Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: G Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin
Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin
6-3, 322 pounds
Hometown: Waukesha, Wis.
- 40-yard dash: 5.31
- Vertical Jump: 29”
- Broad Jump: 101”
- 20-yard shuttle: 4.61
- 3-cone drill: 7.77
- Bench pressed 225 pounds 32 times
News and Notes:
Established a Big Ten record with 33 touchdown-resulting blocks in 2011. … Also totaled 142 key blocks/knockdown blocks. … Became the third college player since 1985 to produce two blocking consistency grades of 100 percent in the same season (2011). … Led all offensive linemen with a 97.23 percent grade for blocking consistency. … The top-rated guard prospect in the draft. … Occasionally practiced at center. … Penalized just three times in college career. … All-American and All-Big Ten Conference selection in 2011. … No major injury history. … Kinesiology major and lives in Waukesha, Wis.
What they’re saying about him:
National Football Post: “A good looking guard prospect with a thick trunk and natural girth through his base. Sits into his stance well, displays natural bend, can keep his base under him off the football and create an initial snap into contact. Isn’t overly powerful as an in-line guy, but creates good initial movement, works his legs hard through the play and extends his arms well into defenders.”
CBSSports.com: “Pass blocking: Anchors against larger defenders in the middle, resets hands to maintain distance. Athletic enough to help on nose tackle then pick up twist or late blitzer. Mirrors quick interior rushers. Looks to help the center, or even the tackle a few yards upfield, if he is uncovered.”
NFL.com: “Weaknesses: Zeitler is a big man with heavy legs who at times labors to get moving when he needs to get out of his set and pull. His body control can be inconsistent at times, as he occasionally will whiff on linebackers. He is slower than desirable and is better off working in close proximity to his man to control the block.”
- I like O-lineman that play as if they’re D-lineman. Zeitler fits that bill. He’s the aggressor on most plays
- I wouldn’t want to get in his way on trap plays. He looks just fine pulling in this video.
- Side note: How good is the entire Wisconsin offensive line?!
- Seems to really understand the importance of technique and positioning. Always has his head on the correct side to make the block and seal the defender.
- I suppose I could’ve found a video with some pass blocking examples, but watching Zeitler run block is too much fun.
- Zietler is an early-round talent. No doubt about that. Does he go in the first round? It wouldn’t surprise me. There’s been some scuttle about the Packers taking him late in the first round and making him a center. I don’t see that happening unless Ted Thompson’s D-linemen and linebacker options are off the board.
Adam Czech is a a freelance sports reporter living in the Twin Cities and a proud supporter of American corn farmers. When not working, Adam is usually writing about, thinking about or worrying about the Packers. Follow Adam on Twitter. Twitter .