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NFL mock draft: Could 3 centers go in the first round of the NFL Draft?

SB Nation Radio hosted writers from all 32 SB Nation NFL blogs for a fun night-before-the-draft mock draft simulation. Check out the results here.

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Last night I joined 31 of my fellow SB Nation writers on SB Nation Radio’s Straight Heat show for a live mock draft simulation.

It played out in pretty crazy fashion. For example, Saquon Barkley fell all the way to the Bills at pick No. 12 and Josh Allen went to the Cardinals at pick No. 15. While I was waiting to make pick No. 21, I actually said (to no one) into the phone, OH MY GOD because right before I was on the clock, the Lions made their pick, which was Ohio State center Billy Price.

If Billy Price is taken right before the Bengals are on the clock, I would love it. It would help validate the Bengals drafting a center in the first round, it would be far less of a reach to take Frank Ragnow — who I selected for the Bengals — and it would (kind of) make draft history. Last night, I thought there had never been two centers taken in the first round of the same draft, but there actually has been one year in which that happened. That year was 2009 and it was Alex Mack and Eric Wood, two centers that boast highly productive careers in the NFL, both of whom are Pro Bowlers. Wood just retired due to injury issues but Mack’s career is still going strong.

So, if two centers are taken in Round 1 it wouldn’t be as historic but it would tie that record and if they’re taken back-to-back, then I guess history would be made. But, in this mock draft it wasn’t JUST two centers taken in the first round. To close our Round 1, the Eagles selected Iowa center James Daniels. So, history would in fact be made with three centers selected. Could that really happen tonight?

I discuss that and more when the Bengals are on the clock and if you want to fast forward to my pick, you can find it just after the 51 minute mark of the show! Below are the full mock draft results.

SB Nation Radio Mock Draft

Team Pick # Mock GM Player
Team Pick # Mock GM Player
Browns 1 Matt Wood Sam Darnold
Giants 2 Dan Pizzuta Bradley Chubb
Jets 3 Michael Nania Josh Rosen
Browns 4 Matt Wood Denzel Ward
Broncos 5 Tim Lynch Baker Mayfield
Colts 6 Matt Danely Roquan Smith
Bucs 7 Alex Salvarezza Quenton Nelson
Bears 8 Lester Wiltfung Jr Tremaine Edmunds
49ers 9 Patrick Holloway Harold Landry
Raiders 10 Levi Damien Vita Vea
Dolphins 11 Kevin Nogle Minkah Fitzpatrick
Bills 12 Lawrence Foster Saquon Barkley
Redskins 13 Ken Meringolo Derwin James
Packers 14 Evan Western Marcus Davenport
Cardinals 15 Seth Cox Josh Allen
Ravens 16 Logan Levy Mike McGlinchey
Chargers 17 Kyle Posey Taven Bryan
Seahawks 18 Alistair Corp Maurice Hurst
Cowboys 19 Bobby Belt Leighton Vander Esch
Lions 20 Ryan Matthews Billy Price
Bengals 21 Rebecca Toback Frank Ragnow
Bills 22 Lawrence Foster Lamar Jackson
Patriots 23 Brian Phillips Rashaan Evans
Panthers 24 Bradley Smith Justin Reid
Titans 25 Jimmy Morris Josh Sweat
Falcons 26 Cory Woodroof Da'Ron Payne
Saints 27 John Singler Isaiah Wynn
Steelers 28 Lance Williams Jaire Alexander
Jags 29 Adam Stites Calvin Ridley
Vikings 30 Ted Glover Will Hernandez
Patriots 31 Brian Phillips Derrius Guice
Eagles 32 Michael Kist James Daniels

What do you think of my pick? It’s none other than Arkansas center Frank Ragnow.