By Rich Tandler
As noted in the NFL Combine preview about guards, the Redskins could be looking to upgrade the team at center. Instead of shuffling things around as suggested in the earlier article, the Redskins could just draft a center.
Several of the centers invited to the combine this week have the potential to become starters either immediately or at some point during their first or second seasons. It won’t take the Redskins long to do a thorough examination of the centers in Indianapolis. Only six players who were invited are designated as centers. Of course a player who goes to the combine at another line position could be viewed as a prospect to anchor the middle of the line as well.
Peter Konz of Wisconsin is the top-rated center prospect at the moment and he would be a fit in the zone scheme. If center is a priority for the Redskins they could end up taking him in the second or third round. That seems unlikely but if they like him at the combine they could find the combination of his size and athletic ability hard to bypass.
A later-round center the Redskins might look at is David Molk out of Michigan. At 286 pounds, he might have to put on a little weight but not much. He is described as an overachiever and that sort of player can thrive in Mike Shanahan’s system.
The complete list of centers invited to the combine is below. They are in the order of Wes Bunting’s scouting grades.
CSN Washington will have wall-to-wall coverage of the NFL Combine starting Feb 23 and our Rich Tandler will be in Indianapolis. If there are any players on the list you’d like to know more about, let us know in the comments or hit Rich up on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.