2012 NFL Draft Prospect Profiles: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

Wisconsin center Peter Konz. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Any New York Giants fan who has paid attention to how general manager Jerry Reese does things knows he does not give up quickly on the players he drafts or the free agents he brings to East Rutherford.

That said, we know that center David Baas -- Reese's primary free-agent acquisition prior to the 2011 season -- struggled in his first season with the Giants. He had a neck injury, a mysterious head injury, took a while to smooth out the communication along the offensive line and ended the season with a poor - 8.9 grade from Pro Football Focus, 29th among NFL centers.

So, would the Giants look for a replacement for Baas this offseason? In all honesty, the answer is probably no. Still, its draft season so any possibility is on the table.

Today, then, we will use or 2012 NFL Draft Prospect Profile on Wisconsin center Peter Konz, the most highly-regarded center in this years draft class. It just so happens that Draft Countdown ranks Konz No. 32 on its Big Board, right where the Giants happen to draft.

Wes Bunting of the National Football Post ranks Konz No. 18 on his Big Board. Bunting sees Konz as a player who can step in and start for a team immediately. Here is part of Bunting's report:

For a taller center showcases impressive flexibility, as he typically gains leverage on contact and uses his length to gain proper hand placement. Has some limitations because of his height and will allow defenders to get under him at times.

However, for the most part is able to quickly re-set his hands, sink his hips and keep the inside of the pocket clean in pass protection.

Showcases an good snap through the hips in the run game, is routinely able to create a push inside and drive opposing nose tackles away from the play and/or seal. Looks like a "plus" run blocker in the NFL in more of an angle scheme.

In its analysis of Konz, CBS Sports raises the intriguing notion -- for the Giants -- that Konz has a skill set that might translate to the guard position.

"Konz has an excellent combination of size, strength and quickness and possesses the skill-set to also line up at guard if needed (despite only playing center in college). He blocks with very good balance and raw power and is the top center in this draft class, projecting as a solid top-30 pick."

Peter Konz Profile

Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 315
40 Time: 5.15 (Pre-Combine)

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