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2015 NFL DRAFT

Peter Konz, C

School: Wisconsin  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Neenah, WI
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 314 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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04/30/2012 - The right guard position was problematic as Garrett Reynolds opened the season as the starter after beating out Mike Johnson. When Reynolds struggled, Hawley took over at right guard. In the offseason, the Falcons signed guard Vincent Manuwai in free agency. Konz, 6-5 and 314 pounds, was projected to go late in the first round by most draft analysts. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper had him rated as the top center in the draft. "He has no peers in this draft," Kiper said. Konz, who lifted 225 pounds just 18 times at the NFL Scouting Combine, needs to improve his upper-body strength. He should be able to lift that weight 25 times. He said he lifted 225 pounds 23 times at his Pro Day. He is considered quick and agile for his size. He could pull on sweeps and hit moving targets, which was considered a weakness of the line by former offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey. The line's lack of mobility was cited when Mularkey was pressed about why he didn't call more screen passes last season. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was sacked 26 times last season and was hit 84 times, which was the seventh most hits in the NFL. If the Falcons plan to climb to the top of the NFC and be Super Bowl contenders, they must do a better job of protecting the man Dimitroff has taken to calling "Deuce." "We need to make sure we have the right people protecting 'Deuce' as well as helping in short-yardage runs," said Dimitroff, who selected a player from the Big Ten conference for the first time in five drafts with the Falcons. Konz's versatility was important to the Falcons. "At Wisconsin they made sure I knew tackle, guard and center," Konz said. "Anywhere I can help the team, that's my responsibility." The Falcons re-signed center Todd McClure during free agency. Also, Joe Hawley started three games at center last season. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Falcons' picks: Round 2/55 - Peter Konz, C/G, 6-5, 315, Wisconsin...He was considered the top center in the draft. He was very effective blocking in Wisconsin's inside zone blocking scheme. He will get the chance to win the right guard spot immediately. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff was fine with sitting out the first and fourth rounds of this draft. He traded away those picks as part of the Julio Jones deal. With only six picks, the Falcons were happy with their haul. They wanted to add some competition along the offensive line and were elated to snap up Wisconsin center Peter Konz with their second round pick. They also drafted mammoth Southern Mississippi tackle Lamar Holmes in the third round. "Peter is a lunch-pail guy," Dimitroff said. "He's a tough, hard-nosed guy, who has the versatility to play both center and guard which is important." Konz is a solid pass blocker and could be the team's center of the future. The Falcons don't believe they reached on Holmes. "I can't comment on why he was projected to go later," Dimitroff said. "Sometimes when you have a JC transfer type of player, the prognosticators are behind from a recognition standpoint." BEST PICK: Center/Guard Peter Konz: He could be a factor at guard as well or be the center of the future. He pulled and trapped from the center position with the Badgers and has a nice anchor point in pass protections. "In terms of Peter, he's going to start at the guard position for us, but he will get some work at center as well," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "We'll start cross-training these guys from the very beginning." - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - Sitting out the first round was tough on Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff. After trading for Julio Jones last season, the Falcons waited until the second round to make their first pick and start on their "offensive linemen" sweepstakes. "It was something that we were focused on throughout the offseason," Dimitroff said. "Both Mike Smith and I spent a lot of time focusing on the offensive line and how we could acquire some more size, strength and stoutness to help bolster our roster." Former Wisconsin center Peter Konz, who was selected in the second round (55th overall) and former Southern Mississippi tackle Lamar Holmes was selected in the third round with the 91st overall pick. Also, Dimitroff made a trade in the third round. He sent the 84th pick to Baltimore and slid down seven spots and picked up a fifth rounder (164th overall) from the Ravens. Just before they were to select at No. 84 (third round) they traded the pick to Baltimore. They received the Ravens' pick at No. 91 (third round), which they used to take Lamar Holmes, an offensive tackle from Southern Mississippi. he trade also brought the Falcons a fifth-round pick (No. 164, 29th of the round). The Falcons' plan was to improve the offensive line early in this draft. Their decision came down to Konz and Mississippi tackle Bobby Massie. "I can't emphasize enough how important it is Konz can play both guard and center," Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. "We have him listed as a guard-center." - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - C Peter Konz, Wisconsin -- The Falcons grabbed the top-rated center in the draft, who was a first-round prospect until managing only 18 bench reps at 225 pounds at the scouting combine. He's a plug-and-play offensive lineman with 31 career starts with excellent technique, but an injury history. He wrote a letter to Wisconsin fans after deciding to leave school a year early for the NFL.

