Felger & Mazz Big Board: Centers for the Patriots in the 2020 NFL Draft
The 2020 NFL Draft is still expected to happen on time, which means the Felger & Mazz Big Board is back and more expanded than ever.
This time, considering the guys have a lot of time on their hands, they decided to cover every single position. First they looked at guards, and now they’re looking at a position with not many prospects to choose from in the first place.
To continue the 2020 big board season on Tuesday, Felger & Mazz chucked a bunch of markers at draft magazines to predict potential Patriots at the center position. Here’s a quick look at the players they hit.
Nick Harris, Washington
From NFL.com: “Worker-bee, center-only prospect who won’t check many physical boxes but brings his grit to the fight on every snap. Harris’ body type belies his impressive foot quickness and ability to make all the move blocks needed from his position. His ability to sustain both run and pass blocks speak to his consistency of effort and performance, but size, scheme and positional limitations could cause him to drop lower in the draft than his actual tape would dictate.”
Felger: “These weak points, Mazz, maybe you can relate to. ‘The short-squat body type is not correctable … and there’s no getting around the fact that Harris will have issues against massive nose tackles with his frame.'”
Mazz: “[Greg] Bedard complained about an absence of athleticism on the [offensive] line after they lost [David] Andrews, it feels to me like this guy can move.”
Jake Hanson, Oregon
From NFL.com: “Four-year starter who has the ability to assimilate into a variety of schemes but is unlikely to stand out in any particular one. … He lacks power and mass, which could hurt his chances with teams who play against odd-front defenses, but he’s a steady performer who could offer late-round value as a backup.”
Felger: “That thing about ‘working in a phone booth’ is big for these centers, they’re in a phone booth.”
Mazz: “They got a ton of picks [in rounds 6-7]. I mean it feels to me like that would be the area they’d take a guy like that.”
Luke Juriga, Western Michigan
Felger: “That you’ll have to do on your own time or read Bedard at the Boston Sports Journal for a write-up on that guy.”
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The Felger & Mazz Big Board continues Wednesday, April 8 with the tackle position.