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Ravens Draft Tracker: Peter Konz

Peter Konz, Center. Wisconsin, 6'5" 315 lbs.

After watching Matt Birk struggle against Vince Wilfork in the AFC Championship Game, the Ravens realize the need to get a more physical presence at the pivot. Konz has been the centerpiece of a Wisconsin running game that has routinely pummeled opponents, and his aggressiveness will help Ray Rice remain an effective runner between the tackles.

Ozzie Newsome has already come out and said that the team will have a new center next season. Will it be Andre Gurode? Possibly. That still should not stop Baltimore from looking at the position early in the draft.

Baltimore had been having issues with the offensive line for some time now. Konz is a guy that could hold down the center position for years to come. Here is some info. on Konz from

2011: Rimington Trophy finalist ... named first-team All-American by AFCA and Pro Football Weekly ... second-team All-American according to Yahoo! Sports and ... third-team All-American by Phil Steele ... first-team All-Big Ten by the media and honorable mention All-Big Ten by coaches ... Academic All-Big Ten
Consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten ... Academic All-Big Ten ... ESPN Academic All-District ... Preseason: Named third-team All-Big Ten by Athlon ... placed on watch list for Rimington Trophy
2009: First-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News ... Academic All-Big Ten

2011: Started at center in 10 of 13 games ... injured his ankle during Minnesota game and has not played since

Earned second letter ... started at center in 11 of 13 games, missing Indiana and Michigan games due to injury ... did not play in second half at Iowa on Oct. 23 due to injury ... along with rest of starting offensive line and Bill Nagy, named UW's co-offensive player of the week for the Minnesota game ... named UW offensive player of the week after starting at center at UNLV on Sept. 4

Earned first letter ... played in 10 games, starting nine ... did not play in final two games of season due to injury ... started nine straight games at center during the season ... had first-career start when he lined up at center against Wofford on Sept. 19 ... made Badger debut when he took over for injured Travis Frederick at center against Fresno State on Sept. 12

2008: Redshirt season ... named UW's offensive scout team player of the week of Fresno State