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SB Nation Draft Profile: Wisconsin Center Peter Konz

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Feb 24, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Peter Konz speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 24, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Peter Konz speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The Cincinnati Bengals have expressed enough interest in Wisconsin center Peter Konz that one could envision a scenario with the team selecting him in the second round, provided he falls beyond late first-round projections and especially if the Bengals avoid the offensive line with their two first-round picks.

Along with a visit in early April, Bengals coaches attended Konz's personal workout in Madison, Wisconsin. Disregarded, perhaps, from a fan's perspective. Cincinnati tends to host and visit workouts with most high-profile players at positions they deem a need. Grouping center as an interior lineman, which includes offensive guards, interest in Konz with a workout and visit is typical with most first-round projections.

But then there's the report in early April from Tony Pauline with Sports Illustrated and DraftInsider.net that Cincinnati was considering Konz with their second first-round pick. Though disagreeing with the reasoning (essentially converting him into a guard), it's not a foreign concept with the Bengals. Then again, neither is misinformation during the draft season.

If you read into the tea leaves of history, the Bengals have only selected two offensive linemen in the second round; Eric Steinbach and Andrew Whitworth. Not a bad track record.