NFL Draft 400: Ranking the Top Centers for 2016

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 17, 2016

NFL Draft 400: Ranking the Top Centers for 2016

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    The 2016 NFL draft class doesn't feature two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks at the top like last season's did with Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be excited about this year's class. With this draft set to be dominated by defensive linemen and small-school studs, not many people know as many names as they did last offseason.  

    The goal of the NFL Draft 400 series is to change that.

    The top 400 players were tracked, scouted, graded and ranked by me and my scouting assistants, Marshal Miller and Dan Bazal, along with intern Jerod Brown. Together, we viewed tape of a minimum of three games per player (the same standard NFL teams use). Often, we saw every play by a prospect over the last two years. That led to the center grades, rankings and scouting reports you see here.

    Players were graded on positives and negatives, with a pro-player comparison added to match the player's style or fit in the NFL. The top 400 players will be broken down position by position for easy viewing before the release of a top-400 big board prior to the draft.

    In the case of a tie, players were ranked based on their overall grade in our top 400.

Matt Miller NFL Draft Grading Scale

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    At the end of each scouting report, you'll see a final grade that falls somewhere between 4.00 and 9.00. This scale comes from the teaching I received from Charley Casserly, Michael Lombardi and other former and current front-office personnel in the NFL. I tweaked it this year to be more transparent. As a result, each player received a number grade as well as a ranking.

    This applies to all positions across the board.

    Matt Miller's Draft Grading Scale
    GradeLabel
    9.00Elite—No. 1 pick
    8.00-8.99All-Pro—Rare Talent
    7.50-7.99Round 1—Pro Bowl Potential
    7.00-7.49Round 1—Top-15-Player Potential
    6.50-6.99Round 2—Rookie Impact/Future Starter
    6.00-6.49Round 3—Rookie Impact/Future Starter
    5.80-5.99Round 3-4—Future Starter
    5.70-5.79Round 4—Backup Caliber
    5.60-5.69Round 5—Backup Caliber
    5.50-5.59Round 6—Backup Caliber
    5.40-5.49Round 7—Backup Caliber
    5.00-5.39Priority Free Agent
    4.50-4.99Camp Player

12. Matt Skura, Duke

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    Combine/Pro Day Results
    HeightWeight40 TimeArm Length3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'3"305 lbs5.26s35 1/4"7.83s4.57s 

    POSITIVES

    A four-year starter, Matt Skura leaves Duke with a pro-ready skill set and the instincts to see the field early on. Skura’s length and hand size (10”) are impressive on the hoof. He’s a strong player (30 bench reps at his pro day) and has the heavy hands to lock up defenders in the middle of the line. Skura’s length is a major asset and allows him to reach pass-rushers in the A-gap without lunging.

    In both run and pass situations, Skura shows fantastic strength on double-teams. He’s quick to shift and chip over the guard and can handle angle blocks with ease. He locates well and has the instincts and awareness to call out line changes. That same football IQ serves Skura well at the second level, where he rarely misses his mark.

    Skura is poised and in control at the line and rarely gets out of position or too high in his pads. His patience, football IQ and length all point to a future as a starter.

    NEGATIVES

    Skura doesn’t show the explosive athleticism to dominate with quickness working laterally or outside his anchor. When facing a nose tackle in the run game, Skura can struggle to generate an initial push off the ball. He’s a lighter-framed player who wins with quickness and length, not power.

    When looking at hips and feet, Skura can get stiff when locked up with an opponent. He’ll lose his knee bend against longer defenders and struggles to win the block if he doesn’t get home with his length first. His recovery skills, because of a lack of athleticism, are below average.

    Skura hasn’t been asked to work often off the center of the line. Teams that want a center who can protect his gap and anchor will value his play, but zone schemes may find him too limited in space.

    PRO COMPARISON: Eric Wood, Buffalo Bills

    FINAL GRADE: 5.00/9.00 (Priority Free Agent)

11. Kyle Friend, Temple

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    Pro-Day Results
    HeightWeight40 TimeArm Length3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'2"305 lbs5.08sN/A7.48s4.89s

    POSITIVES

    Kyle Friend has the leadership skills NFL teams crave. Coaches and teammates alike raved about the three-time Temple captain when interviewed.

