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Max Tuerk | Center

Team: USC Trojans
Age / DOB:  (22) / 1/27/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 298

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Chargers selected USC C Max Tuerk with the No. 66 overall pick in the 2016 draft.
Tuerk (6'5/298) made 38 starts for the Trojans, seeing action all over the line before suffering a year-ending knee injury five games into his senior season. Tuerk was voted first-team All-Pac 12 as a junior. Before his injury, Tuerk demonstrated top-shelf movement skills and flashed a nasty streak, but he desperately needs to get stronger. Tuerk also has short arms (32 1/2") that will limit him to the interior in the pros. His best NFL position is probably center. Unable to work out before the draft, Tuerk's recovery may force him to open his rookie year on reserve/PUP. Apr 29 - 9:46 PM

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An anonymous NFL scout says he likes USC C Max Tuerk "over [Ryan] Kelly but [Tuerk] really had a bad injury."

"He can pull and do all kinds of things," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "But he's really a slight built guy." Tuerk blew out his ACL in October. Another scout told the publication that Tuerk's weight fell all the way to the 260s in September. "He has pumped up to 296 or whatever but I don't know how much of that is real weight," another scout said. "When he goes to training camp does he end up being a 280-pound center? I can't think of any 280-pound centers." Tuerk does have the center class' biggest hands (nearly 11 inches) and some believe he has five-position versatility. "Really a big-time athlete," said a third scout. "He's (Alex) Mack, the same type of guy. He is so quick and so athletic. Somebody told me he might be too tall for center and I said, 'You've got to be kidding me?'"
Apr 27 - 4:03 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Mike Renner noted that USC C Max Tuerk is "the best center in this class at locating linebackers on the move, whether it be pulling or at the second level."

"Any team that utilizes the center pulling to the edge heavily should be pushing Tuerk above [Michigan State's Jack] Allen and [Duke's Matt] Skura simply because he’s so adept at [locating linebackers]," Renner wrote. There are complications beyond talent here, though, as the 6-foot-5, 298-pound Tuerk has been sidelined by a torn knee ligament suffered in early October and has not been healthy enough to take part in the majority of the pre-draft process. "Unfortunately," PFF's Renner concluded, "the ACL injury makes his evaluation a tad difficult, as he wasn’t near the same player his junior year [as he was in his abbreviated senior year]."
Apr 17 - 1:45 PM

USC C Max Tuerk (knee) performed 26 reps on the bench press during Wednesday's Pro Day.

Tuerk was predictably limited in his testing, as he continues to recover from a torn knee ligament sustained in early October. The 6-foot-5, 298-pounder is shooting for a potential complete workout come April, though that will depend on the progression of his recovery. Despite a relative lack of size, he was viewed as one of the better offensive linemen in the 2016 pool prior to his injury.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 26 - 5:23 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein compared USC C Max Tuerk to Evan Mathis.

Tuerk's currently on the mend from a torn knee ligament suffered against Washington in early October. He indicated in mid-February that the knee's "feeling awesome," though he predictably was held out of all running events at the NFL Scouting Combine last month. The 6-foot-5, 298-pounder did record 22 reps on the bench press in Indianapolis. Zierlein comped him to Evan Matthis, who was selected by the Panthers with the 79th overall pick (third round) in 2005. The NFL Media analyst believes his best fit is in "primarily zone scheme rushing attacks who don't face many 3-4 fronts within their division."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 7:23 PM

USC C Max Tuerk is unlikely to work out at next week's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

His rehab is focused on a Pro Day workout shortly before the draft. Tuerk tore a knee ligament in early October and subsequently underwent surgery. "The knee is feeling awesome right now," Tuerk said. "It has been a slow process. I hurt it against Washington [October 8]. I was able to get surgery done quickly after it occurred. I left USC when the injury occurred and went down to Orange County and started working with ProActive. Since then I've been doing physical therapy, strengthening my legs and training for the Combine. I won't be able to do any of the running stuff at the Combine or any of the drills but I'll be able to do the bench press and the interviews. The goal is to have a Pro Day in late April."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 18 - 1:27 PM

USC C Max Tuerk is aiming to work out in late April for NFL teams, according to Rob Rang.

