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2013 Center Rankings

April 24, 2013

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Offensive Center

Prototype in the NFL: Nick Mangold

Best In Class

Best Feet: Brian Schwenke                               Best Jab: Khaled Holmes

Best Run Blocker: Travis Frederick                Best 2nd level Blocker: Brian Schwenke

Best Pass Blocker: Barrett Jones                     Best Mean Streak: Travis Frederick

Best Line Caller: Barrett Jones                       Best Technician: James Ferentz

1. Barrett Jones Alabama 6’4 306 Sr.

Comparison: Matt Birk

Combine: Missed Combine b/c of offseason surgery.

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Notes: In the 2011 Florida game he appears to be more of a technician than an athlete, pancaked by LB on run block showing poor strength (10:40 1st), beat on edge nearly getting strip sack with ball just thrown vs. DE Ronald Powell (10:08 1st), okay agility to get to LB on 2nd level run block but no strength bouncing off him for tackle (4:22 1st), nice cut block on DT. In the 2011 Auburn game he easily handled speed rush but allowed rusher to sneak back inside for sack and FF that rolled into end zone for defensive TD (0:07 1st), poor balance on a very average rush nearly falling over on sidestep. For the 2012 NFL season he’s moved to center showing the elite versatility he has and I think it’s the right move as I always said he’s more technician than athlete and center is a very technical position. Listed as the #82 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. In the 2012 Michigan game he didn’t miss a beat as a C showing great technique, good quickness, and very good power getting a nice push in the running game. Good speed setting up in middle of field on screen pass and getting block to help spring it. Is very good on move blocks-might fit best in zone scheme, yet also has the size to play in man schemes. Great combination block shown by Kirk Herbstreit as he got a push on DT then left him to RG and made nice block on ILB. He was outstanding in this game and looks like a 1st or 2nd round caliber player with his play at C as well as the versatility he has at other spots. Listed as the #56 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 Tennessee game he walled off big DT Daniel McCullers on run away to create hole but pancaked at end of play. Scrabble champion when he was young and now dominant at words with friends. Graduated with masters degree in accounting with a 4.0 GPA. In the 2012 Texas A&M game he was beat by DT Spencer Neally for TFL. In the 2012 LSU game he went up against DT Bennie Logan and did well all night blocking him-good angles and technique creating holes but rarely huge ones, did get pushed back 3 yds allowing batted ball at LOS-could struggle against big NTs as isn’t a huge guy. In the 2012 Georgia game he had good technique handling bigger DTs all game, he got no movement in the run game against them but was not a liability against the bull rush, combo block barely getting to LB to create hole for +10 yd run, submarined by DT ruining outside run play-TFL. 1st team SEC in 2012. Remington Award Winner in 2012 (Outland Trophy Winner in 2011). In the 2012 Notre Dame (BCS Championship) game he was pushed in backfield by DT Louis Nix III for TFL on inside run, pushed his own QB when he got in his face for overriding his calls. It caused a lot of controversy but I actually liked it as his QB was showing him up for making a late line call which is a center’s job.

Overall: Barrett is an intelligent, savvy technician type player who lacks the raw athleticism of a Peter Konz or the brute strength of a Nick Mangold but still gets the job done despite his limitations. A team drafting him will immediately add versatility to their offensive line as he played C, LT, and OG at different times in his career and is the only player I’ve ever heard of who was both the Outland and Remington Award winner. This versatility boosts his value as he has the intelligence to learn multiple positions and will allow a team to be more flexible with what 7 OL they dress on game day. Yet his intelligence is his biggest attribute and is why I compare him to the retiring Matt Birk. Neither Birk nor Jones has elite physical attributes yet Birk was a +10 year starter with numerous Pro Bowls because he mastered angles, technique, and all of the little aspects of playing center. I suspect Jones will as well and I believe Barrett will be a +10 year starter with a few Pro Bowls on his resume by the time his career winds down. 2nd round due to his limitations yet he’s still my #1 C 2/24/13.