04/12/2012 - Talk about a guy on a roller coaster: Wisconsin's Peter Konz has pretty much been the consensus No. 1 center in the draft for most of the evaluation process, but has been in an out of the first round in projections. The latest: Put the Badgers' standout, the latest solid Wisconsin blocker, back in the opening round. Konz has been very solid in workouts, demonstrated terrific in-line toughness, and also the potential to move to guard for teams that already have very good snappers. On the subject of Wisconsin blockers, guard Kevin Zeitler is back on the rise again. Like Konz, his stock had been up and down, but is climbing solidly again. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

04/09/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE MEDICAL RECHECK: C Peter Konz, Wisconsin (6-5, 314): Injuries have been an issue for the talented Wisconsin center, who suffered a blood clot in both lungs in 2009, a sprained ankle in 2010 and a dislocated ankle that forced him to miss the final few games of 2011. Konz was also forced to sit out at the combine and has yet to work out for pro teams, continuing his rehab on that ankle. He still expects to work out sometime in April, but durability is a bright red flag for Konz. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

04/06/2012 - The Ravens will have roughly 150 players on their draft board. Typically, they wind up making all of their picks out of their top 100. "That doesn't always happen," DeCosta said. "Sometimes, we have to go outside of the lines. There have been a couple years where we've actually had to pull a few players up from outside our 150, but that doesn't happen very often." Many times the Ravens have had a player they wanted simply fall to them, including Reed, Grubbs and former tight end Todd Heap."I don't want to give away my trade secrets," DeCosta said, "but we feel like our pick will be one of our top 20 players." - The Sports Xchange

04/05/2012 - 04/05/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin: When talking to NFL evaluators, the one main negative regarding Peter Konz is his durability, battling injuries the past few seasons. He missed the final three games of the 2011 season with a dislocated left ankle and decided to skip his senior season, leaving the Badger program one year early. Konz hasn't been able to work out due to the ankle injury and was only able to lift at the Combine, producing a somewhat disappointing number of only 18 reps of 225-pounds. However, he was finally able to get on the field and work out for scouts and coaches, representing 16 teams at his campus session in early April. Konz impressed with his lateral agility, balance and technique, showing those in attendance that the ankle injury was no longer an issue. He also improved his bench number to 23 reps, hardly earth-shattering, but a needed improvement from Indianapolis. His versatility to potentially play any spot on the offensive line if needed is one of the reasons Konz isn't expected to fall out of the first round. And his workout this week cemented those thoughts. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/05/2012 - Former University of Wisconsin center Peter Konz had to wait later than most NFL draft prospects to show what he could do. Konz suffered a dislocated left ankle in the game against Minnesota on Nov. 12. So he only took part in the bench press at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis in late February and put up a disappointing 18 repetitions at 225 pounds. During UW's pro day on March 7, Konz was limited to snapping for quarterback Russell Wilson during quarterback drills. Konz finally got a chance to show what he could do Wednesday in a workout at the McClain Center and may have cemented his status as the top center in the draft later this month. Sixteen NFL teams were represented at the workout, mostly offensive line coaches. "I thought it went very well," Konz said. "It's been a long journey, rehabbing from Nov. 12 until today and mustering out that Rose Bowl, really taking it easy during the combine, which was hard because teams want to see you. "To get out here today and really feel healthy and able to do all the workouts makes me feel really confident." Konz did not run a 40-yard dash. He did the bench press and also went through offensive line drills. "It would have put more strain on my ankle," Konz said of the 40. "It's really more important to do the O-line drills, to see I'm functional, I can go in a minicamp and do it. "If I go out and do a 40 and all of a sudden tweak something, that's just not smart." - Tom Mulhern, Capital Times