    Excellent work ethic and a nonstop motor on the field keep Friend alive on plays where his size should wash him out. He’s a powerful player in his punch and has the anchor strength to shut down nose tackles trying to penetrate the offensive line. Friend will win fights in a phone booth and controls defenders once he gets his hands set into their frame.

    Friend is active and aggressive at center. There’s an initial pop in his tape, and he has enough quickness to retreat or move laterally to cut off blockers. Friend does a great job with pitter-patter steps while digging his heels in to anchor. He has the speed to cut off the rush.

    NEGATIVES

    Small-framed with short arms, Friend doesn’t fit the profile of a power-scheme center. While the leverage advantage created by his height helps, his short arms keep Friend from winning after initial contact as a blocker. He can't carry defenders through a play and is susceptible to secondary rush moves.

    Friend’s lack of size shows up in space. He’s quick, but short arms and poor positioning limit his ability to truly protect the A-gaps. A good speed-to-power conversion can overwhelm him, as it takes him time to get set for power.

    None of his traits are far above the line, and Friend is working against the odds as a small player with short arms and average athleticism.

    A current trend in the NFL is for a backup center to also help at guard, and Friend won’t be able to do that. He’s a center only, which may be a luxury pick for teams before late in the draft.

    PRO COMPARISON: David Andrews, New England Patriots

    FINAL GRADE: 5.40/9.00 (Round 7—Backup Caliber)

10. Austin Blythe, Iowa

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    Combine Results
    HeightWeight40 TimeArm Length3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'2"291 lbs5.36s30 1/4"7.52s4.53s 

    POSITIVES

    A four-year starter at offensive line powerhouse Iowa, Austin Blythe may not look the part physically, but he’s one of the best technicians at the position. A state-champion wrestler in high school, Blythe plays with the leverage and toughness you’d expect.

    Blythe is a poised technician after the ball is snapped. He plays with excellent balance and pad level while working a punch that is equally heavy on both hands. His feet are quick to recover from the snap, and he’s able to gain his composure without giving up ground in the pocket.

    Awareness and instincts are major positives for Blythe. He’s able to process what the defense gives him and won’t get caught out of position on a stunt or delayed pressure. When a nose tackle is head-up on Blythe, he can initiate contact and maintain a swivel to locate other defenders. He’s an excellent help-blocker because of a developed football IQ.

    NEGATIVES

    Scouts mention short arms and small hands (9 ⅜”) when you talk to them about Blythe. He’s not overly explosive for an undersized player. At just 291 pounds, there are concerns that he’s only a fit in a zone scheme.

    The on-field issues came when Blythe had to match power with power. Nose tackles with any length countered his hip snap and tossed him aside. He won’t win with a single punch because his short arms prevent a follow-up.

    Without the length and size that teams need and want, Blythe isn’t viewed as a top-tier prospect, but his technique and leverage are good enough to see him in a starting role after he adds lower-body power.

    PRO COMPARISON: Taylor Boggs, Arizona Cardinals

    FINAL GRADE: 5.60/9.00 (Round 5—Backup Caliber)

9. Cole Toner, Harvard

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    Combine Results
    HeightWeight40 TimeArm Length3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'5"306 lbs5.32s33 1/8"7.88s4.59s 

    POSITIVES

    A National Merit scholar in high school, Cole Toner chose Harvard over the other Ivy League schools and carved out a solid career playing right tackle.

    Toner is a versatile offensive lineman, with teams seeing his value at every position, depending on their scheme. Here, he’s ranked at the position that is best for his traits—center. Toner is an intelligent player on and off the field and showed at the Senior Bowl that he has the tools to compete with higher levels of competition.

    As either a tackle, guard or center, Toner's first-step power will intrigue NFL teams. He can win with aggression no matter the blocking assignment. Toner’s comfort level as a blocker allows him to look natural while picking up stunts on the edge or down-blocking to wall off a defender on outside runs.

    Toner is an upside project, but his ability to be a swing tackle right out of the gate or potentially a center makes him an intriguing candidate in the middle rounds.

    NEGATIVES

    The obvious concern is that Toner played against some weak competition at Harvard. You might be better off finding quality competition in his practice tape.

