Peter Konz to Falcons: Pick Analysis, Grade and Scouting Report

Soven Bery@@realsovenberySenior Analyst IApril 27, 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 Atlanta Falcons selected center Peter Konz from Wisconson with the 55th pick in the 2012 NFL draft on Friday night. 

The ankle that sidelined Konz for the last three games of his college career seems to be healing well, but there are still durability concerns with him after the Badger missed time in each of his past three seasons with several injuries. 

With that said, Konz is aggressive and tough. When pass-blocking, he shows extreme balance and shoots his hands into defenders to hold blocks for extended periods of time. 

Konz is athletic and has a bright future in the league if he can stay healthy. 

If he does, the Falcons get a great player and a great leader. 

He is very powerful and great as a run blocker. He will help protect Matt Ryan from the likes of the Saints' and Panthers' respective pass-rushes. 

Konz can anchor an offensive line as he is football smart, a reliable snapper and is incredibly aware of defensive presence. The Badger is experienced and will be an instant impact player for Atlanta. He plays well against the bull-rush and pulls very well.

He can be ferocious on the move, and the Birds will be thankful for the rookie’s ability on sweep plays. Montee Ball and other great Wisconsin running backs can attribute some of their great success to the prowess of Peter Konz. Whether he was working straight ahead or on a pull, the exciting run plays often came directly behind Konz. 

This is a great pick for the Atlanta Falcons, and the Wisconsin product will help anchor this line for a while to come. 

Grade: B-