Tuerk tore a ligament in his knee against Washington in early October, and Rang notes the mobile center is "100 percent sure he will be back next year." Tuerk will likely weigh in under 300 lbs but should fit a team that wants their center to get to the second level or pull out in space.
Source: Rob
Feb 4 - 9:42 AM

USC senior C Max Tuerk will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

The longtime starter at tackle and center tore a ligament in his knee against Washington. Many ranked Tuerk as the top prospect at his position thanks to his movement skills, and projected him to a zone scheme. His next snap will be in the NFL.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 10:35:00 AM

USC senior C Max Tuerk left Friday's game against Washington with a sprained knee.

He is already listed as questionable for the upcoming game against Notre Dame. Tuerk has moved all along USC's line during his career but looks most comfortable at center due to his mobility. Toa Lobendahn replaced Tuerk with the first team.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 01:12:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that USC senior C Max Tuerk needs to play a "mistake-free" game versus Arizona State, to "help the USC offense, and his draft stock."

"Late in the third quarter down by three, Isaac Whitney caught a pass from Kessler and was tackled close to the first down marker, bringing up 3rd-and-one, but Tuerk lost his composure and was flagged for a late hit to make it 3rd-and-16 instead, leading to a punt two plays later," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Tuerk is currently ESPN's Mel Kiper's top senior center prospect. USC's team captain should rebound from last week's performance.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 02:08:00 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes that USC senior C Max Tuerk "offers an intoxicating blend of length, initial quickness and agility that is sure to excite offensive line coaches."

"With a frame that looks better suited to left tackle or even tight end, Tuerk isn't your traditional short, squatty center but that's precisely where he starred a year ago for the Trojans and will remain there in 2015," Rang wrote. The USC prospect is currently ESPN's Mel Kiper's top senior center prospect. In his time with the Trojans, the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Tuerk has started at every position on the offensive line.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 04:00:00 PM

USC senior C Max Tuerk "could [be] valued similarly to Cameron Erving (No. 19 overall pick in this year's draft) next year due to his versatility," reports NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Reuter ranks him as the class' No. 14 overall senior prospect. "He is a bit taller and more slender than most pro pivots, but with more work in the weight room, NFL teams could determine that center is where he'll fit best as a pro," Reuter wrote. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Tuerk as the top senior center prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Sat, Aug 15, 2015 10:16:00 PM

USC senior C Max Tuerk is "likely to remind scouts of Cameron Erving," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observes.

"Like Erving, Tuerk is blessed with a combination of long arms, a trim waste and light feet that every offensive line coach hopes to find in a prospect," Rang wrote. In the past three seasons, the versatile USC prospect has started five games at left tackle, one at right tackle, three at left guard, one at left guard and 13 at center (all last season). The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Tuerk is one of the top prospects in the country at the center position.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Aug 5, 2015 03:52:00 PM

USC senior C Max Tuerk "proved to be a natural fit in the middle of the line, an agile blocker who is physical and is also capable of blocking on the move," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"It's impressive that USC's offense had the success it did last year, given how young the line was," Brown wrote. "Tuerk was the most experienced player, and he's shown a ton of versatility throughout his career." Across his three-year career, Tuerk has started five games at left tackle, one at right tackle, three at left guard, one at left guard and 13 at center (all last season). Brown grades Tuerk as the No. 5 offensive lineman in the land. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks him as the top senior center prospect.
Sun, Jul 19, 2015 04:05:00 PM

USC senior C Max Tuerk has made the watch list for the Rimington Trophy.

The USC prospect is one of the Trojans' most versatile lineman, with 33 career starts to his resume. Tuerk has 14 starts at left guard, 13 at center, 5 at left tackle, and 1 at right tackle. With that kind of positional versatility, he should be high on evaluators draft boards. ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Tuerk will be the top senior center prospect in the 2016 draft.
Wed, Jul 8, 2015 03:44:00 PM