quarterbacks to throw for 223 passing yards and run for 275 rushing yards.


    Kyle Fuller has the pass blocking, pass blocking strength, run blocking, and run blocking strength to start at center. His pass blocking and run blocking footwork are still issues. Fuller will not do well in a zone blocking scheme, plus he drew a false start for going so fast. Fuller will be a backup center in the NFL unless he can correct his issues with his footwork by the end of the season, but despite his struggles with footwork, he's still the third best center, and probably a late second round pick at this point.


    Kyle Fuller SWOT Report

    Strengths: Kyle Fuller has the pass blocking, pass blocking strength, run blocking, and run blocking strength. The rest of his game needs work though.


    Weaknesses: Kyle Fuller has no footwork. Not having the versatility to kick inside to guard also hurts Fuller.


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


    Threats: Poor zone blocking along with poor pass blocking footwork and zone blocking footwork are the biggest threats with Fuller. That's why Fuller is my fifth ranked center at the moment.



    Before 2016

    Kyle Fuller redshirted in 2012. He didn't become Baylor's starting center until 2014 when he was a sophomore redshirt.


    Even when Bryce Petty left, Fuller continued to step up in 2015. With Spencer Drango gone, Fuller becomes the leader of Baylor's offensive line in 2016.




  6. Jay Guillermo, C, Clemson Projected Round 6th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 325 lb Jay Guillermo is going to be tested as a starter during his senior year. Guillermo is a late round prospect that has a chance to move up.


    Jay Guillermo did a phenomenal job against Montravius Adams on running plays. Adams had some success against Guillermo on passing situations.


    Guillermo has the pass blocking and run blocking you look for in a starting center. He does not have the strength or the footwork you look for. His pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking strength, run blocking footwork, and zone blocking need to improve. I like that Guillermo had some success against Adams plus Clemson is still unbeaten.


    Jay Guillermo SWOT Report

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


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


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


    Threats: Not playing in the 2017 East West Shrine Game or the 2017 Senior Bowl hurt Gullermo. He's in jeopardy of going undrafted with a poor 2017 NFL Combine.



    Before 2016

    Jay Guillermo did not start at center until 2015. Guillermo was a backup until then. Now he enters his senior redshirt season in 2016 after doing a good job pass protecting Deshaun Watson and run blocking for Wayne Gallman.




  7. Riley Sorenson, C, Washington State Projected Round 7th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-4 327 lb Riley Sorenson is an awesome pass blocker. Sorenson has the size to be a good run blocker, but needs a strong year where he gets an invite to the 2017 Senior Bowl, in Mobile Alabama if he wants to move up draft boards.


    Riley Sorenson continues to dominate as a pass blocker. His run blocking wasn't as sharp as his pass blocking, but there was some improvement in his technique against Eastern Washington.


    Riley Sorenson showed he's corrected his issues with run blocking against Oregon and Stanford. Riley Sorenson now has the pass blocking, pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork that you look for in a starting center plus he's gone down from 6-4 327 lbs to 6-4 300 lbs losing 27 lbs after losing to Eastern Washington. Sorenson can zone block a lot better thanks to losing all that weight plus he's an excellent communicator and practiced with Washington State after defeating cancer just like Pittsburgh running back James Conner.


    Riley Sorenson SWOT Report

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


    Weaknesses: Riley Sorenson improved with his strength and footwork. Sorenson did not get a East West Shrine Game or Senior Bowl invite so that makes him a late round pick at best.


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


    Threats: Not playing in the 2017 East West Shrine Game or the 2017 Senior Bowl hurt Sorenson. He's in jeopardy of going undrafted with a poor 2017 NFL Combine.



    Before 2016

    Riley Sorenson hardly played in 2013. He became the teams starting center in 2014 and maintained that role in 2015.




  8. Lucas Crowley, C, North Carolina Projected Round 7th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 290 lb Lucas Crowley is an awesome run blocker. He had issues with pass blocking heading into 2016 though.


    Lucas Crowley had issues with pass protection. Crowley has corrected those issues with impressive tape against Pittsburgh nose tackle Tyrique Jarrett and dominated against Florida State.


    In 2016, Lucas Crowley showed he has the pass blocking, pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork. Crowley has the ideal size for a zone blocking center at 290 lbs plus its good to see him correct his issues in pass protection to the point where he jumped right tackle Jon Heck and left guard Caleb Peterson as the top offensive lineman prospect on North Carolina for the 2017 NFL Draft. Crowley has done a good job pass protecting for Mitch Trubisky and run blocking for Elijah Hood in 2016.


