FantasyGuru.com

2007 Rookie Profiles: Centers

Posted: 5/07
 

Courtesy of the TFY Draft Preview

QB I RB I FB I WR I TE I OT I OG I C I PK I DT I DE I ILB I OLB I CB I S
 

 

Full Name:  Mark Bihl                    School:   Michigan                                    

Ht:   6-4           Wt:   302            40:   5.41                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

All-Conference selection as a senior after moving into the full-time starting spot. Part-time starter during his sophomore and junior campaigns.

Pos:

Hard-working, small-area blocker who significantly improved as a senior.  Plays

with good lean, stays square and keeps his feet moving throughout the action. 

Anchors in pass protection, effectively fights with his hands and is explosive at

the point of attack.  Intelligent, keeps his head on a swivel and helps out teammates.

Neg:

Lacks the dominant base, gets minimal movement from run blocks and has trouble

 facing off against bulky defenders.  Not a natural knee bender.

Analysis:

Hard-working in every aspect, Bihl showed enough ability as a senior to be

brought into camp.  Does not possess great upside but has enough talent to be a career back-up.

 


 

Full Name:  Joe Cope                   School:   Auburn                                       

Ht:   6-0           Wt:   270            40:   5.64                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former walk-on who has been a two-year starter.

Pos:

Hard-working blocker on the pivot with limited upside.  Does an outstanding job

quarterbacking the offensive line and making the calls.  Effective with the shotgun

snap.  Stays square, keeps his feet moving on contact and works blocks. 

Displays good awareness.

Neg:

Lacks the strong base and struggles with large opponents.  Not effective in space

and has limited lateral blocking range.

Analysis:

An offensive lineman who plays with a lot of heart, Cope is a camp body this summer.

 


 

 

Full Name:  Doug Datish              School:   Ohio State                                

Ht:   6-4           Wt:   302            40:   5.17                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior.  Played center

last season after spending time at left tackle and guard the prior two years.

Pos:

Smart, hard-working blocker who is best in a small area.  Quick in all his actions

and stays with assignments.  Immediately picks up stunts or twists, makes

effective use of body positioning and walls defenders from the action.  Good initial

strength at the point of attack.

Neg:

Does not dominate in the middle of the line and falls off blocks.  On the ground a

bit much.  Must improve the shotgun snaps.

Analysis:

A durable lineman with the versatility to be used at several positions, Datish

comes off a terrific senior season and has elevated his draft stock.  Does not

possess great upside yet is a polished blocker who could fill several roles.

 


 


 

Full Name:  Mike Elgin                  School:   Iowa                                          

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   279            40:   5.14                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former defensive lineman who started the past three years at both center and guard.

Pos:

Tough, heads-up football player who makes the most of his assets.  Quick off the

snap, drives his feet on contact and gets movement from run blocks.  Plays with a

nasty attitude and is always looking for someone to hit.  Keeps his head on a

swivel and helps out teammates.  Strong at the point and very good with his hands.

Neg:

Does not play with much balance and falls off blocks.  Lacks footwork in space and

 blocking skill in motion.

Analysis:

Despite being undersized and possessing just marginal athleticism, Elgin's

combination of intelligence, versatility and desire will get him long looks in camp.

 


 


Full Name:  Mark Fenton              School:   Colorado                                    

Ht:   6-4.5        Wt:   290            40:   5.25                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his sophomore and junior

campaigns.  Missed time in the middle of his senior season after fracturing his fibula.

Pos:

Explosive center with adequate size and growth potential.  Quickly gets into

blocks, fights hard until the whistle blows and works to finish off opponents. 

Keeps his feet moving and displays the ability to slide in space.  Has a nasty

streak.  Makes good use of angles and body positioning.  Removes linebackers from the action.

Neg:

Not dominant in the middle and struggles to finish blocks.  A little stiff and

haphazard in his movements.

Analysis:

A productive center with a good amount of upside, Fenton offers starting potential

 at the next level if he improves his balance and playing strength.

 


 


 

Full Name:  Dustin Fry                 School:   Clemson                                     

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   315            40:   5.47                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior.  Powerful lifter who

has a 655-pound squat to his credit.

Pos:

Explosive, wide-bodied blocker who works best in confined quarters.  Sets with a

wide base, is tenacious and always looks for someone to hit.  Keeps his head on a

swivel, works well with teammates and remains alert.  Solid position blocker who

wall defenders from the action.

