Three-year starter who made his first three career starts at left guard before moving to right guard for most of his sophomore and all of his junior season. Shifted to the pivot as a senior, being named First Team All-American and winning the Rimington Trophy as the best center in college football. Made 40 consecutive starts for the Buckeyes.
Productive and durable blocker that has lined up at center and guard. Effectively quarterbacks the offensive line, keeps his head on a swivel and does an outstanding job with the shotgun snap. Stays square, keeps his defender in front of him and anchors in pass protection. Displays terrific vision, moves quickly out to the second level and is explosive at the point. Nasty, works to finish blocks and attacks assignments. Strong at the point of attack turning defenders from the line or anchoring in pass protection. Smart and fundamentally sound and displays a sense for his position.
Must improve his blocking balance. Had a tendency to fall off blocks last season rather than finish them. Average ability blocking in motion.
Elflein was a consistent player for Ohio State and, though not spectacular, he was solid in all areas. The versatility to be used at guard or center gives him starting potential at the next level if in the proper system.