Draft preview: Wisconsin C Peter Konz

March, 19, 2012
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The seventh installment of our draft series looks at Wisconsin center Peter Konz.

Scouts Inc. ranks: No. 1 center, No. 31 overall
Bio: Started 31 games at center for Wisconsin. Was a Rimington Award finalist as a redshirt junior in 2011, when he was first-team All-Big Ten. Missed seven games due to injury in three seasons. Was an Academic All-Big Ten selection who graduated with a 3.2 grade-point average in communication arts.

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Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesPeter Konz started 31 games at Wisonsin and is rated as the best center in the draft.
Size: 6-foot-5, 314 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.16 seconds
225-pound bench press reps: 18
Did not do agility drills at the combine due to left ankle injury.

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan State and Oregon games): Started at center for the Badgers. Was a converted offensive tackle. … Is not a smooth-moving athlete, but can be effective once he gets his hands on you. Herky-jerky style. Is not a pretty player at all. Likes to hit, then grab his man. … Does a really nice job of staying with his blocks. Is able to adjust on the move. Can bend his knees. Can change direction. … Scheme called for him to block back quite a bit. Knows how to play with angles and uses leverage to his advantage. … Can be physical when he is asked to block one on one. Only did 18 reps at 225 at the Combine, which was surprising because you do see him play with better strength. … Has good short-area quickness. … There were some plays where he was a one-shot blocker and ended up on the ground. … Did a nice job when he was asked to reach block to the front side. Has a real feel for how to get the edge and secure it. Good at working to the second level and securing his man. … Showed awareness to help in the pocket when uncovered. Able to adjust to the blitzer when called on. Did not see him get fooled with games or twists. … Didn’t get knocked back; able to hold his ground. Really liked the way that he plays with toughness. Is one of those linemen that is always trying to finish his blocks. … Is the best center in the draft with a great deal of experience as a starter. Feel like that you could plug him in right now and he would do a solid job.

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