Wisconsin center Joe Tippmann is a top-two center in the 2023 NFL Draft. Tippmann’s odds to be drafted in the first round recently experienced a monumental shift to -140 via certain betting markets. Tippmann is going to get drafted earlier than the general public realizes.
Tippmann blends incredible power with raw athleticism. He is a tough and nasty interior offensive lineman that’s equally as effective in pass protection and run blocking. He’s a technically-advanced run-blocker, and he also mirrors pass-rushers in condensed spaces. We’ve identified four ideal fits for Joe Tippmann.
NEW YORK GIANTS
Giants general manager Joe Schoen managed to retain both Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley this offseason. Scheon’s attention now turns to ensuring Jones and Barkley have the best possible supporting cast around them. A quality offensive line is especially of the utmost importance. There’s a glaring hole at the center position that Tippmann could fill.
Schoen lost starting center Jon Feliciano in free agency. Feliciano was a consistent performer that played 971 snaps at center last season. Feliciano’s toughness and leadership will be missed. The Giants don’t have an appropriate in-house replacement on the roster. Tippmann has 10-year starter qualities.
The Titans surprisingly released veteran center Ben Jones earlier this offseason. Jones’ departure leaves a massive hole. Jones was often the glue that held Tennessee’s offensive line together.
Last year’s starting left guard Aaron Brewer is capable of kicking inside to center, but it’s far from a certainty. Brewer has played less than 150 pro snaps at center since entering the league in 2020. If the Titans don’t draft an offensive lineman with the No. 11 overall selection, general manager Ran Carthon should target an immediate starter like Tippmann with his second-round pick.
The Titans lost another starting interior lineman, Nate Davis. Free-agent signing Daniel Brunskill should start at right guard. Tippmann could play center next to him.
Many are focused on what the Cardinals will do with the No. 3 selection, but general manager Monti Ossenfort is tasked with finding contributors all throughout the draft. Ossenfort inherited a lackluster roster that requires attention all over.
Ossenfort signed Hjalte Froholdt, but Arizona would be silly to hand Froholdt the starting job without a fight. Froholdt was credited with allowing a position-high 7.0 seven sacks last season, per Pro Football Focus. Tippmann would provide a necessary upgrade.
Seahawks general manager John Schneider began retooling his offensive line by drafting two instant-starters at tackle in Charles Cross and Abe Lucas in the 2022 NFL Draft. The picture is nearly complete. Seattle could use a starting-caliber center to finalize the transformation.
Austin Blythe failed to meet expectations at center last season. Blythe retired in February, officially thrusting Schneider into the market for a replacement. As things stand, veteran journeymen Joey Hunt would be in the mix. Hunt hasn’t proven he’s an NFL starting center. Tippmann would add to a young nucleus that includes Cross, Lucas, and Damien Lewis.
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