2012 NFL Draft: Would Peter Konz Complete Dallas Cowboys O-Line Renovation?

Tom FirmeAnalyst IIMarch 21, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 10:  Offensive lineman Peter Konz #66 of the Wisconsin Badgers blocks against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys have made significant moves to revamp the offensive line this offseason.

The Cowboys have made a couple of strong guard signings and flipped their starting tackles. Releasing Kyle Kosier and letting Derrick Dockery leave as a free agent furthers their retooling process.

The next step may be drafting Peter Konz to address the issue at center.

So far this offseason, the Cowboys have done everything right for the offensive line. Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings are nice signings to aid the guard spot. Bernadeau played 47 games, starting 20, in three years with the Carolina Panthers. Livings, 29, started every game in the last two years for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Flipping tackles Tyron Smith and Doug Free was a smart move by Jason Garrett.

By putting Smith at left tackle, the Cowboys put the best player on a haphazard line at the most important position. Smith had a strong rookie year and looks to only get better in the future.

The Cowboys have recognized how the offensive line failed to protect Tony Romo—the sixth most sacked quarterback in 2011. Also, Romo suffered a broken rib and punctured lung against the San Francisco 49ers and a bruised hand against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The only other thing that remains for the Cowboys is to address the hole at center.

Romo took snaps from a new starter for the first time since he took over as the Cowboys starter in 2006. Andre Gurode had been his man from 2006 to 2010. Phil Costa didn't do a good job taking over for Gurode, including botching six snaps in Week 3 against the Washington Redskins.

Costa started all 16 games, but didn't too well, showing a lack of chemistry with Romo and struggling to give good snaps in shotgun plays.

The Cowboys could address this problem by drafting Konz out of Wisconsin in the first round.

Konz, who is ranked No. 44 by CBSSports.com and No. 31 by ESPN.com, looks to be a late first-round or early second-round pick and is a big, physical guy at 6'5" and 314 pounds. He's powerful, has great initial quickness and makes a great push off the snap.

Konz positions himself well, seals off defenders in the running game and is steady in pass blocking. Also, Konz is good at making blocks downfield.

He'd be a great candidate to fix the issue at center.

The Cowboys could trade down from their No. 14 spot in the first round or trade up from their second round spot to get Konz.

Fixing the center position would complete the offseason renovation of the offensive line.

If nothing else, Kevin Kowalski, who played seven games last season for the Cowboys, could compete with Costa for the starting job. However, drafting Konz would be a more certifiable move than letting Kowalski and Costa battle for it.