Scouting the Draft: Centers

By Larry Zierlein
April 16, 2012

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Editor's Note: Author Larry Zierlein was a college and NFL offensive line coach for 32 years. His career is highlighted by a Super Bowl win in 2008 with the Pittsburgh Steelers under Mike Tomlin. We asked Coach Zierlein to take a look at several offensive line prospects from this year's draft and share with us what he saw. 

He watched multiple cut-ups for each prospect listed, but wants to remind the reader that for a final evaluation, it takes even more film work, interviewing the player to get a feel for his character, checking on the player's background and working linemen out whenever possible.  Coach Zierlein gave us the order that he would rank each of the tackles and guards based on what he saw from each prospect.  The only player's he evaluated are the ones listed.

Coach Zierlein is retired and working Under Armour's "Football University" camps along with other former NFL coaches.  This was also his first year working out offensive line draft prospects in preparation for the Senior Bowl and Combine.  If you are an agent interested in contacting Coach Zierlein for work with future clients, please email us and we'll pass the info along to him.

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Michael Brewster, C, Ohio State

Height: 6'4
Weight: 312
Arms: 31 1/2"

  • Good strength and plays with a good base
  • Marginal quickness
  • Good anchor
  • Some shotgun snap problems
  • Average with re-direct
  • Good awareness and pretty physical player
  • Average finisher in all games I watched
  • Average puller from center position
  • Slow twitch player who doesn't accelerate to the 2nd level
  • Doesn't accelerate feet after contact
  • On the ground too much
  • Somewhat of a waist-bender

Overall:  Average athlete with average feet.  He has some strength and toughness and his base is solid.  Very average quickness which limits the amount of teams who will look at him.  Looks like a 4th round center.

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