Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) under center with Brian de la Puente (60) during the first half of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Free Agents: Center Rankings and Predictions


1. Brian De La Puente (RFA), New Orleans Saints (28)

De La Puente has developed into a very good starting center in the NFL after coming into the league as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He will be the Saints’ starter for a while.

Prediction: Re-signs with Saints

Actual: Tendered (2nd round) by Saints

2. Fernando Velasco, Tennessee Titans (28)

Velasco was a bright spot on an otherwise really bad interior offensive line unit for the Titans. You have to think they’ll be able to bring him back.

Prediction: Re-signs with Titans

Actual:

3. Dan Koppen, Denver Broncos (33)

Koppen was one of the Broncos’ best offensive linemen in 2012 filling in for the injured J.D. Walton. He looks like he has another year or so left in the tank.

Prediction: Re-signs with Broncos

Actual:

4. Todd McClure, Atlanta Falcons (36)

McClure is at a stage in his career where no change is probably the best, especially playing on a contender like Atlanta. He should be back if he doesn’t retire.

Prediction: Re-signs with Falcons

Actual:

5. Evan Dietrich-Smith, Green Bay Packers (27)

Dietrich-Smith was a replacement for Jeff Saturday, who has played his last NFL down. I think the Packers could look to upgrade, but he’s a good fit for them for the future.

Prediction: Re-signs with Packers

Actual:

6. Phil Costa (RFA), Dallas Cowboys (26) — Re-signed with Cowboys

7. Rob Turner, St. Louis Rams (29)

8. Kevin Matthews (RFA), Tennessee Titans (26)

9. Brad Meester, Jacksonville Jaguars (36)

10. Chris Spencer, Chicago Bears (31)

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