2. Olu Oluwatimi, Michigan
One of the top center prospects in this class is Olu Oluwatimi out of Michigan, who could be on the radar as a replacement for McGovern.
While McGovern didn’t play center very often, he was capable of doing so if needed. He also filled many roles including playing as an extra lineman in goal-line situations. That’s why Oluwatimi makes sense.
An experienced starter, he can play both guard and center and while Lance Zierlein of NFL.com says he has some work to do, he also makes the claim that Oluwatimi is a future starter if developed correctly.
"“Four-year starter and highly decorated player who was part of a unit that won the Joe Moore Award (best offensive line in college football) in consecutive years. Oluwatimi benefited from tight splits and a scheme designed to take advantage of double teams up front. He will bend a little at the waist, but displays good technique on double teams and generates decent drive on base blocks. He lacks the lateral quickness needed for range as a run blocker and must learn to better recognize and respond to twists in pass protection. Oluwatimi has future starting potential but could struggle in a scheme that forces him to play in space.” — Zierlein, NFL.com"
Say what you will about the Cowboys coaching staff but they’ve done a good job under Mike McCarthy when it comes to developing offensive linemen. Terence Steele went from an undrafted free agent to a starter at right tackle and Tyler Biadasz came into the NFL with a lot of questions but has turned into a solid center.
Perhaps Oluwatimi can be their next project.