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William Vlachos is an outstanding, consistent center and was on the Rimington watch list for two straight years. He has had trouble at times, but what offensive lineman doesn't?
He's widely known to have been the strongest player on an offensive line that included Outland Trophy winner Barrett Jones and massive, dominating run blocker D.J. Fluker.
Vlachos will have to wait until his first Pro Bowl (yea, I said it) appearance to say, "I told you so," and here's why.
• Vlachos is closer to six-foot-nothing than he is to 6'1". He's learned to use that to his advantage, but the "eyeball test" can be brutal on a player's draft stock.
• Centers are not highly regarded unless they are ultimate talent. Good but not great players of other positions can go in the first round, but not centers.
• The center class this year has the likes of Wisconsin's Peter Konz and Ohio State's Michael Brewster. Top-tier talent in a low priority position hurts Vlachos.
• He did not receive an invite to the NFL Combine, which I examined in a previous article. Not getting the chance to compare himself directly against the other centers is a serious blow for a guy not already regarded as an elite player.