Rating the top senior prospects

Scott Mruczkowski, Bowling Green
Grade: 64
Bottom line:
Mruczkowski started all 14 games at center as a junior in 2003 after starting at left guard his first two seasons ('01-'02). He will return as the team's starting center as a senior in '04 after making first-team All-MAC at the position last season. Mruczkowski has very good size and above average strength. He is more of a mauler than anything, but also has developed good technique, balance and body control. Mruczkowski is not a great athlete and the more space he is asked to play in the less effective he becomes. In all reality, while he has excelled in his move to center late in his college career, his future will more than likely be at guard in the NFL. Mruczkowski is a solid middle-round interior offensive lineman prospect, but he lacks the athleticism and explosiveness of a Day 1 selection.

Junius Coston, North Carolina A&T
Grade: 56
Bottom line:
Coston is one of the early "sleepers" of the '05 draft class. He obviously has not played against great competition throughout his college career, but he has become a dominant player at his level. He has adequate size, very good athleticism and noticeable upside if his technique and overall awareness improve. Coston will need time to adjust to the NFL and he needs to get good coaching early on in his career in order to make it at the next level. However, if he continues to progress as a senior in '04 as well as he has over the course of the last two seasons, he will definitely be worth taking a chance on in the mid-to-late rounds of the '05 draft.

Jed Paulson, North Carolina State
Grade: 47
Bottom line:
Paulson has been the Wolfpack's starting center since his sophomore season in 2002. He doesn't have great size or strength, but he is quick, mobile, technically sound and tough. He is a very good leader and has been an extremely efficient blocker in every facet of the game at a high level. Paulson's upside will always be limited by his poor size and strength, and he'll probably never be more than a backup in the NFL, but he is the type of hard worker and leader who will accept his role and do a great job of maximizing his skills and opportunities, which is why he's worth using a late-round selection on in the '05 draft.

Eric Ghiaciuc, Central Michigan
Grade: 39
Bottom line:
After playing sparingly as a freshman in 2001, Ghiaciuc has been a full-time starter at center since his sophomore season in '02. Ghiaciuc is tall and has the frame to get bigger. He continues to improve with more experience at the position and has upside because of his size/mobility combination. However, Ghiaciuc still needs to improve his lower body strength, explosiveness in his upper body, and lateral movement skills in pass protection. He has the potential to develop into a quality backup center in the NFL and, if he continues to improve as a senior, he should be a late-round selection. However, Ghiaciuc still has too many question marks to take a chance on even as early as the middle rounds.

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