Neg:

Does not translate his weight room numbers onto the football field and rarely

opens holes in the middle of the line.  Struggles to adjust and is not effective in space.

Analysis:

Possessing a thick build, Fry has the mentality and attitude to make it as a

backup in the NFL.

 


 


 

Full Name:  Cedric Gagne-Marcoux School: Central Florida                        

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   285            40:   5.31                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter and previous All-Conference selection.

Pos:

Explosive blocker with limited size.  Immediately gets his hands into defenders,

stays square and seals opponents from the action.  Plays with a nasty attitude,

quick in all aspects and works hard in the middle.

Neg:

Struggles to adjust, lacks balance and a marginal athlete.  Does not possess the

size or strength to open up the middle of the field.

Analysis:

A durable and competitive lineman, Gagne-Marcoux lacks the physical skills to

be anything other than a camp player this summer.

 


 


 

Full Name:      Leroy Harris        School:                   North Carolina State 

 

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors throughout his college career. 

Used extensively at both the guard and center positions.

Pos:

Tough, hard-working blocker who battles on the inside.  Strong, stays square and

controls defenders at the point.  Quickly gets his hands into opponents, displays

good punch and throws opponents to the ground.  Effective with the shotgun snap.

 Plays with a nasty attitude.

Neg:

Not light on his feet, lumbers about the field and struggles sliding laterally in even

 the smallest of areas.  Not a natural knee bender and lacks adjustment.

Analysis:

A versatile blocker with solid character, Harris can be used at any of three

interior blocking positions.  Limitations in space may make him most effective at

guard, yet his versatility gives him added value.

 


 


 

Full Name:  Tanner Jenkins          School:   Arkansas State                         

Ht:   6-0           Wt:   272            40:   5.14                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his sophomore and junior

campaigns.

Pos:

Explosive, hard-working blocker with limited upside.  Quickly gets off the snap,

immediately gets to the second level and walls defenders from the action.  Stays

square, works his hands throughout the action and plays heads-up football. 

Fundamentally sound.  Does a good job quarterbacking the line.

Neg:

Undersized, has trouble holding the point and gets pushed back by defenders. 

Lacks adjustment and is not effective in motion.

Analysis:

A high-effort prospect with marginal growth potential, Jenkins will have a difficult

time making an NFL roster unless he shows some ability as a long snapper.

 


 


 

Full Name:  Nick Jones                 School:   Georgia                                      

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   286            40:   5.25                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who also saw action with the first team as a true freshman. 

All-Conference selection as a senior.  Used at both center and guard.

Pos:

Tough, overachieving blocker with a good head for the position.  Quick off the

snap, immediately gets his hands into blockers and is explosive in all his actions.

 Plays with a nasty attitude, always looks for someone to hit and helps out

teammates.  Shows ability as a position blocker.

Neg:

Marginal size and struggles handling one-on-one blocking assignments.  Lacks

footwork in space.

Analysis:

A try-hard blocker, Jones’ best attribute is his ability to be used at several

positions.  A longshot as a backup utility lineman.

 


 


 

Full Name:  Ryan Kalil                   School:   USC                                           

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   299            40:   5.01                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his junior and senior seasons.

Pos:

Improving center who watched his game take off last season.  Explodes off the

snap, quickly gets his hands into opponents and plays hard until the whistle

blows.  Jolts opponents at the point and redirects to linebackers on the second

level.  Solid position blocker who turns defenders off the ball, then seals them from

 the action.  Plays heads-up football and works well with teammates.  Nasty and always looks for someone to hit.

Neg:

Not a true dominator in the middle of the line and has difficulty finishing blocks. 

Must improve his lower-body strength, as he does not consistently anchor in pass protection.

Analysis:

An intelligent blocker who works hard in all aspects, Kalil offers a terrific

understanding of the game.  Using all his tools to their maximum, he could

develop into a starter at the next level as he adds bulk and strength to his frame.

 


 


Full Name:  Enoka Lucas              School:   Oregon                                      

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   303            40:   5.54                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign.

Pos:

Hard-working, small-area blocker with average size and potential.  Effective with

the shotgun snap, keeps his feet moving throughout the action and works to play

with leverage.  Anchors in pass protection and stays with assignments. 

