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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Is Peter Konz A Good First-Round Option?

The Pittsburgh Steelers need a lot of help on their interior line, but they have a center locked up for the long term in Maurkice Pouncey, which is why I was surprised to see Behind The Steel Curtain profile Wisconsin center Peter Konz. But as part of their analysis they make sure to say that Konz could easily move over to guard and play alongside Pouncey.

Konz is an elite center prospect whose skill set should transition well and make him an elite guard in the NFL. The Steelers prize versatility among their linemen, and Konz is not only a guy who can come in and play guard right away, but with the recent rash of injuries to C Maurkice Pouncey, he provides depth at two other positions while potentially starting at one of the guard spots.

SB Nation's NFL Draft site Mocking The Draft has Konz as a top-20 prospect in the upcoming draft, but centers rarely tend to go that high; and guards aren't much more valuable either. But the Steelers are picking late enough in the draft and have the need to make a Konz pick very viable.

For more on the NFL Scouting Combine and the NFL Draft, check out Mocking The Draft. For more on the Steelers, there's Behind The Steel Curtain.

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