5) Evan Boehm, C, Missouri
This may be seen as a reach by some people, but Evan Boehm is so much more than just some guy at center. He’s a four year starter who has completely led Mizzou through the last four years, becoming a team leader through grit and determination.
He isn’t as big as many teams would like (6’2″) and he doesn’t have the same frame as premiere offensive linemen, but he’s about as tough as they get. Boehm hasn’t missed a start in his career with Missouri, coming in to play with sprains or otherwise. In fact, he set the school record for starts as a result,. opening in game one as a freshman and closing out his senior year. That’s the kind of grit that teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars seek out.
That tenacity, endurance, and grit is what makes Evan Boehm a possible third round selection by the Jags. He embodies what head coach Gus Bradley wants to see from his players. He is hard working and able to jump in and push the team to be better. He demands excellence and relentless work from himself and his teammates.
On a young team that needs to get mature quickly, having a presence like Boehm will be invaluable.
Jonathan Gross at NFL Mocks says, “Evan Boehm is the complete package. He possesses the qualifications, both tangible and intangible, to be an elite center in the NFL.” The Jags haven’t had an elite center in years and desperately need one to come in and set the tone with guard Brandon Linder. Boehm could be that guy.