Peter Konz

Draft Grades: Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons had very little to work with as a result of their trade for Julio Jones in last year’s draft. As a result, I’ll evaluate this class based solely on the picks with which they had to work. That said, the Falcons did absolutely nothing to help them in 2012 and added very little by the way of developmental prospects.

Peter Konz was the best center in this year’s class by a wide margin, and he will eventually start for the Falcons. However, I was surprised that they failed to add an instant impact player. The Falcons made last year’s draft all about the present, so what changed about their draft philosophy in one year?

Lamar Holmes was a reach in the 3rd round. He’s a developmental prospect at right tackle and may eventually be shifted inside to guard. He may eventually compete for a starting job, but he likely won’t see the field much in 2012.

Bradie Ewing was the top fullback on my board and I gave him a 5th-round grade. But how does he fit in Atlanta? Ovie Mughelli is the starter and no one keeps two fullbacks these days. He may end up getting cut in training camp.

Jonathan Massaquoi was overrated by the media, likely due to the perception that Troy churns out sleeper prospects. He’s limited athletically, but does have some value in the 5th round. He’ll compete for a backup job at defensive end, but it’s a crowded position on the Falcons depth chart.

Charles Mitchell will compete for the backup strong safety job and should contribute on special teams. He has a good chance to survive the final roster cuts due the lack of depth at safety in Atlanta.

Travian Robertson is a physical lineman who could prove to be a steal if he can stay on the field. He’s suffered a long list of injuries, including two torn ACLs, which may limit his ability to every play a meaningful role in the NFL.

Even taking into account the Falcons limited picks, this was a disappointing draft class. None of their picks will play a significant role in 2012 unless forced into action due to injuries. And in terms of long-term value, only Peter Konz projects as a future starter.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Draft Grades - 2012, Falcons Leave a comment

Peter Konz scouting report

Peter Konz C Wisconsin #66
Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 315

 
Strengths:
Impressive size and strength. A nasty run blocker; gets great leverage, especially considering his height. Strong lower body allows him to hold his ground against bull rushers. Strong motor and plays with a nasty demeanor; consistently finishes off his blocks. Great awareness; keeps his head on a swivel and quick to identify blitzes. Great fundamentals in pass protection, stays low, has quick feet and excellent footwork. Impressive mobility for an interior lineman. Some experience at guard and tackle early in career. Three-year starter with plenty of experience against top competition.
Weaknesses:
Some injury concerns. Missed time in each of past three seasons with ankle injuries. Height may concern some teams, especially those with shorter quarterbacks.
Comments:
Konz is as well-rounded and polished as any center to enter the draft since Nick Mangold in 2006. Has the ability to play any position on the line if necessary, and some teams may consider him at right tackle. As long as his health checks out at the combine he’ll be a 1st-round pick, but his recurring ankle injuries are a fairly serious concern.
Videos:
2011 vs Ohio State
2011 vs Nebraska 
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 Leave a comment