    Athletically, he can be heavy-footed when operating in space and was rarely asked to recover and counter a pass-rusher. In the run game, Toner was able to lock on and drive Ivy League linebackers out of the lane with ease but never had the opportunity to show great drive power against NFL-caliber defenders. A lack of hip pop and flex in his knees makes you wonder if he’ll ever be able to get the explosion to be dominant at the point of attack.

    There are no issues with Toner’s awareness, but his ability to move with NFL speed and power can’t be found on his game tape. He’s a complete projection to the next level, and teams will have varying ideas about how to best use him.

    PRO COMPARISON: Hroniss Grasu, Chicago Bears

    FINAL GRADE: 5.65/9.00 (Round 5—Backup Caliber)

8. Jack Allen, Michigan State

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    Combine Results
    HeightWeight40 TimeArm Length3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'1"294 lbs5.29s32 1/4"7.9s4.73s 

    POSITIVES

    A 2015 First-Team All-American, Jack Allen was a four-year starter on top-tier Michigan State teams. An incredibly tough player, Allen started 42 games at center and five at left guard in his college career.

    According to Michigan State coaches, Allen recorded 77 knockdown blocks this past season while missing two games with an ankle injury. Coaches asked the versatile lineman to slide into a left tackle role—where he held his own—because of injuries to Jack Conklin.

    Allen doesn’t have great size, but he wins with technique. The former high school wrestler has wonderful leverage and plays with the knee bend and aggressive style needed to get under defenders' pads and forklift them out of the play. He owns the offensive line and brings a swagger to the pivot position. He’s competitive and mean when matching up against nose tackles and will walk back much larger players because he knows how to lock his hands inside their frame.

    In space, Allen moves better than you’d expect as a straight-line blocker. He routinely played in the Nebraska linebackers' faces in the game in Lincoln.

    NEGATIVES

    Short, lean and short-armed, Allen doesn’t fit any of the standards set for size at the position. And even as a smaller center, his times in the 20-yard shuttle and three-cone drill were among the worst of any ranked center in this class. Small usually means athletic, but not for Allen.

    He doesn’t flash as a flexible player in his hips or back. Allen will get rigid when trying to anchor against a bull rush and can get tossed aside when he lets his knees become straight. As a mover laterally, Allen lacks the speed to cut off quick defenders. He’s not effective while moving off his spot as a center.

    Allen moved all over the line for the Spartans, but his lack of size and length make him a one-position player in the pros. If he can add some bulk to his frame, Allen would be better equipped to deal with power in his face.

    PRO COMPARISON: Chris Watt, San Diego Chargers

    FINAL GRADE: 5.70/9.00 (Round 4—Backup Caliber)

7. Graham Glasgow, Michigan

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    Combine Results
    HeightWeight40 TimeArm Length3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'6"307 lbs5.13s33 5/8"7.63s4.63s 

    POSITIVES

    A four-year letterman at a program known for churning out offensive linemen, Graham Glasgow emerged on the NFL draft scene thanks to new head coach Jim Harbaugh’s pushing his name to scouts. From Week 1 on, Glasgow earned the praise, starting 13 games at center after previously playing both guard positions.

    A 37-game starter, Glasgow’s versatility will be appealing. He has the size and length to handle right tackle duties, has played both guard spots and was impressive as a center in 2015. That ability to help as a value pick adds to Glasgow’s stock.

    A tough player at the point of attack, Glasgow wins with a strong lower body and aggressive hands. He’ll rely on power to move defenders out of the hole and had success against NFL-quality defenders in the Big Ten. He understands how to intimidate opponents and uses leverage and strong hands to push nose tackles or gap defenders away. He’ll recover and reset well after the snap to set up a pocket and doesn’t surrender his ground there easily.

    NEGATIVES

    Watching Glasgow work in space can be painful. He’s a plodder moving to the second level and doesn’t make initial contact with explosive hands. His accuracy when in space suffers, too, as Glasgow’s body control decreases the farther he gets from center.

    Poor hand placement is a fixable issue but a large negative when viewing him as a first-year player. Glasgow gets way outside the frame of defenders and will be a penalty risk when put on the field. Tighter angles and learning to ride the hip of a defender will help him with hand placement, but he also has to speed up his hands both in pass protection and the run game.

