With Scott Wells gone and Jeff Saturday a 2-year stop-gap at best, one would expect that the Packers will be drafting a developmental offensive center in 2012, probably on day three of the draft. Of course, so much depends on who’s available and when, so expectations may or may not be realized.
If Ted does pull the trigger on a center, however, you’ll want to know where that player stands among his peers. I doubt that most of you are intimately knowledgeable about offensive centers (I surely know that I’m not).
So, in this post we’re providing you with the official 2012 center rankings from the scouting organization the NFL teams use to supplement their own scouting.
As an extra bit of knowledge, here’s their thoughts on Peter Konz:
…some teams consider Wisconsin’s Peter Konz to be the top center in this very limited class. While he is an impressive looking athlete, there are several red flags, including medical, that concern me. This is a player with less than adequate natural strength. Was he “hidden” behind the Badgers’ quality offensive guards like Kevin Zeitler and John Moffit (Seattle) in the trenches?
I can’t be pleased about a medical report that tells me this is a player with lots of issues, starting with blood clots in his lungs in 2009, a severely sprained ankle in 2010 and a left ankle dislocation in 2011 that sidelined him for far too many games. If anyone on my front wall needs to be out there on every offensive snap, it’s my center. Continuity with other blockers on the line, chemistry with the quarterback all make me wonder how that can be accomplished if I draft this kid and the injury bug continues.
Konz does a nice job of playing on his feet and maintaining balance. He shows good body control with impressive quickness to get through to the second level. Despite lacking ideal strength, he can get out of his stance and adjust on defenders working over his head. Even with his leg issues, he can bend his knees and play at a good pad level to prevent defenders from attacking his feet.
Konz gets a good leg base and generates adequate power behind his hand punch. His legs are not really thick, but he can still get enough explosion out of his stance and into the defender. He shows consistency playing over his feet and under control when sliding in pass protection. Even without top-end strength, he does a good job of getting out on the edge, where he can impact, run and seal off.
Konz will flash aggression with his hands into the defensive tackle and has the functional pop to sometimes put his opponents on their backs. The thing that really concerns me, at least for matching up vs. the bigger nose guards in the NFL is that he just lacks ideal strength. He does not exhibit sudden force with his hand punch and at times, those hands get outside his frame and he fails to strike into his defenders in the short area. His other problem arises when he starts to lose his stamina late in games, as he will revert to leaning and pushing rather than gaining position…
OFFENSIVE CENTER RANKINGS
|2||6.2||KONZ, Peter (J)||Wisconsin||6:050||314||5.16||OC|
|5-6||5.2||BREWSTER, Michael||Ohio State||6:041||312||5.22||OC|
|6||5.0||SAULSBERRY, Quentin||Mississippi State||6:023||304||5.28||OC|
|6-7||4.9||GERHART, Garth||Arizona State||6:012||305||5.38||OC|
|7||4.9||SLOWEY, Jason||Western Oregon||6:024||303||5.07||OC|
|7/FA||4.8||WEDIGE, Scott||Northern Illinois||6:040||300||5.14||OC|
|PFA||4.8||HOLLAND, Cam||North Carolina||6:017||318||5.11||OC|
|7/FA||4.8||GARNER, Grant||Oklahoma State||6:032||304||5.19||OC|
|FA||4.6||ANZEVINO, Chris||Kent State||6:016||298||5.46||OC|
|FA||4.6||BOJICIC, Ben||Bowling Green||6:036||300||5.28||OC|
|CMP||4.5||BROWN, Terence||Brigham Young||6:032||303||5.04||OC|
|CMP||4.5||SPINNEY, Mark||Boston College||6:037||295||5.30||OC|
|CMP||4.5||JOHNSON, Grant||Oregon State||6:035||295||5.29||OC|
|CMP||4.4||GARRITY, Mike||Eastern Illinois||6:052||301||5.39||OC|
|CMP||4.4||HUNTER, Kreg||Ball State||6:027||302||5.47||OC|
|CMP||4.4||BOEMER, Bryan||Southern Illinois||6:005||321||5.14||OC|
|CMP||4.3||PAGLIARO, James||William & Mary||6:023||293||5.24||OC|
|CMP||4.3||KEOWN, Justin||Texas Tech||6:037||292||5.29||OC|
|CMP||4.3||MILES, Logan||Robert Morris||6:023||295||5.34||OC|
|CMP||4.3||WALKER, Brenton||North Carolina A&T||6:000||282||5.29||OC|
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.