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2016 NFL Draft Profile: Purdue C Robert Kugler

Purdue's four-year starting center has a decent shot of continuing his career in the NFL.

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The final draft profile is for one of Purdue's most experienced players. He was a four -year starter that left Purdue after this past fall as the anchor of the offensive line. The Boilers have had a lot of problems in recent seasons, but this player is not one of them:

Robert Kugler - C

6'3", 297 pounds

5.36 seconds 40 yard dash

225 pound bench press: 27 reps

Vertical Jump: 26.5 inches

Broad Jump: 8 feet 4 inches

Kulger originally came to Purdue as a TE, but switched to center after his redshirt season and never looked back. He played in all 49 possible games during his career and started in 43 of them. After he took over at center in 2012 he never let go of the position. He has an NFL pedigree as his dad was the former offensive line coach for the Lions, Bills, and Steelers before taking the head coaching position at UTEP.

What's amazing to me is that he became such a good center after playing TE and DE in high school primarily. He was a 4-star TE prospect for crying out loud, yet Purdue moved him to center and he became the team's rock in the middle. He is also a ridiculously smart player, as he was named an Academic All-American.

The biggest knock against Kugler is that he is not strong enough. He has the smarts and the experience to make an impact and possibly get on a roster, but he is not an overpowering offensive lineman. He can be pushed around a bit, as the lack of Purdue's running game at times has shown. Most people expect him to be an undrafted free agent, but he could be a late round pickup.