'13 Draft: Center Rankings

Travis Kendrick

Travis Kendrick is the top center prospect for next week's NFL Draft. Here's the top ten players at this position in the FoxSportsNext/Scout.com '13 NFL Draft rankings.

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1) Travis Frederick (6-3.5/312)
Wisconsin
Frederick had somewhat of a disappointing NFL Combine, as he didn't run well in the forty (5.58) and only did 21 reps on the bench press. Having said that you can't argue with the film. Frederick possesses good feet, can play with that nasty Badger attitude and is a good drive blocker. He's the best true center in this draft.

2) Brian Schwenke (6-3/314)
California
Schwenke had a nice career for the Bears, playing all four-years and starting the last three. He played both guard positions and center, which certainly enhances his value in the draft. This is an interior player that plays with good leverage, moves well, is quick off the ball and he's tough and nasty.

3) Barrett Jones (6-4/306)
Alabama 6'4 306
Jones is a versatile talent who played all five positions on Alabama's offensive front. He capped off his career with the Crimson Tide as their starting center this past season. Jones has a good base and footwork. He's smart and a likely guard or center in the NFL. Because he can play multiple positions on the offensive front adds to his value. Jones is at his best at guard or center.

4) Khaled Holmes (6-3/302)
USC
Holmes was an offensive guard starter before moving over to center. As a senior he was All-Pac 12. This is a nasty and aggressive offensive line prospect that can really get after it. He moves well and has terrific feet.

5) T.J. Johnson (6-4/310)
South Carolina
Johnson had a real nice career in Columbia for Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks. After red-shirting he started every game for four years and showed good improvement as a player each year. Johnson is smart, strong and moves well off the snap. He's a solid center prospect that with work could develop into a fine NFL center.

6) P.J. Lonergan (6-3/304)
LSU
Lonergan is a pretty nasty and tough center with an ideal frame for the position and long arms. He plays with a nice motor and is a good finisher. Lonergan is very solid in the run game and he started 36 games over the last three seasons.

7) Braxston Cave (6-3/303)
Notre Dame
Cave basically started in South Bend his final three seasons for Notre Dame. He's strong and squatty and plays with good balance and leverage. As you would imagine he's a very intelligent and solid center prospect.

8) Matt Stankiewitch (6-3/302)
Penn State
Stankiewitch is one of the better run blockers in this group. He's steady, smart and physical and got a dose of a pro system this past year for the Nittany Lions playing for head coach Bill O'Brien.

9) Dalton Freeman (6-5/291)
Clemson
Freeman is a very athletic center. He had an outstanding pro-day, running sub-4.9, had a broad jump of over nine feet and did 34 reps on the bench press. Freeman also was one of the more impressive OLs at the Senior Bowl. He was a four-year start who's smart and strong. Freeman just need to play with more consistency.

10) Joe Madsen (6-3/310)
West Virginia
Madsen was a four-year starter in Morgantown. Arm length only 30-inches may be an issue. Otherwise this kid is a good, solid player. Madsen moves well and is good is pass pro. He's not a mauler at this position in the run game.

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FULL DATABASE OVERALL RANKINGS WILL BE UPDATED from 1-300 on April 24. The current top 300 doesn't parallel the new positional rankings for the 2013 NFL Draft.

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