Baas is not the best center prospect in the draft. He's the best guard prospect, with the tools to be one of the best center prospects.
Chris Spencer is considered by many NFL scouts to be the best center prospect in the draft. According to Len Pasquarelli at ESPN, one AFC regional scout (could he be from the Texans?) stated that Spencer could be one of the best centers to come into the league in the past 25 years.
Jason Brown, who began his college career at tackle and moved inside to the hub in his second season with the Tar Heels, hasn't allowed a sack since his sophomore campaign. He is bright, competitive, has terrific recognition skills and, at 6-feet-2 3/8 and 310 pounds, possesses excellent size for the position. Watch him on tape, against even the premier defensive tackles in the ACC, and his opponents rarely penetrate into the backfield.
Amazingly, he might not even be the top center prospect.
Scouts spoke Thursday of Brown, who has slimmed down considerably since playing at an ungainly 336 pounds in 2003, in glowing terms. But they lavished praise on Chris Spencer of Mississippi, who appeared legitimately taken aback when apprised of some of their comments. One regional scout from an AFC franchise suggested Spencer could be one of the best centers to come into the league in the last 25 years.
Among the other names to watch: David Baas (Michigan), Ben Wilkerson (LSU), Junius Coston (North Carolina A&T) and Vince Carter (Oklahoma).