Luek Easterling's full center rankings for the 2016 NFL Draft

My full center rankings for the 2016 NFL Draft.


1. Ryan Kelly | Alabama | 6'4" | 311 | RS Senior | 1st Round

You don't see 1st-round grades at this position too often, but even with some strong challengers in this year's class, Kelly is easily the best of the bunch. His combination of power, athleticism and intelligence will make him an impact starter from Day 1 in the NFL, and he's got the potential to be a perennial Pro Bowler.

2. Nick Martin | Notre Dame | 6'4" | 299 | RS Senior | 2nd Round

Much like his brother Zack, Nick leaves South Bend as a versatile blocker who can line up at multiple positions and be extremely effective. Martin is best suited to play center at the next level, but could easily end up starting at either guard spot, if needed. He's a balanced prospect who can plow the road and get to the second level in the run game, while also having the quickness and smarts to protect the passer.

3. Jack Allen | Michigan State | 6'1" | 294 | RS Senior | 3rd Round

He might be undersized, but Allen makes up for his lack of an ideal frame with consistent technique and awareness. He took care of business at the Senior Bowl against some of the best interior defenders in the country, and could easily end up starting as a rookie in the right situation.

4. Max Tuerk | USC | 6'5" | 298 | Senior | 4th Round

Tuerk's health makes him a tough evaluation at this point, as a knee injury cost him a good chunk of the 2015 season. He's extremely athletic and gives maximum effort on every snap, but he could use a little more bulk on his tall frame, as well as clear medicals to warrant anything earlier than a Day 3 pick.

5. Austin Blythe | Iowa | 6'2" | 298 | RS Senior | 5th Round

When we talk about a prospect who is "more than the sum of his parts", it's guys like Blythe who come to mind. He doesn't have the size or length NFL teams want in their starting centers, but his effectiveness is hard to argue with. At the very least, he should provide a team with solid depth and a great leadership presence in the locker room.

6. Evan Boehm | Missouri | 6'2" | 302 | Senior | 5th Round

7. Mike Matthews | Texas A&M | 6'2" | 294 | Senior | 6th Round

8. Jake Brendel | UCLA | 6'4" | 303 | RS Senior | 7th Round

9. Matt Skura | Duke | 6'3" | 305 | RS Senior | 7th Round

10. Marcus Henry | Boise State | 6'2" | 300 | RS Senior | 7th Round


Joe Hawley is just 27 years old and was arguably the unsung hero of the entire offensive line in 2015, and there's no reason to mess with any chemistry he's developed with Jameis Winston. The fact that promising second-year pro Ali Marpet could also move over and play center if needed makes this even less of a need for Tampa Bay this year.

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