Overall, the AFC West has some pretty talented centers. That being said, there’s still one who stands out above the rest.
1. Raiders – Rodney Hudson
One could argue he is the best center in the league. In the AFC West it’s basically Hudson, and everyone else. He was rated as the league’s top pass blocker last season and his intelligence and chemistry with Derek Carr is invaluable as well. He also paved the way up the gut to help Marshawn Lynch average 4.6 yards per carry over the second half of last season.
2. Broncos – Matt Paradis
Paradis has been quite a find for the Broncos. The former 6th round pick took over as the fulltime starting center his second season and hasn’t looked back. He’s been a solid starter for the Broncos despite the Broncos fielding four different starting quarterbacks the past three seasons.
3. Chargers – Mike Pouncey
Just three seasons ago Pouncey was a Pro Bowler and signed a big 5-year extension with the Dolphins. The following season he suffered a hip injury in week five that had him placed on injured reserve. He hasn’t been the same since. Though he started all 16 games last season, he wasn’t at the level he once was. This offseason he was released by the Dolphins and signed a 2-year deal with the Chargers.
4. Chiefs – Mitch Morse
This former offensive tackle was instantly named the Chiefs starting center as a rookie second round pick. He has played pretty well overall, though, much like Pouncey, he’s coming off a down season that was cut short by injury. Though he has a better chance of bouncing back from his foot sprain than Pouncey from his hip injury, he also never played at the same level in his career that Pouncey once did.