2. Khaled Holmes USC #78 6’3 302 Sr.

Comparison: Max Unger

Combine: Hurt during bench press on 13th rep. Done for the weekend.

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Notes: USC #78 Sr. In the 2011 Minnesota game it was his first game at center, had a bad snap that cost USC 30 yards on 4th down play in the 3rd quarter, later had snap infraction (6:32 4th). 3 year starter on OL. Captain in 2012. Injured right ankle vs. Syracuse and missed Stanford game. In the 2012 Arizona game he had good turn of DT Sione Tuihalamaka for inside run, good strength jarring LB Jake Fischer despite only having one free hand-2nd of combo block, good push again getting Sione well to the side for gaping hole-very good at moving defenders with either arm, nice move getting DT to one side then throwing him farther that way to create hole in middle of line-ran a clinic today with leverage and strength. I only scouted him in this game but I loved his technique, strength, and ability to combo block. 3rd rounder at minimum and likely higher 11/23/12. In the 2012 Oregon game he again dominated in the run game as Silas Redd ran behind him regularly with good results, has elite arm strength as he often just one arm shivvied defenders away from play-quite capable of combo blocks and holding off two rushers due to this as well, lacks elite lateral quickness and could struggle with quick penetrating DTs. In the 2011 UCLA game he impressed me again with his technique and strength in the run game. He isn’t an elite 1st round type C as he isn’t extremely quick but he looks like a guy who will start for a decade in the league and is a late 2nd/early 3rd round type guy 12/8/12. In the 2012 Notre Dame game he whiffed badly on Louis Nix for TFL on 3rd and 1. In the 2012 Georgia Tech game he dominated all game long against inferior competition except for a TFL when DT battled past him-he was able to push him sideways but kept giving ground until submarined into RB.

Overall: Khaled is a player that hasn’t received his fair due. Despite being 1st team Pac-12 he’s been overshadowed by the more athletic Brian Schwenke and currently ranks as the #3-5 center on most draft boards. This confuses me as I was very close to putting Holmes as my #1 C and think he’s being vastly underrated. He lacks great quickness but is one of the strongest centers in this draft and has some of the longest arms of any center I’ve graded (’35!). His game film is top level, his experience at a high profile program like USC should make his transition to the pro game easier, and he has no clear weakness to his game. He isn’t an elite athlete so he isn’t 1st round material but I expect him to be an immediate starter as a rookie and to have a long, steady career. He might never be a Pro Bowler but he should start for a decade for some team. 2nd round as my #2 C 2/24/13.

3. Brian Schwenke Cal 6’3 314 Sr.

Comparison: Rodney Hudson

Senior Bowl: 2nd team Pac-12 in 2012. Day 1: Corey Grissom battled him hard but held edge throughout and barely backed up (3.5), kept edge again and pancaked Grissom at end (4), battled Josh Boyd yet kept edge and backed up only a bit (3), too quick for Boyd easily staying with him for awhile-dominant (4), pushed back yet reanchored well vs. Montori Hughes for slight win (1.5), barely gave edge to Hughes yet pushed him very wide for same result (1.5), #2 OL on Day 1. Day 2: Montari Hughes did bull rush getting nowhere with quick reanchor (4), 2nd time Hughes tried edge and couldn’t get it then tried bull again unsuccessfully-he was dominant in this matchup (4), pushed back by Boyd getting off balance then swim moved for loss (-3), Boyd tried edge and easily pushed well around QB (3), held edge and barely moved back vs. Dawkins who got loose on late spin but still win (3), Dawkins tried to get edge again and again tried spin after initial rush defeat yet didn’t let spin win late for big win (4), great push knocking Grissom back 3 yds sideways on 9×7 drill, dominant in 11×11, moves up as arguably the #1 C in the draft-he was dominant throughout. In the 2012 Senior Bowl game he started at C, great success vs. Jordan Hill-explosion and quickness that Garrett Gilkey didn’t have-Gilkey struggled with Hill’s quickness, moved to LG, nice pull block hitting LB in the hole, beat by Hill inside for quick sack up middle, not quick enough on down block allowing penetration by Brandon Williams, beat inside by Hill for pressure. After an elite set of practices he came back to Earth and dropped back behind Holmes and possibly even Frederick. 3rd round 2/13/13.

