Today, I examined the guards expected to be available for the 2008 NFL Draft. Today, I will examine the centers I expect to be available for the draft; historically, centers aren’t drafted till the 4th round or later. This year shouldn’t be any different. Center depth just isn’t there this year. Below, you’ll see the players’ name, school, brief narrative about the player and the team, if any, expected to draft the player in question. Here we go:
1. Steve Justice, Wake Forest
He’s athletic and quick. Has above-average football smarts and awareness. Uses his hands well and is technically sound. Has a great motor and has a good work ethic. Downside for Justice – Needs to bulk up; a little undersized (6’4″, 284). Will have trouble at times taking on larger defenders headsup. Whoever drafts him will have to have a zone-blocking scheme in place.
Team likely to draft him: Green Bay (4th round)
2. John Sullivan, Notre Dame
Decent size and bulk (6’4″, 303). Knows about leverage and positioning. Good football smarts and awareness. Has a defensive end’s mentality (non-stop motor, always moving). Downside for Sullivan – Below-average balance. Needs to do a better job finishing his blocks. Had issues with the shotgun snap as Notre Dame didn’t use it that much. Not as powerful as he could be.
Team likely to draft him: Detroit (4th round)
3. Cody Wallace, Texas A&M
Good frame and could get bigger (6’4″, 294). Tough player with a bit of a nasty streak. Good smarts and awareness. Leadership potential is there. Downside for Wallace – Poor footwork technique. Needs a better push in the run game. A work in progress as he would have to be signed by a team that has a scheme tailor-made for him.
Team likely to draft him: St. Louis Rams (5th round)