One of the areas that former Arizona State players have had success at the NFL level is offensive line. The Sun Devils hope that lineage is continued this year by center Garth Gerhart.
Weight: 305 pounds
College Career: Saw action in 39 games, with 35 starts. After redshirting in 2007, Gerhart saw some time in 2008 before becoming the starter midway through the 2009 season. He then started every game for ASU over his last two seasons. Earned second-team All Pac-10 honors as a senior.
Strengths: Gerhart has good size for a center, but is small for an NFL guard, so that could limit his value and versatility. After a so-so bench showing at the Combine, Gerhart put up an impressive 33 reps at ASU's Pro Day, and that strength should serve him well on the interior. He has above average quickness and agility, both key traits for the center spot, as he is apt at pulling. Among his best traits are Gerhart's intangibles. He is a tireless worker, a "high motor guy", to use the parlance of the draft. That is also a characteristic that drives him to finish blocks. Gerhart is also an outstanding leader, having served as a team captain, and another critical trait for the center spot.
Weaknesses: As mentioned earlier, Gerhart is only 305 pounds, meaning that any team wanting to move him to guard are likely to think twice. Gerhart has just average athleticism, which doesn't give him a lot of room for error. He must utilize great technique on every play in order to compensate against the beast of NFL defensive linemen. His size and technique may be best suited for a zone blocking scheme, limiting his potential suitors.
Round Projection: 6th to undrafted
Prediction: Houston Texans 7th round, 233rd overall
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