OWINGS MILLS — University of Wisconsin center Peter Konz finally got his chance to work out for NFL teams after being sidelined at the NFL scouting combine due to a dislocated ankle suffered last seaon.
Nineteen NFL teams, including offensive line coaches from the Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, Cincinnati Bengals and the Detroit Lions, attended the workout.
From all accounts, it was an impressive showing for the projected first-round draft pick.
Konz bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times, five more than he did at the NFL scouting combine.
The 6-foot-5, 313-pounder also did offensive line drills for an hour and he displayed fluid mobility and natural athleticism.
Konz has a visit with the Ravens, who sent offensive line coach Andy Moeller and scout Milt Hendrickson to the workout in Madison, as well as private workouts or visits with the Bengals, Dallas Cowboys and the Tennessee Titans.
Konz draws high marks for his aggressiveness, mobility, intelligence, technique and blocking skills.
A three-year starter, Konz was an All-Big Ten Conference selection who has drawn comparisons to Ravens six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk.
If he winds up with the Ravens, Konz could also line up at left guard as a rookie while learning from Birk.
“He’s got the size," Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta said. "He’s 6-5, 315 pounds. That’s to me a big indicator if a guy can do it. That’s one of those things where sometimes, there is a wait-and-see. We’ve considered all those different things. It’s a matter of working a guy out sometimes, putting him through the paces at the position.
"I think he’s played a little bit of guard in his past. I don’t know that it’s a really hard transition, center and guard. Other than the fact that you have to snap the ball, some of the same skill sets are there. I don’t think it’s a huge transition.”
Konz is regarded highly for his character and versatility, capable of lining up at all three interior spots.
He was also named academic All-Big Ten Conference.
Offensive guard Kevin Zeitler and offensive lineman Josh Oglesby also attended the workout, but Konz’s movement was superior to them.
Konz didn’t run the 40-yard dash.
He’s scheduled to for a medical re-check in Indianapolis on April 13 and April 14.
All signs point toward a sound recovery from an injury that forced him to miss the final three games of his senior year.