Combine: Has a girl look to him with feminine face and ponytail. 1.75 10 yd split. 5.00 unofficial 40. Very quick in pull drill. Quick in kick slide drill. Fastest 40 time and most reps among centers.

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Notes: In the 2012 Ohio State game he had low shotgun snap causing QB to get sacked, had very good quickness yet rarely quick enough to pull off combo block as LB on 2nd level always was past him, pushed back into backfield a number of times, got little movement in run game, regularly off balance on 2nd level blocks-terrible technique in this aspect. Overall I wasn’t impressed as he has NFL quickness and strength but is undersized, was pushed back in pass pro occasionally, and looked far inferior on tape to Pac-12 mate Khaled Holmes.

Overall: Brian was known as an undersized center with very good quickness going into the draft process. Yet at the Senior Bowl he consistently anchored against bigger DTs and at the Combine he measured 6’3 and weighed in at 314 lbs with 31 reps on the bench so that’s really not a valid scouting report. On film he does look undersized though and his game film (2nd team Pac-12) was good but hardly great so there is a divergence of opinions on him. Some have him as their #1 center as his one weakness appears to have been fixed (added weight and strength) while others see mediocre film and keep the mid round grade they had on him before. Going into the process I had a 4th round grade on him and am in the 2nd camp as even though he’s bigger and stronger I’m not moving him up too far as his tape just wasn’t deserving of a 2nd round grade. Late 3rd round as my #3 C and slightly overrated 3/27/13.

4. Travis Frederick Wisconsin #72 6’3 5/8 312 Jr.

Comparison: Philip Blake

Combine: Huge beard. Double major in computer engineering and computer science. Terrible 40 time being 5.50 or higher both times. 1.85 10 yd split. Surprisingly good in kick slide drill. Had slowest 40 time among centers and surprised me with only 21 reps as he’s a bigger center.

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Notes: In the 2011 Nebraska game was thrown aside on first play by Jared Crick for TFL (14:55 1st), solid 4 sec run block on run away (13:10 1st), had initial help from Konz and still couldn’t block Crick on run play who tackled him for short gain (5:55 1st), solid pull block getting MLB for a sec but unable to keep him blocked as he made the tackle (2:50 1st), good run block on Crick pushing him to the side he penetrated on to keep him away from play, stacked and shed but able to hold him enough to make Crick not make tackle. 2nd team Big 10 in 2012. 2nd team Big 10 in 2012. In the 2012 Nebraska game (Big 10 championship) he looked dominant and I loved his frame but his strength and athleticism didn’t jump out at me. He looks like a future 3rd-4th round pick who becomes a solid starter but is never elite 12/29/12. In the 2012 Wisconsin game (Rose Bowl) he turned NT David Perry for easy run up middle, beat on snap by DE Ben Gardner but recovered nicely to pancake him to side, got off balance on 2nd block and pancaked by LB AJ Tarpley, couldn’t block LB Shayne Skov on screen ruining play, turned and pancaked Perry on inside run, whiffed on Perry for TFL on 3rd and 1. He had a few poor plays but overall was pretty dominant against one of the 5 best DL in the country. 3rd round 1/3/13.

