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Is Peter Konz a first-round pick?
Cbssports.com's Rob Rang has the Ravens selecting linebacker Dont'a Hightower while his counterpart, Dane Brugler, has them selecting center Peter Konz.
Hightower would be a nice fit with the Ravens, Clark Judge, Will Brinson and The Baltimore Sun's Matt Venzel also back Rob Rang's prediction . He was primarily a middle linebacker in college but he could compete with Paul Kruger for the outside linebacker spot. Eventually he could replace Ray Lewis, if that is possible. It remains to be seen if Hightower will be available at the 29th slot. His stock has risen after some very solid workouts. If he is around when it is Baltimore's turn, Ozzie Newsome would love to bring in another player from the 'Tide.
Dane Brugler certainly is not alone when he links Peter Konz to Baltimore. Cbssports.com's Pete Prisco, Chad Reuter from NFL.com, si.com's Don Banks, and ESPN and NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper all believe that Konz will be wearing purple and black next season. From a need perspective Konz makes a lot of sense. It is believed by many that Konz could start at left guard before eventually taking over for veteran center Matt Birk.
But is Konz a good value in the first round? Todd McShay seems to disagree with his coworker Mel Kiper when concerning Peter Konz. He has the Ravens drafting safety Harrison Smith, with Konz not being drafted until the second round. It would seem unlikely that the Ravens would draft a safety so high with Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard starting at safety. If Newsome believes Smith is the best player available, he has shown in the past that the best player available is the best player for the Ravens to draft.
McShay also provides other scenarios:
"Scenario 1: The Ravens would likely prefer to trade up or back to get better value. In this class moving back five or six spots and adding an extra pick is the better option because the board is thin at their need positions at this point and the Ravens have not historically been a team that reaches for players.
Scenario 2: Smith has the skill to contribute right away, and he would provide a backup plan in the event Ed Reed's durability issues surface again.
Scenario 3: Guard is a need area, and Wisconsin's Kevin Zeitler fits the Ravens' tough attitude. Northwestern State's Amini Silatolu is a more talented player, but there are questions about his ability to absorb an NFL system and play immediately.
Scenario 4: Add help at linebacker. There is no inside linebacker worth this pick, but McClellin is the kind of versatile front-seven defender Baltimore can't get enough of.
Scenario 5: Left tackle is also a need, and Adams has the tools to come off the board in this range, but he might not have the grind-it-out-mentality the Ravens look for."
According to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec, the Ravens have had plenty of draft prospects in for a visit. Players have included Peter Konz, Ron Brooks, Gino Gradkowski, Stephen Hill, Buddy Jackson, A.J. Jenkins, Cam Johnson, Dre Kirkpatrick, Isaiah Pead, Josh Robinson, Nelson Rosario, and Phillip Thomas.