With the twenty-ninth pick of the 2012 CSC Community Mock Draft, the Baltimore Ravens (chosen by Fan since the Aints) select...
Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
The three biggest draft needs for the Ravens are WR, LB, and OL. Any WR pick at this point would be a reach considering who is left. Don'ta Hightower is available in this draft to fill a LB spot and is a good player but OL is a higher need for the Ravens since Da Saints poached Grubbs leaving the Ravens without their best guard. Joe Flacco is a decent quarterback because he has had an awesome line protecting him so any holes must be plugged. Konz is a natural center but is skilled enough to play guard. Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun said that Konz is "a safe pick for the Ravens. He is versatile enough to play guard for a year if necessary while learning his NFL trade from veteran Matt Birk."
Konz has an almost 80" wingspan and is 2" taller than the average NFL center. He is also very smart. Last fall, Konz loaded up and took 18 credits (during the football season) so that he could graduate as a junior. He is leaving Wisconsin early but he will leave with a diploma. Film of Konz shows he is very alert and regularly anticipates defensive moves in time to prevent any advantage. He moves well on his feet and uses his body to seal holes and block lanes. He spent three years as a starter in a pro-style offense and should have little trouble adapting to the NFL. The Ravens rely on the run to move the chains and Konz enables the Ravens to continue that tradition and not rely solely on Flacco's arm.
The knock on Konz is injuries. In 2009 he had a blood clot. He has had ankle issues and was medically excluded from the combine for an ankle injury. But Konz played with a dislocated ankle in the Rose Bowl. He is a tough guy. He is scheduled to work out before the draft and this pick is made assuming his ankle has healed. The Ravens regularly move lineman around before finding the right position for them so it makes sense for them to try Konz out at guard before moving him to center in a couple years. Konz has enough size and power to be a force in the NFL. The Ravens have a need on the offensive line and Konz will fill it well.
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|Pick||Team||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
|1||Indianapolis Colts||QB Andrew Luck - Stanford||Legatron Morstead||77%|
|2||Washington Redskins||QB Robert Griffin III - Baylor||VAsaintsfan||78%|
|3||Minnesota Vikings||OT Matt Kalil - USC||Hans Petersen||69%|
|4||Cleveland Browns||RB Trent Richardson - Alabama||Fan since the Aints||81%|
|5||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||CB Morris Claiborne - LSU||Alex Swift||50%|
|6||St. Louis Rams||WR Justin Blackmon - Oklahoma St.||GRIZZ||73%|
|7||Jacksonville Jaguars||WR Michael Floyd - Notre Dame||AcquiredPanic||51%|
|8||Miami Dolphins||WR Kendall Wright - Baylor||were gonna need a bigger boat||16%|
|9||Carolina Panthers||DT Michael Brockers - LSU||DatFan||43%|
|10||Buffalo Bills||OT Riley Reiff - Iowa||theprogrammerman||51%|
|11||Kansas City Chiefs||G David DeCastro - Stanford||Jimbo03||69%|
|12||Seattle Seahawks||DE Melvin Ingram - South Carolina||BASAINT||57%|
|13||Arizona Cardinals||DT Dontari Poe - Memphis||jeremysherwin||44%|
|14||Dallas Cowboys||S Mark Barron - Alabama||Saint for Life||59%|
|15||Philadelphia Eagles||DE Quinton Coples - North Carolina||caominh||26%|
|16||NY Jets||LB Courtney Upshaw - Alabama||GRIZZ||65%|
|17||Cincinnati Bengals||WR Stephen Hill - Georgia Tech||coldpizza||54%|
|18||San Diego Chargers||DE/OLB Nick Perry - USC||Alex Swift||44%|
|19||Chicago Bears||TE Coby Fleener - Stanford||Jay Cutler||44%|
|20||Tennessee Titans||LB Luke Kuelchy - Boston College||shipgoalie05||37%|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||CB Stephon Gilmore - South Carolina||coldpizza||54%|
|22||Cleveland Browns||OT Jonathan Martin - Stanford||Fan since the Aints||63%|
|23||Detroit Lions||CB Dre Kirkpatrick - Alabama||AcquiredPanic||80%|
|24||Pittsburgh Steelers||S Harrison Smith - Notre Dame||WVPiratesfan|
|25||Denver Broncos||DT Jerel Worthy - Michigan St.||Saint for life|
|26||Houston Texans||DT Fletcher Cox - Mississippi St.||Jimbo03|
|27||New England Patriots||DE Chandler Jones - Syracuse||jeff.l.b|
|28||Green Bay Packers||LB Whitney Mercilus - Illinois||caomhin|
|29||Baltimore Ravens||C Peter Konz - Wisconsin||Fan since the Aints|