2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin

by Cory J. Bonini on March 28, 2012 @ 16:53:09 PDT

 


Wisconsin offensive guard Kevin Zeitler is a strong run blocker and an above-average pass protector. Teams looking for an all-around talented interior lineman in the 2012 NFL Draft will have the senior prospect high on their respective boards. 

Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin
Well-rounded interior force

Strengths

  • Great size (6-foot-3 7/8, 314 pounds) and strength (32 reps on bench press)
  • Quick hands and utilizes proper hand placement
  • Understands leverage
  • Rarely overextends - plays with balance
  • Plays with a mean streak - tough, durable
  • Impressive leg drive and flexibility
  • Does a good job getting to the second level
  • Athletic when he is asked to pull
  • Mirrors interior pass rushers well
  • Mauler as a run blocker

Weaknesses

  • Sometimes slow off the ball
  • Could use a little more hustle in his game
  • Needs to play to the whistle more consistently
  • Tends to struggle with his awareness in the second level

Expected draft placement

Zeitler is probably ready to start as a rookie and should provide a great value in the second round. Teams that may consider him include the Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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