Peter Konz or Kevin Zeitler. Which Wisconsin offensive lineman would be the first one selected in this year’s draft? It was the question on a lot of people’s minds. We got the answer yesterday during the latter stages of a truly wacky first round of the NFL Draft. The Cincinnati Bengals, after trading down a few spots with the Patriots, snapped up former Badger guard Zeitler.
The congratulations quickly came tweeting in from Zeitler’s teammates. Marcus Cromartie: “Kevin Zeitler!!!! Yes Sir !
#ONWISCONSIN” Aaron Henry: “Yes Sir @kzeit70 the the bengals !!!!!! #OnWisconsin !!!!!!!!!” Zeitler himself tweeted: “Very excited to get started in Cincy, thanks to all the people who helped me get here and for all the support. Go Bengals”
Zeitler is of course not the first Wisconsin interior lineman to find himself being drafted by the Bengals. Once upon a time a nose tackle named Tim Krumrie went to Cincinnati and became a Pro Bowler before seeing his career cut short when he broke his leg during the Super Bowl.
So once again the Badgers saw one of their big uglies go in the first round. A second big ugly, Peter Konz, should come off the board quickly in the next round. Nick Toon and Russell Wilson likely will have to wait until the fourth to hear their names called.