Top 10 centers and guards in the 2014 NFL Draft


Nick Mangold will be the first and last person to tell you the New York Jets don’t need any help at center, and he’d be right. But that doesn’t mean Gang Green couldn’t use some help at guard.

Vladimir Ducasse will finally be out of town next year (pause for a round of applause), and that leaves Brian Winters alone as an uncontested starting guard. And that’s a problem.

Winters mightily struggled in his first professional season. Pro Football Focus ranked Winters as the No. 77 guard out of 81 in the NFL this past season. He ranked as a bottom-10 pass blocker and run blocker. It wasn’t strong. And he didn’t really improve throughout the year.

So it’s possible the Jets are looking for an upgrade in this year’s draft. If they are, Buck Stanton and his list of top-10 guards and centers in this year’s NFL Draft may be able to help:

10. Bryan Stork (Florida State)

Stork knows how to play at a championship level.

Stork was the center of the Seminoles national championship team, quite literally. Every play started with him, before getting to Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston. And he provided great leadership in the middle of FSU’s offensive line. Scouts love his quickness, powerful hands and butt-down technique, but they worry about his top-heavy physique.

9. Anthony Steen (Alabama)

Steen is a great straight-ahead blocker.

Big and strong at 6-foot-3 and 314 pounds, Steen is a solid anchor in the middle of the line. When rushers come straight at him, he’s able to dominate them at the point of attack. But some teams worry about his ability to block defenders who aren’t right in front of him, especially if he gets into space.

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