Overall: Frederick is a big, mauling center which is very rare to find. He cut weight to add athleticism for the Combine but usually he plays in the 320s. For a team that plays a bunch of 3-4 defenses (most 3-4 defenses have a huge NT lined up over the center) or runs the ball regularly Frederick will be a great fit as he was a roadgrader at Wisconsin and should continue in the NFL. That being said I almost moved him to OG from C as the center position requires a quickness that he appears to lack and I worry about that. Some have Frederick as the #1 C on their board but I can’t as I’ve seen far too much film of him being exploited by quicker DL or blitzing LBs and I think it is a weakness that will be exploited at the next level. A system specific (only run oriented offenses) center with an elite frame and strength but below average in other aspects. Late 3rd round as my #4 C 3/27/13.

5. Patrick Lewis Texas A&M #61 6’0 7/8 311 Sr.

Comparison: Ben Jones

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day:

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Notes: In the 2011 SMU game had a holding penalty (6:30 3rd). Has dreads coming out of his helmet. Starting his 43rd consecutive game against Mississippi St. In the 2012 Mississippi St. game he was a key figure blocking well on numerous inside runs, went up against DT Josh Boyd and made him invisible in 1st half, Boyd slipped his block for quick pressure forcing INC-barely touched him, beat on edge pushing him past QB but got pressure. He had his struggles at times vs. Boyd but overall was a solid day against an NFL caliber DT. In the 2012 Oklahoma game (Cotton Bowl) he was quiet as he easily blocked his man all night and the O-line gave no pressure in a blowout win.

Overall: Despite starting +45 consecutive games, playing extremely well in the SEC against countless NFL caliber DL, and being the leader and line caller for the 2nd best OL in the country Patrick Lewis has struggled to get any recognition. It shocked me when I found out that not only the Senior Bowl didn’t invite him to participate but the East-West Shrine game skipped him as well. He settled for the Texas vs. the Nation game where he played well in practice and the game yet he deserved one of the more high profile All-Star games. Right now it appears like Lewis will be a late round selection or even an undrafted free agent yet he’ll get into an NFL camp and whoever does get him won’t let him go. He’s a smart, strong, experienced center who lacks great height or quickness but should be a capable backup early in his career and possibly a starter after a few years. He’s by no means a future Pro Bowler but it still surprises me how little interest he’s currently garnering as Lewis is a steady, dependable player. Late 4th round as my #5 C 2/24/13.

6. JC Tretter Cornell 6’3 5/8 307 Sr. Senior Bowl: Never saw him on film on Day 1. Combine: Average in pull drill. Ran a 5.03 40 and showed great athleticism in every measurable with 29 reps, 29 ½ vertical, 9’1 broad, and a 4.69 shuttle. Began as a 237 lb TE and ended his career as a +300 lb tackle. He projects more as an OG or a C due to his inferior height but has elite athleticism and is worth a late round pick as a project type. 6th round as my #6 C 4/23/13.

7. P.J. Lonergan LSU #64 6’3 ¼ 304 Sr.

Combine: Didn’t ever see him.

