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Draft Countdown: Top 10 Centers

Here is a breakdown of the Top 10 centers available in the 2009 NFL Draft ...

1. Alex Mack, California

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 311 40-Yard: 5.19 Year: 5-Sr.

Scouting Report: Mack has been a durable and dependable center, and he offers starting potential in the NFL. He must improve his run-blocking strength, which would only help him complete his game, and Mack offers a good amount of upside possibility.

Grade: First or Second Round

2. Eric Wood, Louisville

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 310 40-Yard: 5.15 Year: 5-Sr.

Scouting Report: Wood has been durable and productive on the college level, and he gets the job done. He's not a great athlete, rather a terrific football player with the ability to break into a starting lineup on the NFL level and then stay there for years to come.

Grade: Second Round

3. Antoine Caldwell, Alabama

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 307 40-Yard: 5.19 Year:Sr.

Scouting Report: Caldwell is a prospect who draws a variety of opinions from scouts around the league. Though many nitpick at his game, Caldwell has been a terrific player for Alabama and offers enough skill to start in the NFL. He must improve the strength of his playing base, also needs to pick up the intensity of his game, yet he should be a solid zone blocking lineman with ability at several positions.

Grade: Second or Third Round

4. Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 301 40-Yard: 5.04 Year: 5-Sr.

Scouting Report:Luigs is a well-known prospect whose reputation outdistances his ability on the field. He's been a solid college player, and is a nice prospect for the next level who could develop at center or guard. Luigs' best opportunity is likely to come in a zone-blocking system, and he's a lineman who needs time to develop his game.

Grade: Third Round


Cal's Alex Mack

5. Cecil Newton, Tennessee State

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 292 40-Yard: 5.21 Year: 5-Sr.

Scouting Report: Newton has been a terrific college center and is one of the more underrated players at his position in this draft. He offers starting potential at the next level for a team that patiently develops his skills.

Grade: Fourth of Fifth Round

6. Edwin Williams, Maryland

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 308 40-Yard: 5.34 Year:Sr.

Scouting Report: Williams has been a consistent and durable player at Maryland, and he offers a large degree of upside potential for the next level. He has the basic underlying skills to be a starter in the NFL, something that could come to fruition if he improves his playing strength.

Grade: Fifth or Sixth Round

7. A.Q. Shipley, Penn State

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 304 40-Yard: 5.17 Year:5-Sr.

Scouting Report: Shipley has been a durable, effective lineman at Penn State, and he comes off a terrific senior campaign. He gets the most from his abilities, and he has possibilities in a zone-blocking system as a backup.

Grade:Fifth or Sixth Round

8. Robby Felix, Texas-El Paso

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 302 40-Yard: 5.22 Year: 5-Sr.

Scouting Report: Felix is a marginally-sized center prospect with an excellent feel for the game and his position. He offers possibilities in a zone-blocking scheme and should only improve as he physically matures and adds strength to his frame.

Grade: Sixth Round

9. Dallas Reynolds, BYU

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt:330 40-Yard: 5.42 Year: Sr.

Scouting Report: Reynolds is a physically mature lineman with size and the versatility to be used at a number of positions. He stood out this season at center, and significantly improved his draft grade.

Grade:Sixth or Seventh Round

10. Brett Helms, LSU

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 286 40-Yard: 5.12 Year: 5-Sr.

Scouting Report: Helms has been a durable and productive lineman at LSU, yet he lacks the dimensions to be a starter at the next level. His versatility and ability to block in motion could help him catch on as a backup in a zone-blocking system.

Grade: Seventh Round of Free Agent

Profiles provided by Tony Pauline, NFL Draft analyst for and owner of

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