    Nothing Glasgow does happens fast, from his punch to his feet in space. If a team can recondition his blocks and speed up his entire process, he could be special.

    A DUI arrest in March 2014 landed Glasgow on probation, which was then extended for an alcohol violation.

    PRO COMPARISON: Bryan Stork, New England Patriots

    FINAL GRADE: 5.70/9.00 (Round 4—Backup Caliber)

6. Max Tuerk, USC

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    Combine/Pro Day Results
    HeightWeight40 TimeArm Length3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'5"298 lbs5.1s32 1/2"7.63s4.63s 

    POSITIVES

    A versatile three-year starter at USC, Max Tuerk has played left guard, center, right tackle and left tackle in his 33 career starts.

    Tuerk shines as an athlete on film and in person (Notre Dame, 2015). In pregame warm-ups, he was the smoothest of all the USC linemen and matched that label when the game started. He’s agile in space and explosive enough to stun defenders out of the snap.

    Tuerk has the foot speed to pull and trap and will get to linebackers without a delay. There is no heaviness in his movements, and he can play with speed at the second level.

    Tuerk looks like a tackle in his frame and pass-protects like one. He prefers to stand and punch and does so with poise and balance in his stance. He doesn’t get panicked and doesn’t bend at the waist, instead letting his feet move to mirror and shadow with complete confidence in his ability to fight off the defender. Tuerk prepares well for power moves and uses his leverage to win where his smaller frame holds him back.

    NEGATIVES

    NFL teams and draft media thought highly of Tuerk as a prospect when the season began. A struggling USC offense (and offensive line) affected the perception of his play, and an injury to his knee in October led to Tuerk’s senior season being his most disappointing.

    A tall, lean center, Tuerk doesn’t have the power to rock back nose tackles and walk back defensive linemen. He’ll have to add weight and strength to handle a starting job in the pros. As it stands, Tuerk doesn’t have the lower-body strength to dig in against powerful defensive linemen or the upper-body strength to control players once they’ve locked horns.

    Athleticism and effort allowed Tuerk to win at USC, but games against teams with marquee defensive tackles (Notre Dame) showed weaknesses in his ability to slide and protect gaps. A lack of power opens him up to countermoves where he just can't get enough leverage or is not strong enough to counter. At 6’5”, he only has 32 ½” arms, so he’s not winning with length either.

    A solid prospect and a smart player, Tuerk has starting potential but must work out the issues on his tape first.

    PRO COMPARISON: Cameron Erving, Cleveland Browns

    FINAL GRADE: 5.99/9.00 (Round 3-4—Future Starter)

5. Evan Boehm, Missouri

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    Combine Results
    HeightWeight40 TimeArm Length3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'2"309 lbs5.33s31 5/8"7.52s4.69s 

    POSITIVES

    A captain in his senior season at Missouri, Evan Boehm started 52 straight games for the Tigers, including 12 in his final year. A three-year starter at center, Boehm hit the ground running and started 12 games at left guard in his true freshman (2012) season.

    The son of a high school football coach, Boehm is the ideal center prospect on the hoof. He’s tall enough with big hands (10 ¼”) and has a thick, powerful trunk. He’s a natural anchor in the middle of the line and showed his football IQ by handling line checks for the Tigers in each of the last two seasons.

    Boehm is an easy mover in space and has the traits to handle both zone- or power-scheme assignments. Boehm plays with fantastic power at the point of attack and pancaked SEC defensive tackles routinely. He’s poised, confident and is the ultimate help-blocker in the middle of the line. Coming from Mizzou, which has become an offensive line factory, Boehm developed as a player with the Tigers coaching staff's help, and he can mentally handle the NFL as a rookie.

    In space and in tight quarters, Boehm excels. He uses leverage well to control power-rushers and has the quickness to move laterally and protect the gaps off his shoulders. He can get in space and reach linebackers with his explosive hands and looks natural pulling or trapping.

    NEGATIVES

    Boehm played through a high ankle sprain throughout the 2015 campaign, which may help explain why he took a step back on the field this season. Some scouts have expressed concerns that the line around him in 2014—with Connor McGovern and Mitch Morse—hid his flaws.

