Corey Linsley – Center – Ohio State
Size – 6030e – 300e – 5.1e
Athletic, strength and power, balance, hand use, run block, pass block, has played guard and tackle in the past
Weak Points –
Adequate estimated size
Corey is a fifth-year senior and a two-year starter at center. As a reserve in 2011, he played both guard and tackle. Linsley moved to center in the spring of 2012 and has been the leader of Ohio State’s offensive line ever since. He has very good initial quickness with his snap and step and is an excellent short snapper in a spread formation. He can get to his blocks with good quickness and is explosive on contact. In addition, Linsley shows good hip snap and keeps his feet running on contact, enabling him to generate movement. He consistently plays with bend while keeping his back straight and can easily get to the second level while taking good angles.
Linsley can adjust on the fly to hit a moving target and can also turn and seal a bigger opponent. In pass protection, he has a quick set and can get his hands on his opponent in a hurry. Linsley has a good punch and does an excellent job keeping his hands inside. He is a natural bender and has very good lateral agility, showing he can mirror opponents through moves. He slides and recovers very well and can anchor. Linsley is an alert player who does a very good job of picking up stunts and blitzes. In short, Linsley is one of the better centers I have seen in quite some time. He should be able to start for most clubs as a rookie, with his position versatility providing additional value.
Grade: B 6.6