Offensive lineman Peter Konz #66 of the Wisconsin Badgers blocks against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
While the Bears have said often they are happy with the offensive line they have, the availability of strong linemen in the first round of the draft may be too good for Chicago to pass up. One of those linemen is Peter Konz, a center from Wisconsin who could give the Bears flexibility on the O-line.
At 6-foot-5, he could give the Bears line the size is lacks, plus an athleticism that is helpful in run blocking. He has been lauded for his ability to play smartly and pick up defensive stunts. Scouts also like the way he can work with guards to create walls to hold off defenders. He played collegiately with Bears tackle Gabe Carimi, and the two of them could offer the Bears an invigorated line.
Konz is a junior who struggled with his decision to leave early, and when he did, found it important to share with the Badger faithful the why behind his decision.
Because of the support I have received, the degree I am so proud to leave with, the football legacy I helped leave behind, and more reasons than I could even remember, I would simply like to say thank you. Every last person has made my experience at Wisconsin far beyond what I could have imagined and without you I could never be where I am today. And if you're waiting for that occasional cliché that athletes love to throw in, here it is.... but only because it remains true to who I am. I will always be Badger!
Though Roberto Garza did a good job filling in for Olin Kreutz at center last year, he is a converted guard who would have no problem switching back to help the team.
The Bears have 33-year-old converted guard Roberto Garza starting ahead of 30-year-old journeyman Chris Spencer at center. It may be time for them to start looking forward at the position. As an added bonus, Mike Tice can then shuffle Garza and Spencer all over the offensive line during training camp. It's how he gets his jollies.
Most importantly, he's from Neenah, Wisc. What better way to convert a town full of cheeseheads into Bears fans than draft one of their own?