- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Detroit Lions reporter
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Two of the major college all-star games took place last Saturday. The Senior Bowl happens this Saturday with practices all week.
Many of the players selected in May’s draft will come from these three games or from underclassmen who decided the time was right to turn professional. Over the next two weeks, pairing with our position outlook series, we'll preview some players to become familiar with over the next four months as the NFL draft process crawls along.
Today continues with interior linemen. The Lions are likely not in the market for a guard -- at least not compared to some other issues with the team. They should, though, be looking for a center. So this list will primarily be centers.
Matt Paradis (6-2 1/4, 299, Boise State). Started last two seasons at center for the Broncos. Was sixth nationally in sacks allowed in 2012, according to the Boise State website. No. 13 center.
Jonotthan Harrison (6-3, 304, Florida). Started last two seasons at center for teh Gators. Can also play guard. No. 7 center.
Zac Kerin (6-4 1/2, 308, Toledo). Started past three seasons for the Rockets. Fun fact from his Toledo bio, he likes paintball and the Steelers. No. 11 center.
Dillon Farrell (6-4 3/4, 309, New Mexico) Started almost his whole career at center. Also played both left and right tackle. Versatile. No. 8 center.
Gabe Ikard (6-3 1/4, 302, Oklahoma) Played guard and center at Oklahoma as a four-year starter. Rimington Award finalist. Will also play in Senior Bowl. No. 10 center.
James Stone (6-3 3/8, 307, Tennessee) Started 24 straight games, including 23 at center. No. 4 center.
Senior Bowl prospects:
Tyler Larsen (6-3 1/2, 317, Utah State, No. 58 North) Four-year starter at center for Utah State. No. 9 center.
Weston Richburg (6-3 1/2, 300, Colorado State, No. 70 North). Four year starter at center for the Rams. Made the most starts of any Colorado State player in history. Graded out at over 90 percent in every game this year according to the Rams website. No. 3 center.
Bryan Stork (6-3 1/2, 306, Florida State, No. 52 South) Rimington Trophy winner. Consensus All-American. Made 40 starts and has played guard and center while practicing at tackle. No. 5 center.
Ikard (No. 65 South)
Others not in major all-star games:
Two of the major college all-star games took place last Saturday. The Senior Bowl happens this Saturday with practices all week.Many of the players selected in May’s draft will come from these three games or from underclassmen who decided the time was right to turn professional.