The Ravens haven't drafted a center since taking Jason Brown in the fourth round in 2005. But the Ravens will probably think hard about selecting a center in this year's draft because starter Matt Birk Birk turns 35 in July and is entering the final year of his contract.
Birk talked Wednesday about the possibility of mentoring a young center this year.
Here are some prospects at center:
Florida State's Rodney Hudson (second or third round): Undersized lineman – he reportedly played at 275 pounds last season) who is athletic, technically sound and a perfectionist.
Penn State's Stefen Wisniewski (fourth or fifth round): Son of former Colts defensive tackle Leo Wisniewski, Stefen is considered smart but not powerful.
Slippery Rock's Brandon Fusco (fifth round): The Division II Lineman of the Year has great size (6 feet 4, 306 pounds) and intensity. The negatives: he didn't play against big-time competition and isn't fundamentally sound.
USC's Kris O'Dowd (sixth or seventh round): Four-year starter has some durability concerns but has outstanding upper-body strength.
TCU's Jake Kirkpatrick (sixth or seventh round): Smart, gritty lineman was an all-state basketball player in Texas. To start in the NFL, he will have to show explosiveness in run blocking.
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