NFL’s Top 10 Centers: Where Does Andre Gurode Check In?
1. Nick Mangold, New York Jets
How good is Mangold? He could be the Jets team MVP. . .for real. No other center in the NFL even comes close to reaching Mangold’s level of dominance.
2. Ryan Kalil, Carolina Panthers
See the video below. Enough said.
3. Jeff Saturday, Indianapolis Colts
Yes, Saturday gets to block for the quick-throwing Peyton Manning, but he is still one of the NFL’s best in pass protection.
4. Matt Birk, Baltimore Ravens
He’s been really good for a really long time, particularly in run blocking.
5. Andre Gurode, Dallas Cowboys
6. Shaun O’Hara, New York Giants
O’Hara’s pass protection numbers (one sack, five hits, and 10 pressures yielded) are nearly identical to Gurode’s, but Gurode is probably a slightly better run blocker.
7. Jamaal Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
Jackson will need to show he is capable of returning to form after a late-season knee tear.
8. Olin Kreutz, Chicago Bears
Kreutz used to be the head of the class. He’s still great in pass protection, but his run blocking was shaky last season.
9. Dan Koppen, New England Patriots
The entire Pats line is pretty good, but Koppen didn’t let Tom Brady get sacked a single time in 2009.
10. Alex Mack, Cleveland Browns
Mack’s rookie play was reminiscent of Mangold’s. He will probably shoot up this last after the 2010 season.
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