Post combine rankings C Scout.com
1. Alex Mack, California 6-4, 311
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 1
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn't work out and will need to show off in a few weeks. None of the other centers were so impressive to be head-and-shoulders above Mack.
Dominant all-around blocker.
Negatives: At some times is too fiery
Mistakes made mostly when trying to do too much.
2. Max Unger, Oregon 6-5, 309
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 2
Post-Combine Skinny: It wasn't a great workout for the center on the top of several lists. Expected to be tried out at guard, he only came up with 22 reps on the bench. However, he was quick and athletic through the drills.
Positives: Good quarterback up front
Very, very strong
Could be moved to guard.
Negatives: Not a great athlete
Wont do much on the move
Not necessarily a mauler.
3. Eric Wood, Louisville 6-4, 310
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 3
Post-Combine Skinny: Flip a coin on where he belongs among the top three center prospects. He was big, surprisingly quick and athletic, and he came up with 30 reps.
Positives: Big-time worker with mean streak
Bright. Doesnt miss line calls
Negatives: Average in pass protection
Can get shoved around a bit.
4. Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas 6-4, 301
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 4
Post-Combine Skinny: He looked the part. He moved efficiently in the drills, wasn't bad on the bench, and ran a center-best 5.14.
Positives: Busted his tail to become a major producer
. Good athleticism and good on the move
Good finesse blocker.
Negatives: Not a mauler
He isnt going to push too many top tackles over.
5. A.Q Shipley, Penn State 6-1, 304
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 6
Post-Combine Skinny: A favorite among the scouting types, Shipley had extremely short arms, was as short and as squatty as expected, and it didn't matter. He was athletic, quick, and extremely strong.
Positives: Good athlete
Hard worker who goes 100% all the time
Negatives: Not huge and has to battle against the bigger, stronger DTs
Questionable NFL strength even after the big lift. Not a guard. He has just one position.
6. Antoine Caldwell, Alabama 6-3, 309
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 5
Post-Combine Skinny: Disappointing. The 40 time is hardly a big deal for centers, but the 5.23 was slow and he wasn't all that athletic. The 24 reps was an eye-opener.
Positives: Extremely smart
Very quick and great on the move
Can be moved to guard.
Negatives: Can be pushed around by bigger tackles
Needs a little work on his technique
Could stand to be nastier as a run blocker.
7. Jon Cooper, Oklahoma 6-2, 291
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 7
Post-Combine Skinny: He added enough weight to be a far more attractive prospect. He also did a little of everything right with decent speed and quickness to go along with 31 reps.
Positives: Great leader. Could be a quarterback for a line
Smart. Great at making the calls
Used to being in charge of elite blockers.
Negatives: Too small and isnt going to get much bigger or stronger
Not quite a good enough athlete to overcome size issues.
8. Blake Schlueter, TCU 6-3, 285
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 8
Post-Combine Skinny: Wasn't At The Combine
Positives: Extremely strong
Always working. Always going 100 miles per hour
Negatives: Will struggle to get bigger and maintain weight
He isnt going to be a dominant starter
Likely a long-snapper.
9. Alex Fletcher, 6-3, 297
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 9
Post-Combine Skinny: He moved extremely well and was great on the bench with 30 reps. However, he wasn't quite as big as expected.
Positives: Nice size and knows how to use it
Fiery and punishing. Finishes his blocks.
Negatives: Fine against quick defenders, but struggles against stronger ones
Might be better as a guard.
10. Brett Helms, LSU 6-2, 286
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 10
Post-Combine Skinny: Beefed up around 15 pounds from original playing weight. He didn't run, and he only lifted 25 times.
Positives: Versatile enough to move to guard
Athletic. Very quick
Excellent toughness. Great motor.
Negatives: Not big enough
Has to get stronger to be a starter
Might be limited to a West Coast offense.