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NFL’s Top 10 Centers: Where Does Andre Gurode Check In?

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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

Gurode received an “A-” grade from us.  He is a major reason the ‘Boys are able to run inside so often, but a lot less fun to watch since he improved his Shotgun snaps.

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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4 Responses to NFL’s Top 10 Centers: Where Does Andre Gurode Check In?

  1. Martin Long says:

    I would swap seven and nine, but apart from that a very solid list. Some say Gurode is overrated, I would beg to differ. At times, both he and Davis can be inconsistent, but both are still very good lineman.

  2. Yeah I know some people think Gurode is overrated. The #1 thing he needs to improve is penalties…he committed more last year than any center in the league. That should improve in 2010.

  3. Tyrone Jenkins says:

    I’m still a little concerned over not drafting a true backup center this draft. Sean Lee and Dez Bryant are great pickups,but in my opinion, not really necessary as the receiver corps depth was fine last year and Jason Williams has more natural talent (speed, athleticism) than Lee.

    It would have been nice to have Gurode training a guy like Asamoah or Olsen (instead of drafting another OT-Sam Young). There is a backup for every position besides C (I don’t consider Holland a backup center).

    Nevertheless, Gurode is a good center.

  4. I also would like a backup center, but the value was too good to pass in the first two rounds. Now, I wouldn’t personally consider Lee great value, but obviously the ‘Boys did. He was #14 on their board, meaning there was really no decision. . .they couldn’t pass.

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