INDIANAPOLIS -- The Green Bay Packers might or might not be looking for a center this offseason, mostly because veteran Scott Wells might or might not re-sign with them as he approaches free agency. That's why the combine performance of Wisconsin center Peter Konz matters to the NFC North blog.
Konz told reporters that he managed just 18 repetitions on the (225-pound) bench press during drills. If you aren't that worried about the strength of a center in February when his first game isn't until September, I'm with you. But Konz is the best center available in the draft, according to ESPN analyst Mel Kiper, and it's not out of the question that "strength questions" could drop his value a bit and make him more likely to be available to the Packers at No. 28 overall.
Speaking Friday at the NFL combine, Packers coach Mike McCarthy didn't seem to be deeply enmeshed in planning a succession plan for Wells.
"We'll figure that out," McCarthy said. "I'm very hopeful, confident that things can work out from a business standpoint with Scott. But if it does not, you have to move in another direction. Those are projections and scenarios that I hope we don't have to talk about."
Regardless, I would have to think the Packers are closely evaluating Konz. I don't think Ted Thompson would make a draft decision based on bench press reps, but the development could impact Konz's standing with some teams and perhaps deliver him to the Packers in April -- if necessary.