    Boehm is built like a brick house with short legs and short arms. Teams that like length at center will frown at his sub-32” arms. He’s a short-strider who takes time to build up to the second level when chasing linebackers. This was notable against BYU when defenders who ran at a pro level challenged him.

    If teams don’t like Boehm’s frame, he’ll be a wash for them because it’s completely maxed out. He’s as big as he’s going to get at 309 pounds. That, coupled with poor length and a down year in 2015, could be enough to see him fall to Day 3 of the draft.

    PRO COMPARISON: Weston Richburg, New York Giants

    FINAL GRADE: 5.99/9.00 (Round 3-4—Future Starter)

4. Nick Martin, Notre Dame

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    Combine Results
    HeightWeight40 TimeArm Length3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'4"299 lbs5.22s32 1/2"7.57s4.72s 

    POSITIVES

    The brother of 2014 first-rounder Zack Martin, Nick Martin enjoyed a fantastic week at the 2016 Senior Bowl that saw him shoot up this draft board. A versatile interior lineman, Martin should see the field as a rookie.

    A two-year team captain and three-year starter (playing both center and left guard), Martin has the experience you want in the man running the show up front. He matches experience with athleticism, showing the power to win at the point of attack and the agility to get in space and do damage to linebackers and wide pass-rushers. Martin is a finisher with a mean streak who dominated Senior Bowl practices with his leverage and hand placement.

    He is relaxed and poised out of his snap. It’s a clean, effortless movement to go from the exchange to his punch. He has quick elbows and fast hands to execute a punch and plays with a readiness that’s impressive for a college lineman. Martin moves well in a straight line and will attack linebackers mercilessly. When I viewed him live against USC, he dominated over and over again on inside runs.

    NEGATIVES

    A knee injury suffered against BYU in late 2013 cost Martin the rest of his redshirt sophomore season and was still holding him back early in 2014. It would be unfair to compare him to his brother Zack, as he’s not as athletic since his knee injury or as refined as a pass-blocker.

    The biggest issue on film with Martin is poor hip flexibility and explosion. He too often gets rigid when engaged with a defender and can lose his man when asked to counter against a hard swim or rip move. If he can’t shadow and slide to cut off the secondary pass-rush move, his outside shoulders get exposed.

    Even late in 2015, Martin wasn’t playing with the knee bend and hip snap you expect given his overall athleticism. It may be physical or mental, but something is holding him back from the explosive movements that were on his early tape.

    PRO COMPARISON: Corey Linsley, Green Bay Packers

    FINAL GRADE: 5.99/9.00 (Round 3-4—Future Starter)

3. Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State

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    Combine Results
    HeightWeight40 TimeArm Length3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'4"303 lbs5.19s33"7.40s4.52s 

    POSITIVES

    Before the 2015 NFL draft, I asked Danny Shelton who the toughest offensive lineman he’d ever faced was. He immediately replied that Isaac Seumalo gave him a long day when the two met in 2013. When a top-15 draft picks calls you his toughest day, you’re getting noticed.

    Seumalo was impressive enough as a true freshman to start at center for the Beavers, logging every start that year. He’s versatile enough to have played everywhere on the offensive line except left guard.

    Seumalo is experienced and tough, combining awareness and a mean streak to beat up defenders. He has ideal size with a big frame, long arms and enough strength to man-up against a bull rush and shut down interior power. Seumalo has the lateral movement to cut off defenders in gaps and knows how to work leverage and angles to reach linebackers on the move.

    Poised and possessing smooth feet coming out of the snap, Seumalo uses his punch well to give his base time to set up. A dependable help-blocker, Seumalo is great at chipping an outside technique tackle and then working to shut down linebackers.

    NEGATIVES

    Seumalo missed time in 2012 with a knee injury and the entire 2014 season with a foot injury that required multiple surgeries. He left Oregon State after his redshirt junior season, largely because he was finally healthy.

    At just 303 pounds, Seumalo is a little lighter than some teams like, but his narrow frame doesn’t look like it will support more weight. He’ll be asked to improve his core strength and work on adding hip and hamstring explosion. Working on improving where his hands land when punching in pass protection, and when locking on in the run game, will help Seumalo realize his potential as a power player.

