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Ryan Kelly has promptly rewarded the Colts with steady play in the middle. Are any of this year’s best college centers equipped to make a similar instant impact?

April 24, 2016

Alabama’s Ryan Kelly was the gold standard at center last draft—the Colts nabbed him in Round 1, and he instantly upgraded their entire line. Expecting any of the 2017 center prospects to have that impact is a high bar, but here we find an ultra-experienced group with a couple names at the top that could be Week 1 starters.

Rank

Player

School

Measurables

1

Pat Elflein

Ohio State

6' 3", 300 lbs.

2

Ethan Pocic

LSU

6' 6", 310 lbs.

3

Tyler Orlosky

West Virginia

6' 3", 298 lbs.

4

Kyle Fuller

Baylor

6' 5", 307 lbs.

5

Jon Toth

Kentucky

6' 5", 307 lbs.

6

Deyshawn Bond

Cincinnati

6' 2", 287 lbs.

Elflein and Pocic are both up there with the center prospects we’ve seen in recent drafts: Kelly, Travis Frederick and so on. Expecting either to match the impact those players made is setting the bar awfully high, but don’t be surprised if it happens. This is a good group overall.

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