Early Draft Rankings: Center

We start our early in-depth draft rankings for 2003 with the centers available who stand a chance at being drafted in April. We've got 51 of them ranked, along with their vital statistics. Could the next Matt Birk be among them?

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EARLY CENTER RANKINGS
Draft ratings are never a perfect science, even for NFL teams that dedicate departments and year-round scouts to the important job of grading college players and trying to decide how their skills will transfer to the NFL. Here are Viking Update writer and draft fan Kevin Brown's early ratings for the 2003 class.
Under the height column, the first digit represents feet, the next two digits represent inches and the last digit represents how many eighths of an inch (so 6034 equals 6 feet, 3 and 4/8 inches).
GRADE DESCRIPTION ROUND
9.00
8.00
7.00
6.50
6.00
5.90
5.80
5.70
5.60
5.50
5.40
5.30
5.20
5.10
5.00
4.50
4.00
3.00
Once-in-a-lifetime player.
Perennial All-Pro player.
Potential All-Pro as a rookie.
Immediate starter as a rookie (except QB).
1st-round pick; should start by 2004.
Early 2nd-round pick.
2nd-round pick.
2nd-round pick.
3rd round pick.
3rd round pick.
4th-round pick.
5th-round pick.
6th-round pick.
7th-round pick.
Priority free-agent.
Free-agent who could make a team.
Worth bringing to training camp.
Possible camp player.
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1
1
1
1
2
2
3
3
3
4
5
6
7
FA
FA
FA
FA
NAME
COLLEGE
HT.
WT.
40
GR.
Johnson, Al
Faine, Jeff
Lucier, Wayne
Koppen, Dan
Nelson, Bruce
Romberg, Brett
King, Austin
Mruczkowski, Gene
Nowland, Ben
Mirambeau, Antoine
Garrison, John
Brigman, Lucas
Michael, Rodney
Claxton, Ben
Klein, Danny
Huff, Scott
Smith, Patrick
Johnson, Cody
Iorio, Joe
Ephraim, Alonzo
Butler, Zach
Knight, Ian
Pelc, Brian
Jorgensen, David
Brigandi, Mike
Melton, Josh
Tuck, Kirk
Washington, Steve
Hicks, Andrae
Setterstrom, Chad
Ingram, Johnathan
Pugh, Jimond
Santacroce, Jeff
Barnum, Greg
Mazur, Jon
Mabry, Mike
Royle, Chris
Edwards, Jeff
Wheeler, Chris
Sale, Rob
Scarola, Ryan
Dillow, Zach
Nicks, Greg
Reed, Chad
Tuminello, Chris
Murff, Shawn
Miret, Maikel
Elarbee, Glen
Van Brisen, B.J.
Keith, Garrett
Hollway, Jeff
Wisconsin
Notre Dame
Colorado
Boston College
Iowa
Miami (Fla.)
Northwestern
Purdue
Auburn
Florida State
Nebraska
Nebraska-Omaha
Fresno State
Mississippi
Temple
Boise State
Central Arkansas
Nevada
Penn State
Alabama
Iowa State
Georgia
Montana
Florida
Hofstra
Arkansas
Alabama-Birmingham
Kansas State
Kentucky State
Northern Iowa
San Diego State
Memphis
Lehigh
Stephen F. Austin
Bowling Green
Central Florida
Lafayette
Marshall
Houston
Louisiana State
Notre Dame
West Virginia
Kansas
Pittsburgh
Toledo
Louisiana Tech
Massachusetts
Middle Tennessee
New Mexico State
North Alabama
Ohio Wesleyan
6037
6020-6030
6036
6021
6046
6020-6030
6034
6022
6016
6031-6032
6040-6044
6000-6010
6030
6022
6015
6010
6040
6034
6022
6012
6034
6020-6034
6030-6034
6030-6040
6021
6040
6010-6020
6022
6020
6027
6010-6020
6032
6023
5116
6020
6020
6022-6024
6040
6020
6020
6050
6020
6030
6020-6030
6030
6026
6022
6020
6030
6020
6050
293
294-311
288-300
288
289
288-301
292-295
298-310
293
280-302
288-290
300-316
316
293
295
286-293
300-305
276-294
300
314
291
286-291
278-285
288-307
314-322
288-312
300
315-337
295-300
306
296-300
298-301
290-298
300-310
290
295
282-285
305
300
310-315
308-310
276
295-305
295
291
294
285
273
325
300
275
5.00-5.15
5.09-5.23
5.15-5.40
5.10-5.37
5.08-5.40
5.18-5.25
5.20-5.30
5.12-5.35
5.19-5.30
4.96-5.40
5.22-5.33
5.33-5.35
5.29-5.50
5.25-5.35
5.30-5.32
5.20-5.35
5.42-5.45
5.15-5.30
5.10-5.40
4.95-5.44
5.22-5.34
5.07-5.40
5.15-5.30
4.88-5.30
5.35-5.40
5.09-5.29
5.00-5.23
5.18-5.75
5.25
5.33-5.37
5.25-5.35
5.25-5.29
5.30-5.35
5.08-5.25
5.18-5.25
5.15
5.20-5.28
4.92-5.10
5.22
5.20-5.46
5.30
5.15
5.45
5.15
5.13
5.35
5.26
5.04
5.45
5.42
5.05
6.00
5.70
5.50
5.40
5.40
5.40
5.40
5.40
5.10
5.00
5.00
5.00
4.90
4.90
4.80
4.70
4.70
4.70
4.70
4.65
4.50
4.40
4.40
4.20
4.20
4.10
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
3.95
3.90
3.90
3.80
3.80
3.80
3.80
3.70
3.70
3.70
3.70
3.60
3.60
3.60
3.50
3.50
3.50
3.50
3.50
3.50

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