Dec 22, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) takes the snap as center Brian De La Puente (60) blocks in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

NFL1000 Center Rankings: De La Puente barely in the Top-20

Aug 5, 2012; Canton, OH, USA; New Orleans Saints offensive guard Brian De La Puente (60) on the sidelines during the second half of a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at Fawcett Stadium. Saints won 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Every year after the season is over Bleacher Report ranks the top 1000 players of the season. That’s a lot of work and it’s pretty awesome. You can find the complete list of centers here.

This time we’re talking centers and Brian De La Puente ranks 19th out of 34 total players scouted by Matt Miller & co. Like any other offensive lineman centers were evaluated in pass block and run block and here’s the result:

Pass Block (43/50)

[De La Puente] is a very quick center who can be used in a variety of ways. He can be left in space in one-on-one situations, and he uses his hands well after establishing himself in his stance. However, De La Puente struggles at times with bull rushes because of his weak upper body. He needs to be stronger in all aspects of the game.

Run Block (34/50)

The Saints ask their center to do an awful lot. He often carries out a key role in a variety of toss, stretch and screen plays that the offense specializes in. De La Puente fits well in this role because he is spatially aware and has the quickness that allows him to be effective in space. However, his body control is inconsistent, and his lack of power makes it tougher for him to make impact blocks. He doesn’t initiate contact with any presence or consistently sustain blocks at any level of the field.

De La Puente (28) will be an unrestricted free agent in a few days and while he wasn’t spectacular last season it might be hard for the Saints to find a replacement for him. As I said before I believe the Saints will resign either right tackle Zach Strief or De La Puente so we’ll see what happens, stay tuned!

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