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Prospect Profiles: Peter Konz


TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6-5, 315, 5.15


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What I like…

– Possesses a strong, well put together frame with natural girth through his lower half, despite his height.
– Showcases natural bend when asked to sit into his stance. Keep his knees bent, base down and looks natural keeping his pad level low into his stance.
– A smart kid who helps make all the line calls and exhibits impressive awareness working in tandem with his guards in the pass game.
– Keeps his head on a swivel, locates blitzing linebackers and is quick to adjust.
– Showcases natural change of direction skills and foot quickness when asked to re-direct and mirror.
– Drops pad level quickly and even if he does give up initial leverage works his hands well and has the ability to re-set his hands and anchor on contact.
– Showcases the natural power in his lower half, length and hand placement to gain leverage and anchor out vs. bigger tackles once he gains leverage.
– Is heavy handed and sticks well once engaged.
– Snaps and steps quickly in the run game.
– Doesn’t waste much motion extending his arms and getting his hands into contact at the point of attack vs. the run.
– Generates a good snap through the hips into contact when blocking down on defenders off his frame.
– Showcases the power to consistently wash out defensive linemen on contact off his frame.
– Understands angles and is quick to get around blocks inside, create leverage with his hands and seal.
– Even when overwhelmed on contact in the run game, is quick footed and able to get his body around and seal defenders from the play.
– Showcases good short area quickness when asked to chip, get out into the second level and reach a target.
– Possesses a toughness about his game, likes to finish and will play till the whistle.
– Is a tough kid who is willing to play through pain.

What I don’t like…

– Despite his ability to bend, is a taller center who will allow defenders to get under his pad level at times off the snap.
– Isn’t the most consistent of punchers in pass protection, would like to see more of a snap into contact.
– Can be rocked backward at times initially in pass protection and put on skates, doesn’t quickly recoverwhen trying to re-set his feet and anchor.
– Will get overextended at times into contact initially when trying to get physical in pass protection.
– Lacks elite power off the snap and at times can give up leverage and be worked into the backfield vs. the run.
– Looks a bit limited on the move. Is asked to pull and get around the edge, but lacks ideal range in the open field.
– Tends to pop upright a bit through contact as an in-line blocker when trying to finish and will lose balance and fall off blocks though the play.

Impression: For a taller center showcases impressive flexibility, as he typically gains leverage on contact and uses his length to gain proper hand placement. Has some limitations because of his height and will allow defenders to get under him at times.

However, for the most part is able to quickly re-set his hands, sink his hips and keep the inside of the pocket clean in pass protection.

Showcases an good snap through the hips in the run game, is routinely able to create a push inside and drive opposing nose tackles away from the play and/or seal. Looks like a “plus” run blocker in the NFL in more of an angle scheme.

NE Patriots Draft:

Strengths: Elite size and bulk for a center – Fantastic blocker when on the move, finds his targets quickly – Moves exceptionally well for his size – Very effective in combo blocks – Resets well after initial punch – Excels on the second level, picking off linebackers – Runs the screen play very well.

Weaknesses: Occasionally gets knocked off balance unexpectedly – Rarely is a dominating force one-on-one inside – Dealt with durability issues (ankle) in past and present – Blood clot in lung during 2009 season might also be a red-flag.

FF Toolbox:

Centers rarely push for first round attention; and if they do, it is only one per year. That said, Konz’ stock is on the rise and he will certainly contend to be that player in 2012. Konz has great size for a center and uses all of his 315 pounds to his advantage. Whether he is in pass protection, making calls along the line, or bum-rushing defensive linemen as a run blocker, there aren’t many holes in his game.

Wisconsin has produced a ton of great offensive line prospects over the years and Konz is another prospect who will fulfill that tradition if he opts to enter the draft this year. When the Badgers played Michigan State, he played very well against fellow 2012 NFL Draft defensive tackle prospect Jerel Worthy. Depending upon the statistician, Konz pancaked him as well. Those games against comparable NFL talent are what scouts really like to watch and from that film alone, he should be able to impress.

Konz does an excellent job of finding any blitzing linebackers, releasing from a double-team and sliding into position to make a block. His run blocking is great and if need be, he could fill-in at guard for most NFL teams. Konz does well to find the middle linebacker on every play and very rarely is Wisconsin’s line caught off guard. He is able to quickly create running lanes up the middle by exploding into defenders and knocking them off their pursuit angles.


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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Peter Konz is a huge center prospect. Great run blocker. Good athlete and can move. Smart and powerful. Good leverage, but his height can be an issue for him, as defenders can get under him. Much better run blocker than in pass pro. Loses balances. Has some durability concerns. But comes from a program that always produces top lineman and he was the top lineman on a line that helped open holes for Montee Ball. The Giants have David Baas. But Konz has been mocked to the Giants more recently. Do they envision him at guard? Certainly has the size and athletic ability. Konz is a plug and play guy, and I think he can play guard and center (remember, Baas can also play guard). That might be the thinking put him at either guard or center, and then you will solidify your interior line. Konz is really solid. Not flashy. But you don’t have to be on the interior. Plug and play. Not a sexy pick, but you will have solidified your line for the next 10 years.



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2 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Peter Konz”

  1. ArthuroMolenda says:

    Baas can not only play but it’s the position he’s played the most in the NFL !

    I actually never thought of the possibility of moving Baas outside one step and get another guy at center, good thinking there.
    Anyway we won’t draft an interior OL that early.

    • ArthuroMolenda says:

      The word “guard” is obviously missing in the first sentence.

      “Baas can not only play GUARD but it’s the position he’s played the most in the NFL !”

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