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Centers: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked Centers

Garrett Bradbury is the most athletic center in this year’s draft class. McCoy, McGovern, and Jenkins are all pretty equal, who goes first will depend upon the preference of the team that selects them. Look for 7-10 players to go in the first 5 rounds. A few will go in the sixth and seventh rounds, but the majority will sign as undrafted free agents (UDFA).

NC State’s Garrett Bradbury is at the top of this year’s OC draft class.
Photo: Inside Wolfpack

1. Garrett Bradbury, NC State, 6-3/306

Bradbury has shot up draft boards based on his athleticism. He’d do best with a team that likes to pull and trap. While he benched 225 thirty-four times at the Combine, he was easily bull rushed during Senior Bowl practices. He’s got short arms and will have to be technically sound to succeed at the next level – along with getting stronger in his lower body.

2. Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State, 6-4/310

Jenkins is an intelligent player who knows how to read a defense and make the proper line calls. He has played up and down the line, giving him the ability to better help his fellow linemen identify schemes and blitzes. Best pass blocker in the group.

3. Erik McCoy, Texas A&M, 6-4/303

Another center who has jumped up draft boards based on his athleticism. He has gradually improved each year with his technique and overall strength. Can play the run and pass equally well. Getting plenty of looks from teams leading up to the draft.

4. Conner McGovern, Penn State, 6-5/309

Not as athletic as Bradbury or McCoy, but an intelligent player that can play all three interior positions. For not being super-athletic, plays with good understanding of angles and leverage, keeping defenders at bay.

5. Michael Jordan, Ohio State, 6-6/312

Seems better suited at guard than center – but can play either. A big man that enjoys mauling opponents in the run game. Physically strong, can be aggressive. Has room to grow. His versatility will increase his draft value. Downside: appears to take plays off and occasionally looks heavy footed.

6. Deion “Shaq” Calhoun, Mississippi State, 6-2/310

SEC four-year starter, finishing with 36 straight career starts. Very good in pass pro. Has the ability to block in space. Intelligent player. Played RG in college, lining up next to Elgton Jenkins. Calhoun has been projected at center at the next level.

7. Lamont Gaillard, Georgia, 6-3/305

Gaillard is team captain that leads by example. He went from being the starting guard to becoming the starting center, a selfless move on his part. He plays with good leverage and is quick laterally. He doesn’t have great power, but he understands how to get into position quickly.

8. B.J. Autry, Jacksonville State, 6-3/351

After a stellar week at the Senior Bowl, B.J. Autry drew plenty of scouts to his Pro Day. Autry has quick feet and uses his strength to moved opponents out of the way. He played guard in college but is expected to move inside at the next level. He has an 84.5 wingspan.

9. Tanner Volson, No. Dakota State, 6-4/306

Athletic center who is very good at playing in space – pulling, trap blocking, and getting quickly to the defender at the next level.

10. Nick Allegretti, Illinois, 6-4/320

Allegretti is certainly getting his share of looks from teams as we ramp up to the draft. Intelligent player that studies the game. Team leader who is involved in his community. Experienced with 36 career starts.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama, 6-4/307
  2. Javon Patterson, Mississippi, 6-3/307
  3. John Keenoy, Western Michigan, 6-3/300
  4. Trevon Tate, Memphis, 6-2/293
  5. Kirk Barron, Purdue, 6-1/309
  6. Alex Fontana, Kansas, 6-1/298
  7. Victor Hrynkiewicz, Youngstown State, 6-3/304
  8. Nick Linder   Indiana   6-3/303
  9. Justin Falcinelli   Clemson   6-4/305
  10. Jesse Burkett   Stanford   6-4/309
  11. Ryan Anderson, Wake Forest, 6-5/305
  12. Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame, 6-2/304
  13. Deontae Crumitie, Troy, 6-2/297
  14. Luke Shively, Northern Illinois, 6-2/300
  15. Matt Pyke, ETSU, 6-2/302
  16. Garrett Bowery, Lamar, 6-2/299
  17. Garrett Bader, Benedictine, 6-5/305

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

2018 Rimington Trophy

COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S BEST CENTER

The award is named after former Nebraska center Dave Rimington, the only two-time winner of the Outland Trophy. 


The Rimington Trophy is awarded annually to Division I-A college football’s most outstanding center.

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THIS YEARS WINNER…

GARRETT BRADBURY, NORTH CAROLINA STATE WOLFPACK

NC State’s Garrett Bradbury is the winner of the 2018 Rimington Trophy.


