Thursday, April 5, 2012

Konz ready for the NFL


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."
First, Konz had to put to bed the number 18, which haunted him since the combine.
"There are tight ends and probably a running back or two that beat me," he said of his bench press reps. "It just burns through your pride."
He worked with UW assistant strength coach Brian Bott and the results showed as Konz improved to 23 repetitions.
"Brian Bott really helped me," Konz said. "He did a phenomenal job. That's a big leap from, what was it, a month ago until now?"
Former Michigan center David Molk led the way for offensive linemen in the bench press at the combine with 41 reps. Konz is tall for a center at 6-foot-5 and that does not help in the bench press. By comparison, Molk is 6-1.
But Konz made no excuses for a performance some draft analysts thought could have been a red flag that keeps him out of the first round.
It would be nice if the Packers drafted him.  GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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