It’s that time of the year again when we take a deep dive into the potential 2020 Draft Class. This article, the 2020 NFL Draft Centers Top 10, will cover the best Centers looking to make an impact in the 2019 College season, before being drafted in 2020. So why wait? Let’s do this thing!
Tyler Biadasz – Wisconsin
Hands down, Biadasz is the best Center in the nation and it’s not even close. He never backs away from a challenge and handles most of them well.
He should’ve come out in 2019 but was reportedly told to stay in school another year. Whoever said this should be sacked. This guy is a powerful player who uses incredibly controlled hand placement to dominate the interior. He is a tough run blocker who helped to open holes for RB Jonathan Taylor who rushed for over 2,000 yards in 2018.
He blocks well on the move as well and is a handful in the 2nd level. Was named a unanimous first-team All-American in 2018
If you read my stuff last season, you would know how high I was on Garrett Bradbury, taken 18th overall by the Vikings in 2019, this guy is a better center. Selecting Biadasz in the 1st round will be the easiest decision made in the 2020 draft.
Jake Hanson – Oregon
Jake Hanson is a leader of men. When he doesn’t play the Ducks suffer, it’s not often this happens though. He made 34 straight starts before a targeting penalty made him miss the opening half of a game in 2018. He directs plays and players around the line. Has been called team captain on a few occasions. Shows great leverage and slides well to protect gaps in the line.
He is the guy you rely on to get the job done and assist those around him. Was better in 2017 over 2018, but not by much. He will bounce back in a big way in 2019.
Hasn’t allowed a sack in three consecutive years.
Great player. Will be the second Center taken off the board after Biadasz.
Darryl Williams – Mississippi State
Williams is an animal on and off the field. He shows incredible strength and power in his leverage. Has a great anchor and excellent footwork. He has been one of the top interior linemen in the SEC since entering college. The Bulldogs ran the ball well in 2018 and Williams was a huge part of that. Expect him to move to Center now that Elgton Jenkins has moved on to the NFL.
Williams is a tough run blocker with a strong core and mental toughness. He doesn’t mind doing the hard work to get the result for his team.
Was named to the 2019 Preseason All-American team. Will captain Mississippi State this year.
Solid player. The move to Center will be a step in the right direction. Look for him in the late 2nd round.
Frederick Mauigoa – Washington State
Mauigoa has been the starting Center for the past two seasons and has dominated in the role. He has great hand placement and strike timing. Works best against the run. Mental processing is great, you often see him calling out plays and changing what the line is looking at. The lower half is excellent, fluid hips and a good core help him to get a hold of his man.
He is a big boy, but he needs to get stronger and show more of a power player. Could do with some work on his snaps, they aren’t always clean.
Polynesian College Player of the Year Watch List in 2018 and 2019.
Mauigoa is a work in progress, but he has all the right attributes to be successful in the NFL. Look for him in the 3rd round of the 2020 draft.
Nick Harris – Washington
Harris knows his role and sticks to it. He plays inside a box and is exceptional in that area. He is a powerful individual who plays to his strengths, uses his body well and will protect the QB at all costs. He is one of the best linemen in the class.
No one will ever doubt his effort. All-Pac-12 First Team in 2018.
He is shorter than most, therefore lacks length and can get pushed around at times. When striking, he gets too far forward and can be pouched to the ground. Is too aggressive in patches.
Still a fantastic prospect, but he may lose some clout in the NFL due to his smaller frame. Look for him in the late 2nd round, early 3rd.
Adam Holtorf – Kansas State
Holtorf isn’t the best athlete, but he makes up for it 10-fold with his effort and footballing IQ. He has a powerful upper body and moves well to assist others in the line. He seals off running lanes like a pro and is rarely beaten. Hands are good, as is his blocking ability. He has translatable traits and will find a home in the NFL.
There is a lot to like about Holtorf, but there is also a lot not to like. If he can find some consistent form in 2019, he will be drafted in the 4th round.
Matt Hennessy – Temple
I really like Matt Hennessy; this guy will be a future NFL star. He is one of the toughest guys in the class and has an excellent football IQ to go with it. As a fourth year, he was tasked with the Center job and had two true freshmen in his line. Hennessy was the lynchpin in the lien and always helped the younger classmen. According to PFF data, he had the lowest rate of pressures allowed on a QB at just 0.6 percent. He allowed zero sacks and just two pressures in 329 pass blocks. This guy can ball.
He has good footwork, a strong presence in the line and violent hands.
Could be a bit stronger, but this will come with age and NFL experience.
This is going to be a big year for him. If he can replicate his form in 2019, he will be drafted late in the 2nd round.
Creed Humphrey – Oklahoma
Humphrey is incredibly advanced for a guy who was a first-year starter in 2018. He shows tremendous power and timing. He is a massive human at over 320 pounds and commands respect when facing him. Shows great footwork, mental processing and blocks like a veteran.
He is the only O-linemen returning in 2019 and will have a new QB to protect. This is going to be a huge year for him.
If he can show the same form with a whole new cast around him, he will be looked at in the 2nd round of the draft.
Zach Shackelford – Texas
A veteran of 40 games, with 27 starts, the man they call Shack is a leader of men in the Longhorns team. He executes well, slides nicely in the line and protects his QB. When Shack does his job, the team plays well around him. Quick feet and a good snap are the cornerstones of his game. He holds players at bay with a solid anchor, lower body strength and excellent hand placement.
This is the guy you want in your team. If he can stay healthy this offseason, he will challenge NFL teams to draft him in 2020. Look for him in the 3rd round.
T.J. McCoy – Louisville
McCoy is a journeyman who landed at N.C. State after High School, before transferring to Florida and will now spend 2019 will Louisville. He has shown plenty of promise in those times but has struggled with injury and personal issues. He can be one of the top 10 Centers in the league if he stays on the field. He is determined and athletic and can make a difference for the Cardinals this season.
With a big year, McCoy can be drafted in the top half. Look for him in the 4th round.
Trystan Colon-Castillo – Missouri
Kenny Cooper – Georgia Tech
Cohl Cabral – Arizona State
Nick Buchanan – Florida
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