Drake Nugent, new Michigan OL, was amongst top-graded centers in 2022
Drake Nugent was one of the most effective players at his position in the country for the 2022 season, according to Pro Football Focus.
PFF released its top 10 highest-graded centers from the 2022 season on Tuesday morning. Nugent, an incoming transfer from Stanford, ranks No. 7 nationally.
Notably, he’s 1 spot above outgoing Michigan center Olusegun Oluwatimi. Oluwatimi won the both the Rimington Award and Outland Trophy in 2022.
Here’s PFF’s full top 10:
Top 10 highest graded Centers from the 2022 season pic.twitter.com/rihT6AFkgn
— PFF College (@PFF_College) January 17, 2023
Nugent was honorable mention All-Pac 12 in 2022. He was also named to the Rimington Award and Outland Trophy watchlists. He’s listed at 6-foot-1, 300 pounds.
Michigan has established itself as one of the premier landing spots for offensive linemen in the country. The Wolverines have won the Joe Moore Award — given to the top OL in the nation — in back-to-back seasons.
Michigan has also added 2 other offensive linemen in the portal so far this cycle: former Stanford tackle Myles Hinton and ex-Arizona State lineman LaDarius Henderson.
The Wolverines are coming off of back-to-back appearances in the College Football Playoff.