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On Wisconsin: Offensive Lineman Peter Konz and Kevin Zeitler

Feb 25, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 25, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

WR Toon highlights "impressive" Wisconsin Pro Day - CBSSports.com. He attends this one every year, but Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson was in attendance for their workouts. Earlier in the (mock) draft process, Wisconsin C Peter Konz was considered a 1st round selection, but his stock has taken a dip since the NFL Combine. I wrote about the center position on Sunday, so I thought it was time to take another look at Konz.


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He's got two problems at the moment. First, he only had 18 reps during the bench press drill, which is far fewer than nearly every offensive lineman at the combine. Second, he's recovering from a dislocated ankle. The second problem might be wrecking his conditioning and helped create the first problem, but the scouts are going to have to go on what they see.

And right now, despite all his quality game film in college, Konz looks like a project. It might take him a while for his dislocated ankle to heal, and some more time to get his conditioning back to 100%. That might work just fine for some teams, but if Scott Wells leaves the Packers in free agency, they might not be able to wait.

The Packers shouldn't have much interest in G Kevin Zeitler, who could sneak into the bottom of the 1st round, but he's moved ahead of Konz. You don't hear about many high draft pick guards converting to center, and I'm not sure I'd even want the Packers to use their 1st round pick on Zeitler. I still want to see a defensive player selected with their No. 28 overall pick.