Bradbury, a fifth-year senior, anchored an N.C. State offensive line that helped running back Reggie Gallaspy rush for 1,012 yards, quarterback Ryan Finley throw for 3,789 yards and receivers Kelvin Harmon (1,1866) and Jakobi Meyers (1,028) both crack the 1,000-yard barrier.

But the success of his teammates, and the work and time spent with the rest of N.C. State’s offensive line — the “Band of Brothers” — means more to Bradbury than any award.

“Individual honors for the offensive line are kind of any oxymoron,” Bradbury said. “Everything starts and ends as a group.”

Named a team captain for the 2018 season, Bradbury played 99.0% (901 of 910) of the snaps for the Wolfpack this season. He did not allow a quarterback pressure all season and was named a first team All-ACC performer (the first first-team selection for a Wolfpack center since 1987) as well as being named a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy – the only center on that list. Most recently, Bradbury scored a touchdown in the final regular season game against East Carolina, rushing the ball from the one-yard line. 

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The 2018 Rimington Award finalists included:

  • Alabama – Ross Pierschbacher
  • NC State – Garrett Bradbury
  • Notre Dame – Sam Mustipher

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Small School 2018 Rimington Winners are:

  • FCS – Tanner Volson, No Dakota State
  • Div II – Bryce Bray, Harding
  • Div III – Nate Trewyn, Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • NAIA – Garrett Bader, Benedictine College

FCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – Dec 5, 2019

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North Dakota State (14-0) vs Eastern Washington (12-2)

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NORTH DAKOTA STATE | MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE

Coach: Chris Klieman

North Dakota Players to Watch:

Senior QB Easton Stick (6-2/221)

Some observers believe Stick has the same football savvy as Wentz, now a key part of the Philadelphia Eagles. Photo: The College Sports Journal

Easton Stick owns school records for total offense, passing touchdowns and total touchdowns will try for his 50th career victory Saturday when the top-ranked Bison begin their quest for their seventh FCS title in eight years. In his career, Stick has thrown for 8,495 yards and 86 touchdowns.

*Junior FS James Hendricks (6-1/209)

James Hendricks came to North Dakota State as a highly touted quarterback who had put up monster numbers at Bemidji High School (Mn). At first he was reluctant to switch positions, but now that he has, the North Dakota State junior has been named Second Team All-Missouri Valley.

Senior OC Tanner Volson (6-4/306)

Senior center Tanner Volson has played in 58 games during his Bison career. Volson is known for being technically sound, in both, the run and passing game. On Dec 20th, Volson was named the top offensive lineman in the Football Championship Subdivision with his selection to the FCS Athletic Directors Association All-America Team.

***Sophomore LB Jabril Cox (6-3/227)

Jabril Cox can wreak havoc at linebacker, leading NDSU with 84 tackles to go with four sacks and four interceptions, two of which he’s returned for touchdowns.

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EASTERN WASHINGTON | BIG SKY CONFERENCE

Coach: Aaron Best

Eastern Washington Players to watch:

Senior PK Roldan Alcobendas (6-0/180)

Alcobendas won the Fred Mitchell Award, an honor given to the nation’s top collegiate place-kicker among FCS, NCAA II, III, NAIA and NJCAA teams.
Image: FredMitchell.com

Alcobendas is now EWU’s all-time leader in kicking points (271), hitting 30 of his 41 field-goal attempts and adding 181 extra points. He is 10 for 10 in field goals this season, one of three FCS kickers with a perfect mark. He’s also been a model of consistency on extra points, setting a school record for consecutive extra points made (85).

***Sophomore QB Eric Barriere (6-1/195)

After All-America starter Gage Gubrud was lost for the season five games into the 2018 campaign, Barriere has taken over to guide EWU into the NCAA Division I Championship Game in Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 5. He led EWU to an 8-1 record in his nine starts, including a current seven-game winning streak to improve EWU’s record to 12-2 and help the Eagles set a school record for points in a season with 623.

Senior NT Jay-Tee Tiuli (6-4/320)

Tiuli was the Big Sky Conference Defensive MVP in 2018 and earned first team All-Big Sky honors. This is also his first All-America honor, and he is the first interior defensive lineman (not including defensive ends) to earn All-America honors for the Eagles since Renard Williams earned honorable mention in 2011 and first team accolades in 2010. Update: Tiuli will NOT play in the Championship game.

Senior OC Richard Blackburn (6-2/285)

Blackburn earned his second All-America honor in 2018 after earning second team All-Big Sky Conference honors three-straight seasons from 2016-18.  The Eagles have now had 23 offensive linemen earn All-America accolades in 35 years in FCS (1984-2018), including 14 first team All-Americans. They have combined for 73 honors (37 first team, 19 second team, 5 third team and 12 honorable mention).

