John Michael Schmitz receives highest PFF grade for college centers ahead of Week 6
John Michael Schmitz has separated himself from the rest of the country early on this season.
The Minnesota offensive lineman is the highest-graded center so far this season, and it’s not particularly close.
Schmitz has a grade of 91.8 and the next highest grade is 85.9, a whopping difference. Schmitz is making his name known among NFL scouts this season and has possibly even solidified himself as the best center in the draft.
Highest-graded center this season:
🔴 John Michael Schmitz, Minnesota – 91.8
The next highest is at 85.9 🤯 pic.twitter.com/2UuvlOxmpM
— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 4, 2022
The Golden Gophers have allowed just 4 sacks so far this season.
Schmitz is a Flossmoor, Illinois, native and a senior at Minnesota. He has been a part of two All-Big Ten teams and one Academic All-Big Ten team.
Schmitz, through his great protection on the offensive line, has helped Minnesota get out to a 4-1 start on the season. The Golden Gophers made their way into the top-25 before dropping last week’s game to Purdue.
Minnesota has a bye week this week and will take on Illinois in two weeks.