1. Ryan Kelly (Alabama): He was probably the most important player to a Roll Tide offense that wasn’t a quarterback, running back or wide receiver. He was the heart and soul of that Alabama offense and that same leadership he showed at the collegiate level I think can be transferred over into the NFL. He’s an excellent communicator and he was the glue that kept that offensive line together. He’s a very athletic guy, he can slip to the second level with ease in the run blocking phase of things and he squares himself up while pass blocking. What’s even more impressive about Ryan Kelly is he hasn’t given up a sack in almost two years so you see that he can hold his own in the trenches.
2. Nick Martin (Notre Dame): He’s the brother of Dallas Cowboys All-Pro Guard Zach Martin. Nick Martin is very built for the position and he’s quick off the snap. He squares well with a balanced base to absorb contact and hold his ground. He can mirror in short spaces and he’s extremely effective when it comes to combo blocking and has the veteran awareness to pick up blockers and pass rushers. He has a veteran presence and high football IQ. He’s also a leader which is important for a center to have at the next level.
3. Jack Allen (Michigan State): He’s short for the position. Standing at 6’1 but he’s stout, has a compact-build with a low center of gravity. He’s the perfect example of the old adage when it comes to linemen on either side of the football: The lowest man wins. He bends at the knees and wins with his leverage. When it comes to blocking, he has excellent body control, always moving his feet and snapping his hips. He can extend out the snap and has very quick hands. He may not the biggest guy on the field, but he’s a guy that plays with a lot of bark, physicality, toughness and awareness.
4. Max Tuerk (USC): If you saw him right off the bat, you’d think he was a left tackle or even a tight end. He has a very athletic frame and holds up very well in the pit due to a combination of leverage and balance. He displays excellent knee bend and he’s able to take all types of rushes by defenders. He’s able to play all over the offensive line, but he does his best work in the middle at center where he was recognized as USC’s best offensive lineman and was also a member of the Pac-12 first team.
5. Evan Boehm (Missouri): Missouri has produced some quality and NFL ready offensive linemen and Evan Boehm is the next to make that step. I was so impressed with how quickly he attacks the defender and stays within himself on the line of scrimmage. He has the skill set to drive a defender very far down the field and off the football. He slides well laterally in pass protection showing the ability to shift with good footwork and showing the core strength to handle bullrushers.