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Notes: 2nd generation Tiger. Was the starting C in ’10 after he beat out T-Bob Hebert in spring camps. In the ’10 Cotton Bowl vs. TAMU was very quick and fast surprising me on film when I first saw him. Very aggressive, tenacious blocker who likes to mix it up. Had a great block on DT Jonathan Mathis riding him 3 yds sideways and then falling on him opening a big hole in middle for 11 yd run (10:04 1st), pushed DT Eddie Brown Jr. past the whistle showing good strength and great tenacity (9:21 1st), and false start (1:56 4th). I was very impressed with him and already rate him as a 5th rounder who could easily move up to 2nd or 3rd round status 1/21/11. Enters the 2011 season ranked #50 on my Big Board. In the 2011 Oregon game had a bad snap as the QB was calling timeout but he snapped it anyways causing a fumble that Oregon recovered 15 yards downfield (1:14 1st), it wasn’t pretty but he did a good job keeping the attacking DT on his left shoulder on the right sweep keeping the hole open just long enough for the RB to get through for +10 yards (4:30 2nd), argued numerous times with Hebert after poor OL plays (1:40 2nd), poor job allowing DT penetration but luckily he was able to push him far enough outside to allow RB through the middle (13:32 3rd), and called for holding but was called for his RG’s hold (8:22 4th). He was pretty solid during the game but sure didn’t make it look pretty as he allowed penetration numerous times from Oregon’s smaller DTs but still able to keep them out of the play. In the 2011 Mississippi St. game allowed DT Josh Boyd immediate penetration on inside run that luckily wasn’t disrupted by it (11:47 1st), good block on DT Fletcher Cox who got initial penetration with his quickness but was subdued (8:46 1st), good block on Boyd turning him away from off tackle to the right (5:20 2nd), good recover on Boyd’s penetration to push him well past play in backfield (7:21 4th). He had a solid but hardly spectacular game vs. the two quality DTs and is slipping in my book to more of a 3rd or 4th round type 9/15/11. In the 2011 Florida game he allowed initial penetration vs. DT Dominique Easley but had elite recovery pushing him away from run play and pancaking him within 2 secs of play starting (6:42 1st), injured in 2nd Q with right ankle sprain and didn’t return. Listed as the #93 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. In the 2012 South Carolina game he had good blocks regularly as he showed good technique and a solid base. In the 2012 Alabama game he had poor lateral quickness allowing DT to get inside pressure vs. him, good block of DT Jesse Williams opening huge hole (Gary Daniellson said he hasn’t seen that all season), beat badly by Jesse one play later for no gain tackle, beat by Williams forcing RB to cut in backfield. In the 2012 Auburn game he got rolled up on early in game, came back a few series later after backup C fumbled in red zone. In the 2012 Clemson game he was beat by DT ruining run play left, beat again by DT for pressure-almost hold/almost sack. He struggled much of the game against a non-descript DL and continues to fall on my board. 5th round 1/22/13.

Overall: PJ at one time looked like an early round prospect who possibly could even sneak into the 1st round discussion. That was years ago though and his play, instead of improving, has steadily declined to the point where it wouldn’t shock me if he went undrafted. I’m unsure why this is as he has had some injuries the past few years and could have played at less than 100% but that is only a guess and I’ve heard nothing to substantiate it. In 2010 he played like a 2nd rounder, in 2011 he played like a 3rd-4th rounder, and in 2012 he played like a 5th-6th rounder. PJ is a tough prospect to grade due to this inconsistency yet I’m settling on a late 5th round grade as in 2012 he wasn’t very good and unless I hear a valid reason to explain away his poor play I will just have to accept that he’s a declining player and a roll of the dice project at this point. He’s similar to Oday Aboushi in that it wouldn’t shock me if they received good coaching and time to develop, ending with a long career in the NFL, but it just as easily could be that they continue their struggles and 2 years from now are out of the league. Late 5th round as my #7 C 2/24/13.

8. Dalton Freeman Clemson #55 6’5 285 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Beat on edge with quickness by John Jenkins for quick loss (-4), good 2nd rep handling Jenkins both quickness and power wise (3.5), 11×11-pancaked on pull block by Vince Williams. He was a mixed bag on Day 1. Day 2: Easily handled Corey Grissom holding edge and not being pushed back either time (4, 4), no movement at all vs. Grissom on 9×7 drill, 5th round at best. In the 2012 Senior Bowl game he was backup at C, stayed on block well but jolted by Brandon Williams at snap, beat inside off snap and tackled Sylvester Williams, no push vs. Kawan Short for TFL on inside run. The more I watch him the more I wonder if he won’t be a career backup. 6th round 2/13/13.

Combine: ACC

Pro Day: His 40 and reps were elite with both being near the top among the 58 OL invited to the Combine.

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Notes: 1st team ACC in 2012. In the 2012 South Carolina game he is very skinny and has a narrow frame which worries me against the bull rush. He will need to add weight but his frame is elite and he consistently blocked his man showing NFL quickness. Late round project to bulk up 1/8/13. In the 2012 LSU game he held his own and was the only OL on the team at times to do so as often they looked frazzled, very poor play picking up LB Kevin Minter on blitz who got low on him and rooted him right away for sack.

