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2015 NFL Draft: Scouting Denver Broncos center Max Garcia

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Scouting the Denver Broncos fourth round pick

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos selected former Florida Gator offensive lineman in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He was ranked as the 227th overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft according to CBS Sports, and ranked as the 7th best center in the draft.

Garcia was selected to second-team All-SEC in 2014. He also switched positions from left guard to center during spring practices. Max started all 12 games at center for the Florida Gators in 2014.

Max Garcia

Center, Senior, Florida

Height: 6'4" Weight: 309lbs 40 time: n/a

Arm Length: 33 1/8" Hands: 10 1/4"

Bench Press: 30 reps Vertical Jump: 28 inches

3 Cone Drill: 8.18 seconds Broad Jump: 8 feet 7 inches

20 Yard Shuttle: 5.13 seconds

Film Room:

Scouting Report:

Strengths:

  • Versatile
  • Played three different positions
  • Good upper body strength
  • He's what you call a "phone booth mauler"
  • Has a strong punch
  • Strong hands
  • Is a "fighter" inside
  • Good body control
  • Good run blocker
  • Team leader at Florida
  • Well liked by his teammates
  • A tough player

Weaknesses:

  • Not the most athletic center
  • "Heavy legged"
  • Has overall physical limitations
  • Doesn't get to the second level consistently

Quotes:

He's not the type of athlete Gary Kubiak usually covets in his offensive line but he's versatile having played center, guard, and tackle at Florida. The Broncos do want to run more however, and that is where Garcia's strengths as a blocker. --Mark Dulgerian

My thoughts:

Interesting pick.

He's not your typical zone-blocking player. He's a tough player with limited range. He's a good run blocker who has toughness at the point of attack.

He'll compete with Gino Gradkowski and Matt Paradis for the starting center job. He does offer depth at all three interior positions.

I like the pick, I'm just interested to see how they use him. He fits a power scheme better than a zone scheme, but Kubiak and Dennison know plenty about offensive line play than I do. So I trust they know what they're doing here.

Broncos 2015 Draft Picks
Rd Pk Player Pos Ht Wt College Scouting Report
1 23 Shane Ray DE/OLB 6'3" 245 Missouri Scouting report
2 59 Ty Sambrailo OT
6'6"
311
Colorado State
Scouting report
3 92 Jeff Heuerman
TE
6'5"
254
Ohio State
Scouting report
4 133 Max Garcia C 6'4" 309 Florida Scouting report
5 164 Lorenzo Doss CB 5'10" 182 Tulane Scouting report
6 203 Darius Kilgo DT 6'3" 319 Maryland Scouting report
7 250 Trevor Siemian QB 6'3" 220 Northwestern
7 251 Taurean Nixon CB 5'10" 183 Tulane
7 252 Josh Furman S 6'1" 210 Oklahoma State