2012 NFL Mock Draft: Top 10 Available Centers and Guards

After countless hours of watching game film, Jayson Braddock and Dory LeBlanc have narrowed down the top ten centers and guards (combined) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

They used extensive criteria that included (but was not limited to) pass blocking, run blocking, pulling/trapping, initial quickness, downfield quickness, physical makeup, and physicality into determining how those attributes translate to the NFL.

The ten-best prospects at the C/G (combined) position are:

1. David DeCastro – G – Stanford, rJr., 6’5” 312 Lbs. – Far and away the best OG to enter the draft in years. He will go quickly in the first round.

2. Peter Konz – C – Wisconsin, rJr., 6’5” 315 Lbs. – Excellent combination of size, strength, quickness, and intelligence and can also line up at Guard.

3. Brandon Washington – G – Miami (FL), Jr., 6’3” 325 Lbs. – We have Cordy Glenn being drafted as an OT, a position Washington also has experience playing – but we like him more as a guard. His tape can be a little inconsistent at times, but he has enough upside to be the number two guard drafted this year.

4. Kevin Zeitler – G – Wisconsin, Sr., 6’4” 315 Lbs. – Madison produces solid offensive lineman, and Zeitler will keep the tradition alive at the next level.

5. Ben Jones – C – Georgia, Sr., 6’3” 304 Lbs. – A four-year starter at Georgia, Jones is durable and tough with a high football IQ and a good first step out of his stance. Could have a long and productive career in the NFL.

6. Amini Silatolu – G – Midwestern State, Sr., 6’3” 318 Lbs. – Played left OT in college, but is better suited for guard in the NFL. This small school guy has everything you want in an interior lineman – he’s thick and athletic with solid technique and good short-area quickness.

7. Kelechi Osemele – G – Iowa State, rSr., 6’5” 333 Lbs. – Another converted LT, Osemele is a big, strong offensive lineman. He’s a little raw and needs to work on technique, but he is undeniably powerful.

8. Philip Blake – C – Baylor, Sr., 6’2” 312 Lbs. – Continues the tradition of Canadian lineman playing at Baylor, was the 23rd overall selection by the Montreal Alouettes, but opted to return to Waco for his senior season.

9. Michael Brewster – C – Ohio State, Sr., 6’4” 319 Lbs. – Technically sound four year starter who started 49 consecutive games (51 games played total) for the Buckeyes. Considered one of the finest Centers in school history.

10. Brandon Brooks – G – Miami (OH), rSr., 6’5” 353 Lbs. – Size-wise Brooks is a monster of a lineman – which is a good and bad thing. He carries a little extra weight in the midsection and that will need to be monitored.

Combining Centers and Guards means some worthy candidates from both positions are left out. These are the players that easily would have made the top ten if we broke them into subcategories, and we will be keeping a close eye on:

  1. David Molk – C – Michigan, rSr., 6’2” 288 Lbs.
  2. Ryan Miller – G – Colorado, rSr., 6’7” 326 Lbs.
  3. Lucas Nix – G – Pittsburgh, Sr., 6’5” 310 Lbs.
  4. William Vlachos – C – Alabama, rSr., 6’0” 306 Lbs.
  5. Antoine McClain – G – Clemson, Sr., 6’6” 335 Lbs.
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Dory LeBlanc, covers Gator sports for Gators First and BourbonMeyer.com. Not just a college sports enthusiast, Dory is also a fan of NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB. Born outside Philly, she moved to Tampa, and now resides in Illinois, giving her a broad perspective on the sporting world. You can follow Dory on twitter @DoryLeBlanc


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