2010 NFL Draft: Center Rankings

Kevin RobertsSenior Writer IFebruary 10, 2010

There aren't any sure-fire first-rounders at the center position, although there are a few players who could be strongly argued as second-rounders, with the top five all posing a decent argument to be first day selections.

Read on for the 2010 NFL Draft rankings for the Center position:

1. Maurkice Pouncey (Florida)

Pouncey has great size and versatility, allowing him to at least spot-play all three positions at the next level, although he will almost certainly be drafted as a center.

There doesn't seem to be much doubt of Pouncey's athleticism and strength, making him the top center prospect in this draft, regardless of slight concerns over the offensive scheme he played in.

Pouncey has quite easily the best blend of size, strength, and athleticism at center in this draft class, and will undoubtedly be the first one off the board.

2. J.D. Walton (Baylor)

Walton isn't overly agile or athletic, but he does have a solid initial quickness, and is flat-out built, both mentally and physically, to handle the rigors of the inside of the line in the NFL.

His short arms and average athleticism may drop him a bit in NFL scout's minds, but his relentless pursuit against the defender holds him a level above most of his competition in this draft class.

He is an absolutely dominant inside guard and/or center, an aspect that cannot be ignored, regardless of any athletic or measurable short-comings.

3. Eric Olsen (Notre Dame)

Olsen has great size and strong fundamentals, possessing elite versatility and knowledge of the game. He can literally play any position on the line, and do so at a very high level, although he is best suited to play inside the line.

Olsen may be outwardly held down by his Notre Dame line's relatively poor showing in 2009, but with just one sack given up, he clearly stands out from the rest of his teammates as an elite prospect.

He still appears a bit lead-footed, and can struggle with locating defenders when moving forward in run-blocking.

4. Matt Tennant (Boston College)

Tennant has 40 consecutive starts to his name for Boston College, displaying his toughness, durability, and experience of play against fierce competition in the Big East.

Tennant is a bit on the smaller side (291 pounds), and needs to get bigger to play on the inside of the line, but definitely has all the tools and fundamentals to excel at the next level.

His biggest questions will come in the weight room, as his resume as a long-starting Big East lineman tells the rest of his story.

5. John Estes (Hawaii)

Estes is the NCAA record holder with 54 consecutive starts on the offensive line, providing great toughness and durability for his future NFL team.

What Estes lacks in ideal size, he makes up for with great fundamentals and above-average athleticism. Many scouts don't feel he has the proper size and strength to handle working inside at the next level, but few know the position as well as Estes (if any) in this draft class.

Honorable Mention: Erin Crook, Kenny Alfred, Jacob Hickman, Chris Hall, Joel Nitchman

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