Effectively quarterbacks the offensive line, working well with teammates.

Neg:

Lacks adjustment, footwork in space and struggles in anything other than confined

 quarters.  Not dominant in the middle of the line and does not finish blocks.

Analysis:

A high-effort lineman with a good understanding of the game, Lucas has potential

as a backup.

 


 


 

Full Name:  Matt Maddox             School:   Illinois                                        

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   309            40:   5.41                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter used at both center and guard.

Pos:

Wide-bodied blocker who gets the most from his abilities.  Explosive off the snap,

plays with a nasty streak and helps out teammates.  Gets his hands into

defenders, anchors in pass protection or seals defenders from the action.  Bends

knees and gets leverage on opponents.

Neg:

Does not finish blocks.  Lacks lateral blocking range and is not effective in space.

Analysis:

An overachiever with marginal physical skills, Maddox brings a lot of versatility

as well as a competitive nature.   Could find a home as an inexpensive utility lineman.

 


 


 

Full Name:  Kurt Mann                 School:   Nebraska                                   

Ht:   6-4           Wt:   290            40:   5.25                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded varying degrees of All-Conference honors since his

sophomore campaign.  Played in just two games last season before being diagnosed with mononucleosis.

Pos:

Scrappy but undersized blocker coming off a serious illness.  Plays with good lean,

 is explosive at the point and displays top blocking vision.  Intelligent and works

well with teammates.  Seals defenders from the action and hits as many

opponents as possible during the course of play.

Neg:

Lacks top flexibility and adjustment.  Marginally strong on the inside and

struggles handling large opponents.

Analysis:

A position blocker with ability in motion, Mann projects as a developmental

prospect for a zone blocking scheme.  Lacked bulk and strength before getting

sick and recent reports had him down 20lbs from his listed weight.

 


 


 

Full Name:  Danny McGrath         School:   Virginia Tech                             

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   300            40:   5.21                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter who began his college career at guard.

Pos:

Hard-working blocker with limited upside.  Patient, stays square and works well

with teammates.  Quickly sets off the snap, works his hands throughout the action

 and plays with a nasty attitude.  Effective with the shotgun snap.

Neg:

Lumbers about the field and not effective in motion.  Not a center who opens holes

 for the running game.  Lacks balance and falls off blocks.

Analysis:

A competitive blocker who gives effort until the whistle blows, McGrath is a

marginal athlete with limited size.  The ability to be used at either center or guard

gives him added value as a backup.

 


 

Full Name:  Drew Mormino           School:   Central Michigan                       

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   299            40:   5.38                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior.

Pos:

Strong, stout blocker who is best in a small area.  Quick into blocks, turns

defenders off the ball and seals them from the action.  Anchors in pass protection.

  Always looking for someone to hit.

Neg:

Struggles with the shotgun snap.  Lacks flexibility, lumbers about the field and is

not effective on the second level.

Analysis:

A lineman with terrific weight room strength, Mormino struggles in anything other

than confined quarters.  Possesses marginal upside and will have a tough time

finding a roster spot.

 


 

Full Name:  Dan Mozes                School:   West Virginia                             

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   293            40:   5.45                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter at both guard and center.  Named to several All-Conference and

 All-American teams throughout his college career.

Pos:

Explosive position blocker who uses all his assets to their maximum.  Quickly

gets into blocks.  Plays with good pad level and effectively uses angles.  Keeps

his feet moving, fluid in motion and redirects to linebackers.  Effective with the shotgun snap.

Neg:

Undersized, lacks the dominant base and rarely gets movement from run blocks.

Analysis:

A smart and vocal leader on the offensive line, Mozes lacks the physical skills to

be a starter at the next level.  His versatility and durability could help guarantee him a roster spot.

 


 

Full Name:  Samson Satele          School:   Hawaii                                        

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   300            40:   5.25                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his freshman campaign. 

Moved to center as a senior after playing guard the prior three years.

Pos:

Effective pass-blocking lineman who shows ability in space.  Plays with pad level,

is quick with his hands and fundamentally sound.  Stays square, keeps his feet

moving on contact and makes effective use of angles and body positioning.  Keeps

 his head on a swivel and helps out teammates.

Neg:

Lacks the dominant base and average as a run-blocker.  Does not show a lot of

balance in his blocking.