Overall: Dalton is a player with an elite frame, very good quickness, and with a lot of experience in a good conference. Right now he isn’t strong enough to handle NFL DTs so will need some time to bulk up but once that occurs I could see him becoming a mediocre starter or quality backup who can play C or OG. He’s worth a later round pick as a developmental center. 6th round as my #8 C 2/24/13.

9. Mario Benavides Louisville #55 6’2 5/8 279 Sr.

Combine: Not invited

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Notes: In the 2012 Syracuse game he had a pancake block on his first play-great quickness moving like a wrestler, has a good frame but can be moved too easily on bull rushes and needs to gain weight, pushed back on inside run helping cause TFL, doesn’t look 6’4 so curious to see his combine numbers, beat bad by DT falling down and allowing pressure. 1st team Big East in 2012. In the 2012 Florida game (Sugar Bowl) he held his ground but pancaked on bull rush at end of play.

Overall: Mario is a tall, athletic player who is a late round project due to his inability to anchor against top level DTs. He was solid overall in the Florida game against NFL guys like Shariff Floyd but will need to gain 15-20 lbs before seeing any NFL action. He has the frame to do this though so I’m keeping him at a draftable grade. 7th round as my #9 C 2/24/13.

10. Andrew Robiskie Western Illinois #52 6’1 285 Sr.

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Notes: In the 2012 East-West Shrine game he started at C, solid on pull in red zone pancaking LB in hole, pancaked Anthony McCloud when he tried to penetrate, pancaked LB in hole again on pull, pancaked Joe Vellano on inside run. I counted 4 pancake blocks by him as he wasn’t just quick but surprisingly strong and had elite technique. 5th round off of tape but drops to the 7th due to his poor measurables 3/2/13.

Overall: Andrew is a player who comes from a small school causing me to be unable to watch his games. Yet I was extremely impressed with him at the East-West Shrine game as he was quick, strong, and showed great technique. He pancaked his opponent 4x in that game and intrigued me yet his measurables (6’1 285) are both very subpar and it causes me to question my grade. I will keep a draftable grade on him but drop him due to these measurables. 7th round as my #10 C 3/2/13.

11. James Ferentz Iowa #53 6’1 289 Sr.

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Notes: Kirk Ferentz’s son who plays C for the team and was very solid starting in ’10. In the 2011 Michigan St. game had solid dual block starting on DT then showing quickness to hit LB coming into hole (13:44 1st), moved to left and pancaked DT on run to right-also showed aggressiveness by continuing to attack DT on the ground (2:40 1st), beat inside on right by DT Jerel Worthy who almost got TFL but run was to left, barely touched DT Kevin Pickelman for 3 sec sack (4:05 4th). In the 2012 Nebraska game he had a nice pancake of DT on move left, elite quickness and technique yet his lack of size makes me think he at best can only fit in a zone blocking scheme, very good at getting out to LBs on 2nd level. Free Agent and scheme specific due to his lack of weight 1/24/13. In the 2012 East-West Shrine game he backed up at RG, good quickness getting to LB on 2nd level and battled him into pancake block-Sio Moore no less, false start-called on other OG. He had a few flashes but overall just blocked his man and wasn’t beat.

Overall: James is the classic overachieving undersized center. He has elite technique, elite quickness, and very solid film but I question whether he can anchor against big NTs at 6’1 289. His best fit would be in a zone blocking scheme that incorporates a lot of movement and cut blocking. He showed added versatility at the East-West Shrine game lining up at OG and being very capable yet he still is only a late round guy due to his subpar measurables. 7th round as my #11 C 3/2/13.

