What Top Centers Could the Dolphins Draft?

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In a recent article, I discussed the weaknesses of the Dolphins interior offensive linemen.  In 2010, the primary trio consisted of Richie Incognito (LG), Joe Berger (C), and John Jerry (RG).  The run game took a step back from its above average performance in 2009.  Tony Sparano has noted the lack of an interior push in the run game as well as an inability to get to the second level for blocks leading to chunk yards as deficiencies.

In my last article, I took a look at what top guards the Dolphins could draft.  Center is another position of possible interest for the Dolphins.  In 2009, the Dolphins offensive line was anchored by Jake Grove at center.  In 2010, Grove was let go because he could not stay healthy and Joe Berger took over.  Berger did not remain healthy during the entire season and did not appear to be the answer largely because he could not give the interior push in the run game the Dolphins needed, particularly against the NTs of the AFC East.  At the end of the 2010 season, Richie Incognito took over with some promise.  But, it came at the expense of the LG position he vacated to take the center job.  So, what top centers could the Dolphins draft in 2011?

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Topics: Brandon Fusco, Centers, Demarco Murray, Jake Kirkpatrick, Jeff Ireland, Joe Berger, John Jerry, Kris O'Dowd, Mark Ingram, Miami Dolphins, Mike Pouncey, NFL Draft, Richie Incognito, Rodney Hudson, Stefen Wisniewski, Tim Barnes, Tony Sparano

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  • Rich

    http://footballoutsiders.com/stats/ol
    2010 Run-blocking:

    Pos, Rank, YPC
    Team – 18 – 4.05
    LT – 28 – 3.40
    LG – 11 – 4.48
    C – 14 – 4.00
    RG – 15 – 4.15
    RT – 8 – 4.55

    2009 Run-bocking:

    Pos, Rank, YPC
    Team – 1 – 4.50
    LT – 7 – 4.99
    LG – 31 – 3.46
    C – 3 – 4.59
    RG – 8 – 4.34
    RT – 18 – 4.11

    Note1: Over 60% of runs, both years were up the middle, involving the center. League Average is 50%.

    • corners

      Its pretty obvious cetner play played a big part in our rushing decline.

  • A

    “I like the idea that he could play center for the Dolphins with Incognito at LG and Jerry at RG.”

    +1