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2019 D I Football Championship Game
North Dakota State vs. Eastern Washington
12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Toyota Stadium
Frisco, Texas

FCS 2018 A.P. All-American teams

North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick was voted first team A.P. All-American a week after he was named as one of the top three finalists for the Walter Payton Award recognizing the Offensive Player of the Year in the Football Championship Subdivision.

FCS First team A.P. All-American Easton Stick.
Photo: NDSU ATHLETICS/@NDSUFOOTBALL

First Team

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Easton Stick, senior, North Dakota State

Running backs — Joe Protheroe, senior, Cal Poly; Ryan Fulse, senior, Wagner

Linemen — Tanner Volson, senior, North Dakota State; Matt Pyke, senior, East Tennessee State; Micah Shaw, senior, North Carolina A&T; B.J. Autry, senior, Jacksonville State; Garrett Bowery, senior, Lamar

Tight end — Donald Parham, senior, Stetson

Wide receivers — Josh Pearson, junior, Jacksonville State; Michael Bandy, junior, San Diego

All-purpose player — Shane Simpson, junior, Towson

Kicker — Roldan Alcobendas, senior, Eastern Washington

DEFENSE

Linemen — Isaiah Mack, senior, Chattanooga; Derick Roberson, senior, Sam Houston State; Ahmad Gooden, senior, Samford; Darryl Johnson, junior, North Carolina A&T

Linebackers — Zach Hall, junior, Southeast Missouri State; Dante Olson, junior, Montana; B.J. Blunt, senior, McNeese State

Backs — Isiah Swann, junior, Dartmouth; Robbie Grimsley, senior, North Dakota State; Jimmy Moreland, senior, James Madison; Will Warner, junior, Drake

Punter — Chris Faddoul, sophomore, Florida A&M

SECOND TEAM

Hodges broke Steve McNair’s all-time yardage passing record.
Photo: The Athletic

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Devlin Hodges, senior, Samford

Running backs — A.J. Hines, junior, Duquesne; Marquis Terry, senior, Southeast Missouri State

Linemen — Iosua Operta, senior, Weber State; Spencer Blackburn, senior, Eastern Washington; Drew Forbes, senior, Southeast Missouri State; C.J. Collins, senior, Kennesaw State; Dan Cooney, senior, San Diego

Tight end — Matthew Gonzalez, junior, Robert Morris

Wide receivers — Kelvin McKnight, senior, Samford; Keelan Doss, senior, UC Davis

All-purpose player — D’Angelo Amos, sophomore, James Madison

Kicker — Grayson Atkins, sophomore, Furman

DEFENSE

Linemen — Khalen Saunders, senior, Western Illinois; Greg Menard, senior, North Dakota State; Jay-Tee Tiuli, senior, Eastern Washington; Nick Wheeler, junior, Colgate

Linebackers — Jabril Cox, sophomore, North Dakota State; Sterling Sheffield, senior, Maine; Adrian Hope, freshman, Furman

Backs — James Allen, senior, Charleston Southern; Tyree Robinson, sophomore, East Tennessee State; Nassir Adderly, senior, Delaware; Marlon Bridges, senior, Jacksonville State

Punter — Alex Pechin, senior, Bucknell

THIRD TEAM

Burks set new FCS single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 29. Photo: Kennesaw State University

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Chandler Burks, senior, Kennesaw State

Running backs — James Holland, senior, Colgate; James Robinson, junior, Illinois State.

Linemen — Matt Kaskey, senior, Dartmouth; Justus Basinger, junior, Wofford; C.J. Toogood, senior, Elon; Zack Johnson, junior, North Dakota State; Tiano Pupungatoa, senior, South Dakota State.

Tight end — Owen Cosenke, sophomore, Western Carolina

Wide receivers — Reggie White Jr., senior, Monmouth; Jazz Ferguson, junior, Northwestern State

All-purpose player — Kentel Williams, junior, Austin Peay

Kicker — Aidian O’Neill, junior, Towson

DEFENSE

Linemen — Nathan Clayberg, senior, Drake; Maurice Jackson, junior, Richmond; Filipe Sitake, senior, Weber State; Solomon Brown, senior, Charleston Southern.

Linebackers — Pete Swenson, senior, Western Illinois; De’Arius Christmas, senior, Grambling State; Cameron Gill, junior, Wagner.

Backs — Abu Daramy-Swaray, junior, Colgate; Dominic Frasch, senior, Cal Poly; Davon Jernigan, senior, Lamar; Jordan Brown, senior, South Dakota State

Punter — Garret Wegner, sophomore, North Dakota State

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