Dec 28, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Peter Konz at press conference for the 2012 Rose Bowl at the Marriott Los Angeles Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Wednesday War Room: Peter Konz

In this week’s War Room, we look at what may be the only other possible position for the Texans to address in the first round: center. If they don’t select a WR or NT 26th overall, they may opt for Wisconsin C Peter Konz.

I expect the Texans to re-sign Pro Bowl center Chris Myers. If they don’t, the team is very likely to go a different route. However, Myers is likely to court a lot of suitors and a lot of money in the offseason as a free agent, so it is a definite possibility. Let’s look at Konz.

It’s not every year that you see a center that’s a first-rounder, but Konz looks like he’s almost certain to be selected in the top 32. The three-year starting Wisconsin lineman is coming off a season in which he earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors and was a Rimington finalist. He was also an All-Academic Big Ten player, evident in his ability to read the field. Konz is very mobile and aggressive, excellent at blocking in space and getting to the second level, which is something the Houston scheme demands. Konz also has great size and strength. Reliable in both run blocking and pass protection, he has the talent to play guard if need be.

Konz has some durability concerns. He’s had some problems with his ankle among others. While he generally exhibits great command of his balance, he can get too high on occasion. But if the Texans were to select Konz, he likely would anchor the line for the next decade. Rarely does a center of this caliber enter the draft, and Houston would be very fortunate to select him 26th.

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