    Two significant injuries and an average frame are big questions, but when healthy, Seumalo looks like an NFL starter at guard or center.

    PRO COMPARISON: Max Unger, New Orleans Saints

    FINAL GRADE: 6.50/9.00 (Round 2-3—Future Starter)

2. Cody Whitehair, Kansas State

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    Combine Results
    HeightWeight40 TimeArm Length3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'4"301 lbs5.08s32 3/8"7.32s4.58s 

    POSITIVES

    A four-time All-Big 12 player, Cody Whitehair started 51 games at Kansas State (of a possible 52) and ended his career with a streak 41 contests in which he served as a starter.

    A left tackle at Kansas State, Whitehair is being projected all over the offensive line by NFL teams. Some viewed him best at guard, where he’d make a move similar to Zack Martin or Joel Bitonio, but others (and myself) see him as a Mitch Morse-type player who would be best at center. Whitehair handled snaps at the Senior Bowl and was a natural.

    A relentless worker, Whitehair has body control and poise in his pass sets and excellent leverage throughout his blocking resume. He’s an ideal mix of strength, balance and work ethic. Whitehair has heavy hands and is able to slide to shadow defenders in space at tackle or move inside at an interior position. He understands timing and is excellent in working with angles to reach linebackers in space. His wide trunk allows him to fire off with power and move defenders at impact.

    A projection to an inside position is a must for Whitehair given his lack of length and bulk, and teams may be split on whether he should be a guard or a center. Either way, he has the look of a rookie starter with Pro Bowl upside thanks to his technique and toughness.

    NEGATIVES

    Tall with short arms and a lean frame, Whitehair doesn’t have the body type to play at tackle and may need to add strength and size to play inside. Even as a guard, Whitehair’s 32” arms may be viewed as a red flag.

    Whitehair sometimes has a propensity to lunge when attacking defenders at the second level. Contests against athletic linebackers saw him playing with more of a waist bend in the run game than seen against marginal competition.

    A safe, smart player, Whitehair was a jack-of-all-trades at Kansas State and has the tools to excel once he’s able to truly settle into one position and work within an actual pro scheme.

    PRO COMPARISON: Travis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys

    FINAL GRADE: 6.90/9.00 (Round 2—Rookie Starter)

1. Ryan Kelly, Alabama

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    Combine Results
    HeightWeight40 TimeArm Length3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'4"311 lbs5.03s33 5/8"7.58s4.59s 

    POSITIVES

    A three-year starter at center, Ryan Kelly handled all the line calls for the Alabama offense in 2015, helping the Crimson Tide capture another national title. A consensus first-team All-American, Kelly has a shot to hear his name called on the first night of the draft.

    Alabama coaches credited Kelly with allowing zero sacks and just four hurries all season while missing just eight assignments—ridiculous numbers considering the talent Kelly faced. Throw in 20 knockdowns and one penalty just for fun, and Kelly’s resume looks amazing.

    On tape, Kelly runs the roost. He’s a confident, tough, mean center who looks for a fight on every down. Put a nose tackle over Kelly, and he’ll push and scrape to get them out of the hole with leverage and hand placement. Kelly was a driving force in the massive inside holes Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry saw routinely. Thanks to his power and his lateral movements, the A-gap at Alabama in 2015 was a freeway.

    When Kelly took over for Barrett Jones, it was tough to imagine he could fill those shoes, but he’s developed into the better college player and a far better NFL prospect.

    NEGATIVES

    Kelly projects as a Day 1, high-level player with few real negatives. Some teams may want him to fill out his wide-based frame to improve his upper-body strength. It wouldn’t be shocking to see other teams ask him to work on his aggressive style of play to limit overextending what's almost a lunge at times.

    Kelly doesn’t have great power off his push when the ball is snapped—a trait he covers with inside hand placement. His technique has to be spot on to win there, though, and he could struggle early to figure out NFL rushers. Better timing in his blitz recognition will be a concern from coaches based off his college tape. When firing out to attack linebackers, Kelly will try a shoulder block instead of using his hands at times, and that's not going to fly in the NFL.

    PRO COMPARISON: Alex Mack, Atlanta Falcons

    FINAL GRADE: 7.00/9.00 (Round 1—Rookie Starter)