04/04/2012 - Unlike most centers, Konz is athletic enough to impress in a Pro Day situation. While his lack of ideal strength is evident on tape, so too is his lateral agility and vision. Konz is considered by some scouts to be athletic enough to consider moving to guard. When he arrived at Wisconsin, coaches initially wanted him at tackle and only moved into the pivot in an attempt to get their five best offensive linemen starting. The other four primary offensive linemen Konz played with during his career with the Badgers are either already in the NFL (offensive tackle Gabe Carimi and guard John Moffitt) or soon will be (Zeitler, Oglesby). According to Dunne, there were representatives of the Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, and Cincinnati Bengals' coaching staffs on hand for the workout. The Ravens, considering the age of current starting center Matt Birk and the loss of guard Ben Grubbs to the New Orleans Saints in free agency, have often been linked to Konz. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/04/2012 - An estimated 12-15 NFL teams were represented Wednesday on the Madison, Wisconsin campus to see top-ranked center Peter Konz and two interior linemates - Kevin Zeitler and Josh Oglesby work out. Because he wasn't able to participate at the Scouting Combine or Wisconsin's March 7 Pro Day while recovering from a dislocated left ankle, Konz was the obvious "center" of attention. The 6-5, 314 pound Konz improved upon the one drill he had been able to do at the Combine -- the bench press. Konz had posted some pretty disappointing numbers in the bench in Indianapolis. His 18 reps were the least posted by a center tested at the Combine since 2004. Konz improved on the mark significantly Wednesday, raising the bar 23 times. Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was on hand for the workout and got Konz's take on his improvement in the bench press. "I've just never been that good at the bench," Konz said. "I'm not going to lie and say it was a ???bad day' or anything. It wasn't a bad day. Once I really trained for it harder and [Wisconsin strength and conditioning coach] Brian [Bott] put me through some heavier reps - I got 17 on 250 pounds - I knew I could come in here and improve. That's what I really wanted to show them. I didn't care if I got 20 or 19. As long as I could tell them I beat my own score, when I tell you I'm going to work on something I really am." - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/03/2012 - NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated center Peter Konz hasn't been able to workout for scouts yet due to his extended recovery from the dislocated left ankle that finished his regular season early. That will change Wednesday, as the Wisconsin junior will work out on campus. Konz, who left after his junior season with the Badgers, only performed in one drill while at the 2012 Scouting Combine and frankly, he was disappointing in that drill -- only putting up the bench press bar 18 times. That total tied Konz for the fourth fewest of any offensive linemen tested at the Combine this year and was less than any center since former Kansas State standout Nick Leckey posted 18 in 2004. For whatever its worth, Leckey was highly touted prior to the 2004 draft, earning as high as 2nd round grades from some analysts. He was ultimately selected in the sixth round by the Arizona Cardinals. Konz was also unable to perform in drills at Wisconsin's initial Pro Day workout March 7. While Pro Day workouts are generally wrapping up with the draft just three weeks away, Konz's workout is expected to be well attended. Virtually all (27) of the NFL's teams were represented at Notre Dame's Pro Day Tuesday. Expect to see a similar number of teams on hand for Konz's workout. While Konz's lack of prototypical strength is a bit of a concern, his athleticism and consistency should earn him a top 50 selection. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/02/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP OFFENSIVE LINEMEN: *Peter Konz, Wisconsin, 6-5, 314...Konz (pronounced "Kahnz") is the type of dedicated player coaches look for at center. He showed that and his high character when he made the decision to opt for the draft after his junior year. Konz wrote a letter of explanation for Badgers fans, telling them, among other things, that he crammed 18 units into the fall semester so he could graduate this spring and, oh yes, he was getting married. Konz was equally accountable on the field, where his intensive off-field work was evident. His anticipation and alertness compensate for average quickness, so he still gets in position in time to take on defenders. Konz is more of a persistent, wall-off type of blocker than a physical mauler. In order to start in 30 college games, he overcame several setbacks including blood clots in both lungs (2009), a severely sprained ankle (2010) and a dislocated left ankle that kept him out of three games last season, including the Big Ten Championship Game, before he returned to play in the 2012 Rose Bowl against Oregon. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/08/2012 - Wisconsin Pro day: While the skill position players got most of the buzz, scouts believe the Wisconsin tradition of producing quality offensive linemen could be proven yet again with one or two Badger blockers the first players drafted from the school in 2012. Offensive guard Kevin Zeitler was "efficient and powerful" during positional drills. Junior Peter Konz was unable to fully participate due to the fact that he's still recovering from the dislocated ankle that sidelined him for much of the second half of the regular season in 2011. He did do the snapping to Wilson in drills, however. Scouts like Konz's size and mobility enough that some view him as possible convert to guard or even right tackle in the NFL. More than a few scouts are concerned with a lack of ideal strength shown during the bench press drill at the Combine, where Konz lifted the bar "only" 18 times. Zeitler, by comparison, had 32 reps. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/29/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE FALLERS: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin: Regarded as the top center prospect in the draft entering the Combine, Konz surprised scouts with less than ideal strength (18 repetitions of 225 pounds). If he were to be drafted in the first round, it would be the first interior lineman with less than 20 repetitions to earn this distinction in the past five years. - Rob Rang/NFLDraftScout & Derek Harper/The Sports Xchange