    Lucas Crowley has a third round grade at the moment. I believe though, that he's the final starter you can find at center in this group.


    Lucas Crowley SWOT Report

    Strengths: Lucas Crowley stood out at the beginning of the season. Crowley didn't dominate since though.


    Weaknesses: Lucas Crowley fatigues sometimes. There are also durability concerns with Crowley.


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


    Threats: Not playing in the 2017 East West Shrine Game or the 2017 Senior Bowl hurt Crowley. He's in jeopardy of going undrafted with a poor 2017 NFL Combine.



    Before 2016

    Lucas Crowley has started every game at center since the halfway point of his freshman season in 2013 when he started North Carolina's final 6 games. Crowley is an excellent run blocker, but he needs to improve his pass protection after getting served by Shaq Lawson in the 2015 ACC Championship.




  9. J.J. Dielman, C, Utah Projected Round 7th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-5 300 lb J.J. Dielman is the nephew of Pro Bowl left guard Kris Dielman. J.J. is a three year starter at right tackle, but J.J. may kick inside to guard in the NFL like his uncle Kris.


    J.J. Dielman moved from right tackle to center against Southern Utah. J.J. Dielman looks like someone that may be able to play left guard, center, or right guard despite being Utah's starting right tackle in 2015. Dielman is a guy that can start at left guard, center, right guard, or right tackle. He can play every other position except left tackle on the offensive line, and projects as an interior lineman in the NFL most likely at center.


    J.J. Dielman had a lot of success when he played at center in 2016. J.J. Dielman has the pass blocking, pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking, run blocking strength, run blocking footwork, and zone blocking. He suffered a season ending injury like Max Tuerk did and now scouts may point out how J.J. Dielman has durability issues because of that. Dielman is a better center on tape then either Kyle Fuller or Jay Guillermo who are ranked ahead of him in these rankings, but those centers have excellent durability while Dielman has durability concerns.


    J.J. Dielman SWOT Report

    Strengths: J.J. Dielman is extremely versatile. Dielman can play right tackle, left guard, center, or right guard in the NFL. Dielman is also an excellent run blocker.


    Weaknesses: J.J. Dielman dealt with injuries in 2016. There are huge durability concerns with Dielman.


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


    Threats: Not playing in the 2017 East West Shrine Game or the 2017 Senior Bowl hurt Dielman. The nephew of Kris Dielman is in jeopardy of going undrafted with a poor 2017 NFL Combine.



    Before 2016

    J.J. Dielman came in at 6-4 243 lbs. He has grown a lot since then, but you can argue that he still needs to add 10-15 lbs of muscle to perfect his pass blocking and run blocking strength.


    Dielman had to redshirt in 2012 due to a lack of size. He only had one game as a freshman. A lack of size kept Dielman from starting until his sophomore redshirt season in 2014.


    In Dielman's two seasons as a starter he led Utah with 31 cut blocks in 2014 and 32 cut blocks in 2015. Dielman was an awesome run blocker who really helped Devontae Booker develop as Utah's starting running back the past two years.




  10. Cameron Tom, C, Southern Mississippi Projected Round 7th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-4 287 Cameron Tom is undersized. He has the versatility to play left tackle, left guard, center, right guard, or right tackle though to make up for his lack of size.


    Cameron Tom did a great job pass blocking. He still is a better run blocker despite needing to add more muscle and get stronger. Tom did outstanding for Southern Mississippi in a road win against Kentucky.


    Cameron Tom has the pass blocking, run blocking, zone blocking, pass blocking footwork, and run blocking footwork on tape. His lack of size and strength makes him a day 3 pick at best though.


    Cameron Tom SWOT Report

    Strengths: Cameron Tom is extremely versatile. Tom can play left tackle, left guard, center, right guard, and right tackle with his versatility. Tom will probably be a center in the NFL.


    Weaknesses: Cameron Tom's lack of size and short arms limit him to an interior offensive line role. Tom is better at run blocking than pass blocking despite the lack of size.


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


    Threats: Cameron Tom needs to add some muscle before the 2017 NFL Combine. That could be the difference between getting picked and going undrafted at this point.



    Before 2016

    Cameron Tom played left tackle, left guard, right guard, and right tackle in high school. He moved to center in college and started at that position right away.







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