Free Agent

Joe Madsen Senior Bowl: Day 1: 1×1-Struggled containing Kawann Short’s power (-3), initially good then lost Brandon Williams for late loss (-2.5). He was the 2nd worst OL on day 1. Day 2: Handled Sylvester Williams rush holding edge (3), beat initially by Jordan Hill but recovered very well for slight win (1), kept edge vs. Brandon yet pushed slowly back near QB (-2). Day 4: Pushed back by Hill but held own for win (2), good battle with Hill who spun but held him well (2), pushed back well by Short yet barely hung on (-1). In the 2012 Senior Bowl he backed up at C, easily blocked Corey Grissom on outside run-good technique. He and Cave look like career backups. Free Agent 2/19/13. Combine: Very quick in kick slide drill both times.

Braxston Cave Notre Dame Sr. Redshirted his freshman year. In the 2011 South Florida game allowed Keith McCaskill to penetrate for TFL in red zone (12:35 2nd). In the 2012 Purdue game he struggled against Kawann Short being swim moved for a 4 sec sack, being stacked and shed all game long, and never having the ability to get any push on him-he needed a double team just to contain Short. Senior Bowl: Day 1: 1×1- Beat early vs. Sylvester Williams but recovered for slight loss (-1), beat on edge vs. Kawann Short for slight loss-again good recovery though (-1), lost edge and beat on 2nd round (-2.5). Day 2: Beat by Short with shake and bake for big loss (-4), pushed back on bull rush by Short for loss (-3), handled Williams edge rush well (3). Day 4: Handled out of control Sylvester who fell down (3), beat on edge by Short forcing hold (-3), good job leading Sylvester away from QB on outside rush (3), pushed by Sylvester straight into QB (-4). In the 2012 Senior Bowl he started at C, good help of RG to pancake Montori Hughes, Hughes beat him off snap for TFL-immediately past him, stacked and shed by John Jenkins. He and Madsen look like career backups. Free Agent 2/19/13. Combine: Very poor 10 yd split (1.87), full sleeve on left arm. False start. Mom had OL over every Thursday for dinner. Poor in move drill. Good in kick slide drill. Despite Mayock’s opinion (he overrates every golden domer) I continue to think that this kid is nothing more than a free agent 3/2/13.

Jordan Rae Central Florida #73 6’2 275 Sr. In the 2012 Ball St. game I noticed his below average frame as he isn’t tall and lacks the bulk of NFL centers, he’s an experienced starter though who coaches rave about as an intelligent guy on the field and he made his blocks consistently. Free Agent 12/22/12.

Camp invite

TJ Johnson South Carolina #55 6’6 320 Sr. 2nd team SEC in 2012. In the 2012 Clemson game I noticed his elite size for a C but he had poor quickness and didn’t look NFL caliber, has a somewhat sloppy body. Camp invite solely on him making SEC team 1/8/13. 1.83 10 yd split. Camp invite 4/18/13.

Matt Stankiewitch Penn St. #54 Sr. In the 2012 East-West Shrine game he started at C, battled hard with DT-great aggression, beat instantly by quick move of Josh Boyd for pressure, pushed well back by William Campbell. He didn’t impress me except for his physicality and aggressiveness. Camp invite 2/20/13. Combine: Good in pull drill.

Undraftable

Mike Golic Jr. Notre Dame 6’3 295 Sr. Son of Mike Golic the ND great. Did not start in the 2011 South Florida game. In the 2012 Stanford game he was terrible getting swim moved by LB Chase Thomas for pressure, getting pushed back by DT Henry Anderson for TFL, two false start, and appearing to be targeted as the weak link by the D. The kid is terrible! Undrafteable 10/29/12.

Ben Habern OU #61 Sr. Started in 2010 at C as a soph. In the 2011 Iowa game he was absolutely embarrassed all game long vs. Mike Daniels who had multiple sacks and was bull rushing him or tossing him around like a rag doll all game long. Undrafteable 12/31/11. Offseason neck surgery and out for 2012 season.

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