02/25/2012 - The second interior offensive lineman drafted figures to be Wisconsin center Peter Konz. Sure, he's a former tackle who's able to run out to the edges from the center position. But what really sets him apart as an elite center prospect? "I'm able to talk to the media." The affable Konz was one of the last offensive linemen to make it through the room Friday as he got caught up in one of the combine's infamous MRIs. He was happy to finally be out of the medical exams and in the crosshairs of the media. "My major is radio-television-film. I love it. I love attention!" he said with a laugh. "I don't know. As a kid, my mom would put on Brett Favre interviews and I loved how he didn't talk about, 'We played a great game. We gave 100 percent. We respect the other team.' "I wanted to break that cycle. I wanted to be that guy to say, 'You know what? I've got a personal story. I've got more tied into this game than somebody else might have." - NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 22. *Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin, 6-5, 315, 1...Konz (pronounced "Kahnz"), showed his character even as he made the decision to opt for the draft after his junior year. He wrote a letter of explanation to Badger fans, telling them among other things that he crammed 18 units into the fall semester so he could graduate this spring and, oh yes, he was getting married. Konz was equally accountable on the field, where he always found a way to get the job done. His alertness compensates for average quickness so he still gets in position in time to take on defenders. Konz is more of a persistent, wall-off type of blocker than a physical mauler. In order to play in 30 college games, he overcame several setbacks, including blood clots in both lungs (2009), a severely sprained ankle (2010) and a dislocated left ankle that kept him out of three games before he returned to play in the 2012 Rose Bowl against Oregon. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

01/10/2012 - Wisconsin center Peter Konz is planning to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Konz, a first-team All-Big Ten player who started 31 games for Wisconsin over the last three years, announced his decision Tuesday. He stepped in at center as a redshirt freshman in 2009 after Travis Frederick was injured in the second game of the season. Badgers coach Brett Bielema says Konz worked hard on the field and also represented the university and the football program "in a first-class manner." - AP Sports

01/10/2012 - Wisconsin junior center Peter Konz announced Tuesday that he will forgo his senior season at Wisconsin and enter his name into the 2012 NFL Draft. "As you've probably heard, I have decided to forgo my senior season and enter the NFL draft," Konz said. "Because of the support I have received, the degree I am so proud to leave with, the football legacy I helped leave behind, and more reasons than I could even remember, I would simply like to say thank you. Every last person has made my experience at Wisconsin far beyond what I could have imagined and without you I could never be where I am today." Statement from Wisconsin Head Coach Bret Bielema: "I knew when we received the information back from the NFL that Pete would have a tough decision ahead of him. He has been one of the most enjoyable players I have had the pleasure to coach. I know being a Badger meant the world to him and his family. I want to thank him not only for all his hard work and effort on the field but for also representing our program and the University of Wisconsin in a first-class manner throughout his career. "I also want to thank his mother, Margaret, who has been a big part of our program and has done outstanding work with all our parents. She has been an absolute pleasure to get to know and I know she will miss watching Pete in a Badger uniform. "I wish nothing but the best for Pete in his family moving forward. He has the opportunity to join a long line of Badger offensive linemen who have gone on to have success in the NFL and I expect nothing less from him." - Wisconsin football

01/06/2012 - University of Wisconsin junior center Peter Konz will not return next season and is entering the NFL draft, according to a source. The source said Konz "was rated very high" by the NFL's College Advisory Committee. Konz, an All-American from Neenah, started 11 games for the Badgers. He missed three after suffering a dislocated left ankle against Minnesota, but returned for the Rose Bowl and played well in the Badgers' 45-38 loss to Oregon. He was emotional after the game in addressing his future, much like defensive end J.J. Watt was a year earlier, following the Rose Bowl loss to TCU. Watt also bypassed his senior year for the draft. "I've got a lot of factors that play into it, as far as my family, as far as how much I need to keep developing as a player, and how many centers have gone in the last few drafts," he said after the game. "There's a lot of factors, not just this game." Despite the loss, Konz leaves feeling he did everything he could in his final game with the Badgers. "There was no stopping, no quit out of anybody," Konz said. "There was not a moment we wavered. We left it all on the field, and to do that, there's very little to be sad about." - Tom Mulhern, Madison.com

