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    Steelers 2021 draft: 5 top prospects at center

    Steelers 2021 draft: 5 top prospects at center

    February 15, 2021

    As the Pittsburgh Steelers start the slow process of revamping their offensive line this offseason, an O-line-heavy draft is inevitable.

    With the news of Maurkice Pouncey’s retirement on Friday, the probability of the Steelers taking a center at No. 24 skyrocketed. Certainly not a sexy position, but critical to the offense’s success in 2021 and beyond.

    1 Landon Dickerson, Alabama

    Pro Football Focus gives Dickerson an overall grade of 91.3 — 76.2 pass blocking, 92.8 run blocking. He allowed three sacks each in his first two seasons at Florida State but has only given up one sack since 2018. In 1,269 pass-blocking snaps, the 6’6, 325-pound center has allowed 34 quarterback pressures. He also has some experience at left and right guard.

    Durability is a big concern. In five seasons, Dickerson suffered four season-ending injuries: Torn ACL (2016, 2020) and ankle (2017, 201. His sole healthy season was in 2019. If the Steelers roll with the risk and draft Dickerson, they’d better have a reliable backup beyond J.C. Hassenaur.

    2 Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma

    Humphrey earned an overall PFF grade of 81.9 — 68.4 pass blocking, 86.4 run blocking. In three seasons (redshirted freshman year) — including playoffs — he didn’t give up a single sack. The 6’5, 320-pound Sooner earned the starting nod in his first season (201 and allowed 30 QB pressures in 1,359 pass plays. Durability doesn’t appear to be an issue for Humphrey, as he never missed a game in 39 matchups.

    3 Josh Myers, Ohio State

    Touted as one of the best centers in Ohio State’s history, Myers’ blocking helped lead the way for the school’s first-ever 2,000-yard running back, J.K. Dobbins, and Heisman Trophy finalist Justin Fields (51 total touchdowns). According to PFF, Myers grades at 65.4 overall — 65.9 pass and 63.9 run blocking. The 6’5, 312-pound center allowed six sacks in 30 games and 755 pass plays.

    4 Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater

    Meinerz never played center at the collegiate level, but that’s how he’s being projected heading into the NFL draft thanks to a strong showing at the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Coming from a small school, the 6’3, 320-pound Warhawk’s versatility to play any interior position should help his stock come draft time. Meinerz helped the offense lead the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in rushing (195.7 yards per game) and first downs (310), average 30.1 points and 376.7 total yards per game and allow only 21 sacks for the season. Unfortunately, Wisconsin-Whitewater’s 2020 football season was canceled due to COVID.

    5 Drake Jackson, Kentucky

    Overall, PFF grades Jackson at 84 — 69.9 pass blocking and 85.7 run blocking. In 1,364 pass plays, he’s allowed just one sack in his Kentucky career (47 games; 44 consecutive starts). He was the anchor of the Wildcats’ offensive line for four seasons and, during his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons, blocked for current Steelers running back Benny Snell. In those seasons, Jackson helped Snell become Kentucky’s all-time leading rusher and the first player in school history to rush for 1,000 in three straight seasons.

    According to Reese’s Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy, Jackson separated his shoulder on the second snap of the Senior Bowl but played the rest of the game.

    https://steelerswire.usatoday.com/li...spects-center/
    Planet Steelers 2021 Mock Draft:

    1.24 Najee Harris RB Alabama
    2.55 Walker Little OT Stanford

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    Very good post. I say we have to address the center position in round 1 or 2. A little concerned with Dickerson injury history. I thought there was a center coming out of Georgia but I don't see them listed.

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    The most important part of the combine is the medical. Stuff gets picked up.

    Dickerson's medical history scares me. Two torn ACL's ( 2016, 2020 ) and ankle ( 2017, 2019 ) injuries. Center is a tough position to play on your body. Dickerson with all of his medial history won't be an isn man. I'd put a round 3 grade on him based on the medical.

    Humphrey's 86.4 grade as a run blocker, no injures, and zero sacks given up to me is very impressive, even in the Big 12. Still like him better at guard.

    I had Meyers mocked as our 2nd round pick, as Humphrey won't be on the board for us this late in round two. Allowing six sacks in 30 games is a little high, combined with a lower than expected grade as a run blocker has raised a flag.

    I liked Meinerz practices in the senior bowl and can forgive he didn't play football last season based on what he did in the prices where really good players stand out. Guy was impressive, and underrated as an athlete. I can see him being out guy in round 3, if he's there.

    The Wildcat listed is a player I have not heard of, but giving up only one sack in the SEC in a combined 47 games and grading very high as run blocker makes me want to learn more about him.

