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NFL Draft Prospect Preview - Charles Turner III

by J.T. Toth


Photo courtesy of LSU Sports.


At Draft 412, the NFL draft talk never ends. We will keep you ready for the next set of gridiron stars—from today and all the way until draft night 2024. We will bring you mock drafts, player profiles, individual team needs, and everything else you may need related to the 2024 NFL Draft.


Today’s Spotlight - LSU, Center, Charles Turner III


Name- Charles Turner III

Pos- Center

Team- LSU

HT/WT- 6’4” 300 lbs.

Born- n/a

Home – Canton, OH


Charles Turner III spent his last 2 years of high school playing football at the IMG Academy, helping his team to a 16-1 mark in the 2 seasons. He was selected to take part in the 2019 All-American Bowl and was rated as the #6 center in the nation according to 247Sports. Turner was a consensus 3-star center who eventually committed to play football at LSU.


Turner saw action in 3 games as a true freshman, playing only 36 snaps and was eventually redshirted. In 2020, he appeared in 8 games at right tackle in a limited role. As a redshirt sophomore, he played in 4 games, starting 1 at right tackle. He served as the backup center and cross trained at all positions, filling in when needed. Turner broke through in 2022 as a starter on the offensive line. He started all 12 games at center for the Tigers and did not commit a penalty the last 10 games of the season. In 2023, Turner started all 13 games at center and only was responsible for 1 sack allowed and 3 penalties committed on the season. 

 

Turner’s versatility will be his greatest asset to the team that drafts him. He has played everywhere on the offensive line and at worst can be a depth guy. He has a high football IQ and as a center, he understands the assignments of all the linemen. He has the potential to be a leader and keep things cohesive. He has a quick first step off the snap, and gets out in front to help with his positioning in battles. He excels at combo blocks and does an effective job at engaging on the second level and is athletic and fluid. He moves laterally well in pass protection and understands stunts and twists well, always seeming to be in position to seal the A gaps. 


On the downside, Turner is more athletic than he is strong. He lacks the strength to hit a defender and stick to him and drive through. Defenders can shed Turner easily at times or hold him up so he cannot bounce off and hit the second level defenders. Bull rushers up the middle will be an issue at the NFL level for him, and he will struggle to anchor against the bigger and faster players. He projects as a center and should bring depth at guard, but he is too undersized to be an effective option at tackle. He has a habit of throwing his body at defenders and spends too much time on the ground.


A comparable player to Turner is Evan Brown, a center who went undrafted out of SMU in 2018. Brown is a versatile offensive lineman who has seen his career flourish and is now the starting center for the Detroit Lions. Brown is more athletic than strong and his football IQ is a good comparison to how Charles Turner plays the game. 


Strengths


  • Athletic

  • Versatile

  • Combo blocks

  • Football IQ


Weaknesses


  • Bullrushes

  • Strength

  • Balance

  • Sustaining blocks


Final Analysis


Charles Turner III has the experience and versatility to be a nice addition to a team’s offensive line. He will need to improve his strength, but has the upside to be a starting NFL center down the road.


Draft 412 Draft Projection -  Round 6 or Round 7

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