The Green Bay Packers may not feel an urgent need to replace All-Pro center Corey Linsley with a draft pick, especially with potential internal replacements such as Lucas Patrick and Elgton Jenkins on the roster, but the 2021 draft sure looks like a good one for teams needing a center.
The draft class has appealing options for the Packers in the early, middle and late rounds.
Here’s a list of prospects the Packers could target to help replace Linsley at center:
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Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma: Two-time All-American, three-time All-Big 12, two-year team captain. He’s strong, athletic and experienced. What more do you need? Expect him to be a top-50 pick. Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater: The in-state Division III star could be a great player at center despite playing three seasons at left guard. Big, tough, athletic and nasty. The perfect combo for a center. Landon Dickerson, Alabama: His injury history is certainly frightening, but he’s played every position along the offensive line, including two nearly full years at center. When it’s all said and done, if he stays healthy, there may not be a better player at the position in the entire class.
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Josh Myers, Ohio State: A middle-round center with football intelligence and toughness from Ohio State certainly worked for the Packers seven years ago. He started 21 games at center and played at a high level for the Buckeyes. Drew Dalman, Stanford: While a little undersized, he has the athleticism and toughness to be an early starter at center at the next level. Graded out as one of the best zone-blocking centers in college football last season at Pro Football Focus. Kendrick Green, Illinois: He played mostly guard in college, but his size and movement ability make him an easy conversion to center in the pros. He looks like a fit for the Packers scheme. Drake Jackson, Kentucky: Forty-five starts at center in the SEC, and he might be the best comparison to Linsley in the draft class. Very good in the zone scheme. Robert Hainsey, Notre Dame: He’d be converting inside from right tackle, but he looks well-suited for the job. Strong, tough, good leader. Michal Menet, Penn State: Teams are going to love his 34 starts at center and two years of being a team captain. Another potential future starter.
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Jimmy Morrissey, Pitt: He started 46 career games at center and was a two-year team captain. His movement ability and success in pass pro will make him attractive to Green Bay. David Moore, Grambling State: A strong guard prospect who might operate better at center in the NFL. He played some center during the Senior Bowl. William Sherman, Colorado: He played left and right tackle for the Buffaloes, but his body type is better suited for the inside at the next level. Might have JC Tretter-like potential. Jack Anderson, Texas Tech: Started 38 games at right guard. His strength and comfort level on the move could make him a strong candidate to move to center. Ryan McCollum, Texas A&M: Played all three interior spots on the offensive line, a plus for the Packers. Experienced, and can operate on the move.