Analysis:

A durable and versatile lineman, Satele offers starting possibilities at several

interior blocking positions.  Needs to elevate his game and improve his

run-blocking, yet is a solid prospect for the future.

 


 

Full Name:  Lyle Sendlein             School:   Texas                                        

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   300            40:   5.25                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his junior and senior seasons.

Pos:

Explosive small-area blocker with a terrific head for the game.  Quarterbacks the

offensive line, helps out teammates and works hard until the whistle blows.  Quick

with his hands, immediately gets into blocks and stays square. 

Neg:

Lacks playing strength, struggles in one-on-one blocking assignments and gets

pushed back off the line.  Heavy-footed, lumbers about the field and is not

effective blocking in motion.

Analysis:

A high-effort blocker with limited upside, Sendlein is a practice squad prospect

who may never be anything more than a backup in the NFL.

 


 

Full Name:  Scott Stephenson    School:   Iowa State                                

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   297            40:   5.25                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former defensive tackle who transferred to Iowa State from Minnesota.  Two-year

starter awarded All-Conference honors after his junior and senior campaigns.

Pos:

Explosive center who displays ability blocking on the move.  Quick off the snap,

immediately engages opponents and works his hands throughout the action.  Solid

 position blocker who walls defenders from the action.  Can slide laterally in space

 and nicely redirects to linebackers on the second level.

Neg:

Gets tall as the play proceeds, is not dominant in the middle of the line and falls

off blocks.  Lacks overall balance and does not play to his size.

Analysis:

A developing prospect who could be used in a zone blocking system, Stephenson

offers size, growth potential and above-average athleticism.  Could surprise at

the next level if he continues to improve his game.

 


 

Full Name:  Donald Usry               School:   Southeastern Louisiana             Pos:     C

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   300            40:   5.25                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who’s been an All-Conference selection the past two seasons.

Pos:

Hard-working, explosive lineman who is best in a small area.  Quickly gets into

blocks, works well with teammates and plays heads-up football.  Always looking

for someone to hit.  Effective with the shotgun snap.

Neg:

Lacks agility and is not effective far off the line of scrimmage.  Not dominant in the

 middle of the line, nor a true finisher.

Analysis:

A durable lineman in college, Usry is a camp body with minimal upside.

 


 

Full Name:  Chris White               School:   South Carolina                          

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   310            40:   5.52                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter used at both guard and center.

Pos:

Quick position blocker who plays with a high degree of intelligence.  Explodes into

 blocks, is strong at the point and fights with his hands.  Stays square and

anchors in pass protection.  Picks up assignments and helps out teammates. 

Effective with the shotgun snap.

Neg:

Lacks footwork in space and is ineffective blocking on the move.  Lacks the

dominant base and is just an average run-blocker.

Analysis:

A hard-working blocker with solid size, White is a marginal athlete who does not

possess great upside.  The versatility to be used at several interior blocking

positions gives him added value.

 


 

Full Name:  Anthony Wollschlager   School: Miami-Fl                                 

Ht:   6-4           Wt:   280            40:   5.25                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter who began his career as a reserve at center and guard.

Pos:

Scrappy blocker with minimal upside and athleticism.  Smart, makes the line calls

and works hard on the field.  Quick in his head, picks up assignments and

effectively uses his hands.

Neg:

Lacks adjustment, struggles against quick opponents and limited to confined

quarters.  Not dominant at the point and rarely gets movement in the middle of the field.

Analysis:

An overachiever who makes the most of his abilities, Wollschlager is

practice-squad material whose versatility gives him added value.

 


 

Full Name:  Kyle Young                School:   Fresno State                             

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   350            40:   5.52                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his sophomore and junior

campaigns.  Suspended for the final four games of his senior campaign after he

stopped attending class.

Pos:

Tall, strong, small-area blocker who's been durable and productive on the college

level.  Effective with the shotgun snaps, fights throughout the action and keeps

his head on a swivel.  Good with his hands, gets them up into defenders and

controls opponents at the point of attack.  Stuns defenders with terrific jolt and

always is looking to hit someone.  Terrific job quarterbacking the offense line.

Neg:

Lacks footwork, lateral blocking range and ability in space.  Does not play with

great balance and cannot adjust.

Analysis:

A physical lineman with terrific size, Young offers potential at either guard or

center.  Will likely slip into the late rounds yet has ability for the next level if he refocuses.

 

Back to the top