NFL Draft Stock: Ted Larsen

Allen LoppCorrespondent IMarch 1, 2010

Ted Larsen is an offensive lineman that attended NC State, where he played center after being converted from a defensive tackle. After his first year as the center he was added to the Rimington trophy watch list, the Rimington trophy is given to the top collegiate center. 

Larsen is officially listed at 6'2", 304 pounds, and the all important arm length at 32 inches. Many scouts have him listed as the fifth best center in the draft.

Like I mentioned above Larsen has only been playing center at the collegiate level for two years and he can improve but he has solid fundamentals and consistently stays low with his knees bent.

He also handles speed rushers with success and can redirect them very nicely, this makes him versatile and he can play both center and offensive guard.

Larsen recently participated in the NFL combine where his best performance was seventh in the 20-yard shuttle run, where he ran it in 4.66 seconds. He also did the 225 pound bench rep 26 times. His stock could see some potential rise on his pro day which will be on March 24th.

Many Scouts have Larsen going as early as the fourth round but the overall consensus is that he will be taken in the fifth round.

The need for centers in this years draft is very low which hurts his draft stock, but he is nicely built and is a hard-worker.

Larsen doesn't stack up to the top center in this years draft class Maurkice Pouncey, but he has tons of potential and could help any team in need of some depth at the center position.