Sept 11, 2010; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive linesman Michael Brewster (50) points out a moving Miami Hurricanes linebacker at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE 9/11/2010 3:52:29 PM
Throughout the day I'm going to look at a couple of the Jaguars draft picks and/or undrafted free agents and try to get a local perspective on the players. By local, I mean getting a scouting report from the other bloggers on the SB Nation network who have watched and covered these players during their tenure in college. The next player we're going to high light is undrafted free agent Michael Brewster out of Ohio State.
Brewster is a player that I think can be an eventual starter and was quite surprised he went undrafted. Many felt he'd have been one of the top centers in last year's class, but opted to return for his senior year of school and struggled a bit. Luke Zimmerman from SB Nation's new Ohio State blog Land-Grant Holy Land gives us a scouting report on Brewster.
Michael Brewster is a savvy, head strong four year starter known best at his time at Ohio State for helping fortify the so-called 'Brew Crew', a recruiting class that included fellow 4-star/5-stars J.B. Shugarts (now a Brown), Mike Adams (now a Steelers), DeVier Posey (a division rival Texan), and Jake Stoneburner (a first or second rounder next year). As a junior, he finished as the lone non-senior finalist for the Rimington Trophy which is awarded annually to college football's best center. Brewster thrives at both run and pass protection though I'd give a slight lean to his run blocking ability. I think scout's would probably say his build yields more to pass pro, but coming from a system that didn't really embrace much of a vertical game until his third year in it, I'd be willing to wager he got a lot more practice in the first. Brewster was calling line assignments and modifications on the fly as early as his sophomore year and comes out of Ohio State as the school's best center since perennial Pro Bowler Nick Mangold. While not quite the physical monster Mangold is, Brewster should have every bit the potential to continue to develop physically and turn into a real leader in the Jaguars locker room. Not only would I not be surprised at all if he's on the active roster come early September, I'd be surprised if he wasn't the Jaguars (or someone else's) starting center by 2014. You don't get second round talents as UFA's too often.
Here's a game cut of Brewster against Michigan State last year, a game some experts noted he struggled in.