01/06/2012 - Neenah High School grad Peter Konz, who recently completed his junior season as an award-winning center, has decided to skip his senior season at the University of Wisconsin and enter the 2012 National Football League draft, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel website. The newspaper is reporting that UW officials have not made a formal announcement, but junior center Peter Konz has decided to skip his senior season and enter the 2012 NFL draft. UW coach Bret Bielema was on the road recruiting, but a UW source today confirmed Konz's decision, according to the Journal-Sentinel. Konz, an all-American linemen, is expected t be a high draft pick. - The Appleton Post Crescent

12/21/2011 - University of Wisconsin center Peter Konz has taken a step that could lead to playing in the NFL in 2012. Last week, Konz - a Neenah High School graduate - sent in his paperwork to the NFL to determine his projected draft round in next April's draft of collegiate players. The process will allow Konz, a redshirt junior, to make an informed decision to play professional football next year or return to the Badgers. Badgers' junior running back Montee Ball, a Heisman Trophy finalist, also sent paperwork to the NFL to gauge his draft status. In a related football development last week, Ball and right guard Kevin Zeitler made the Associated Press all-America first team. Konz was selected to the second team. Konz, who sustained a dislocated ankle in the Minnesota game earlier this season, is gearing up to return to action when Wisconsin plays Oregon in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2. He has been getting rave reviews for his performance this season and is expected to be a high pick in the NFL draft it he leaves Wisconsin early. - The Wisconsin State Journal

12/08/2011 - 2011 RIMINGTON TROPHY AWARD FINALIST (BEST CENTER): Peter Konz, Wisconsin, Jr...The 2011 AFCA Coaches' All-American, Konz started the first 10 games of the season for UW before suffering an ankle injury in UW's win over Minnesota on Nov. 12. Konz leads an offensive line that block for RB Monte Ball who leads the nation with 32 rushing touchdowns and 1,759 rushing yards on the season, while his average of 135.3 yards per game ranks No. 4 nationally. - Wisconsin football

12/07/2011 - 2011 AFCA FBS COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM: C Peter Konz, Jr., Wisconsin, has been selected to the 2011 AFCA FBS Coaches' All-America Team announced by the American Football Coaches Association. - Wisconsin football

11/13/2011 - Wisconsin center Peter Konz injured his ankle against Minnesota. Konz was hurt on a running play in the fourth quarter and was taken off the field on a cart. Coach Bret Bielema said after the 42-13 victory by the Badgers on Saturday that he wasn't sure how serious the injury was. Konz's friend and linemate Kevin Zeitler said "it looked pretty bad." Konz is on the national watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the top center in the FBS level. The junior is considered a top NFL prospect and is the anchor of a powerful offensive line that has led Wisconsin to an average of more than 46 points per game this season. - AP Sports

07/16/2011 - RIMINGTON TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Peter Konz, Wisconsin, has been named one of 43 players selected to the 2011 Preseason Rimington Trophy Watch List, given annually to the the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. Konz was a consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten selection last season. He started 11 of 13 games a year ago, missing the Indiana and Michigan games due to injury. Behind Konz and the rest of the offensive line, the Badgers led the Big Ten and averaged a school-record 41.5 points per game (fifth in the country), including 45.2 points per game in Big Ten play, second-best in conference history. - Wisconsin football

07/13/2011 - 2011 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin, (Honorable Men. All-Big 10, started 11 games), has been selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense of defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no father than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. This is the 42nd year that the Rotary Lombardi Award has named the nation's college lineman of the year. - The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee

05/25/2011 - 2011 RIMINGTON TROPHY SPRING WATCH LIST: Peter Konz, Wisconsin, has been named one of 42 players selected to the 2011 Pre-Season Rimington Trophy Watch List, given annually to the the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. - The Rimington Trophy Committee

 
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04/30/2012 - The right guard position was problematic as Garrett Reynolds opened the season as the starter after beating out Mike Johnson. When Reynolds struggled, Hawley took over at right guard. In the offseason, the Falcons signed guard Vincent Manuwai in free agency. Konz, 6-5 and 314 pounds, was projected to go late in the first round by most draft analysts. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper had him rated as the top center in the draft. "He has no peers in this draft," Kiper said. Konz, who lifted 225 pounds just 18 times at the NFL Scouting Combine, needs to improve his upper-body strength. He should be able to lift that weight 25 times. He said he lifted 225 pounds 23 times at his Pro Day. He is considered quick and agile for his size. He could pull on sweeps and hit moving targets, which was considered a weakness of the line by former offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey. The line's lack of mobility was cited when Mularkey was pressed about why he didn't call more screen passes last season. - The Sports Xchange

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