    This is a very good center draft class.
    Realistic rebuild mock draft 3-29-2021.Plan to spend $110,094,402 in cap space in 2022 and have 4 comp picks + what we have in the 2022 draft. We will be back hopefully with better coaching.

    1) RB Najee Harris - A 3 down back, makes em; miss, runs then over, Gets outside, blocks like a top FB
    2 ) LT Dillon Radunz
    3 ) CB Paulson Adebo -
    4a ) C Drake Jackson-
    4b ) TE Tommy Temble
    6) G / C Cole Van Lanen -
    7a ) S Darmr Hamln -
    7b ) ILB Erroll Thompson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Buchsbaum View Post
    The most important part of the combine is the medical. Stuff gets picked up.

    Dickerson's medical history scares me. Two torn ACL's ( 2016, 2020 ) and ankle ( 2017, 2019 ) injuries. Center is a tough position to play on your body. Dickerson with all of his medial history won't be an isn man. I'd put a round 3 grade on him based on the medical.

    Humphrey's 86.4 grade as a run blocker, no injures, and zero sacks given up to me is very impressive, even in the Big 12. Still like him better at guard.

    I had Meyers mocked as our 2nd round pick, as Humphrey won't be on the board for us this late in round two. Allowing six sacks in 30 games is a little high, combined with a lower than expected grade as a run blocker has raised a flag.

    I liked Meinerz practices in the senior bowl and can forgive he didn't play football last season based on what he did in the prices where really good players stand out. Guy was impressive, and underrated as an athlete. I can see him being out guy in round 3, if he's there.

    The Wildcat listed is a player I have not heard of, but giving up only one sack in the SEC in a combined 47 games and grading very high as run blocker makes me want to learn more about him.

    This is a very good center draft class.
    I am no expert, but all the centers listed sound like a good fit.

    As from what I understand, they all are C/G combos... one of them is going to play center for us and possibly in future move to Decastro's spot.

    It would not surprise me if they they take 2 of those names listed, need depth also in the IOL. Who is going to back up Dotson and Decastro and the new center? Hausucks?

    Especially if we select Dickson ( medical) or Meinerz ( change of position, smaller school)
    Last edited by steeler_george; 02-16-2021 at 01:19 PM.


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    Just knowing how the Steelers draft, I would think Dickerson would have to slide into the 3rd before the Steelers would consider him. They tend to shy away from players with medical history in first couple rounds, no matter how talented.
    2021 Draft- Would love to drop down 7-10 picks and grab an extra 3rd and then use that 3rd to move up in the 2nd.

    1/??) Asante Samuel-CB-FSU
    2/??) Creed Humphrey-C-OU
    3/87) Trey Sermon-RB-OSU
    4/128- Stone Forsythe-OT-Florida
    4/140) Josh Kaindoh-Edge-FSU
    6/216) Tre McKitty-TE-UGA
    7/245) Whop Philyor-WR-Indiana
    7/254) Tariq Thompson-S-SDSU

    2022 Re-sign Minkah and Watt. Grab a stud LT and ILB in FA. Trade up for a QB





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    I am somewhat surprised Trey Hill, C, Georgia did not make this list. Thoughts????

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    I would be very ok with Josh Meyers anchoring our OL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn View Post
    I would be very ok with Josh Meyers anchoring our OL.
    Said the true Buckeye!

    I was humming the Buckeye fight song as I was typing this!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn View Post
    I would be very ok with Josh Meyers anchoring our OL.
    I use PFF as an entry level guideline, not a benchmark. However his grades were low ( Lower than the other 5 ) at PFF and he gave up more sacks than the other candidates

    " According to PFF, Myers grades at 65.4 overall — 65.9 pass and 63.9 run blocking. The 6’5, 312-pound center allowed six sacks in 30 games and 755 pass plays. "

    To the OSU fans, What's behind the numbers that I'm missing? It looks like he has excellent size and is gorilla strong. But he does not appear to be a technical or very mobile. I'll see his video later. Below is a scouting report.

    https://texansunfiltered.com/read/2021-nfl-draft-profile-5-josh-myers-ohio-state-center
    Realistic rebuild mock draft 3-29-2021.Plan to spend $110,094,402 in cap space in 2022 and have 4 comp picks + what we have in the 2022 draft. We will be back hopefully with better coaching.

    1) RB Najee Harris - A 3 down back, makes em; miss, runs then over, Gets outside, blocks like a top FB
    2 ) LT Dillon Radunz
    3 ) CB Paulson Adebo -
    4a ) C Drake Jackson-
    4b ) TE Tommy Temble
    6) G / C Cole Van Lanen -
    7a ) S Darmr Hamln -
    7b ) ILB Erroll Thompson

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    PFF has a funny way to rank things...


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