Kevin Zeitler 2012 NFL Draft prospect notes

ANN ARBOR MI - NOVEMBER 20: Montee Ball #28 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates a second quarter touchdown with teammate Kevin Zeitler #70 while playing the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 20 2010 in Ann Arbor Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Kevin Zeitler
6'4, 315 pounds | Offensive Guard | Wisconsin

First word:
Wisconsin continues to produce top level offensive line prospects.  This year Kevin Zeitler and Ricky Wagner will be making a push up the draft board.  They are hoping to follow the foot steps of former teammates Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt.

Kevin Zeitler is a good looking guard prospect and looks better than former teammate John Moffitt (2011 3rd round pick).  Zeitler is an above average pass protector and run blocker.  He does a good job keeping his pad level low and maintaing leverage throughout the play.  His best attribute is his ability to lock on and control the defender.  Zeitler's velcro ability makes it tough for defenders to disengage and pursue the football.  He does a good job of creating a push in the running game.  Zeitler also shows the foot speed necessary to mirror pass rushers.

The concerns surrounding Zeitler are minimual but some do exist.  He needs to work very hard at maintaining leverage and inside hand position.  Zeitler doesn't appear strong enough to make up for mistakes with his technique.  At times, Zeitler will get his arms fully extended which impacts his balance and velcro ability.

Overall, Zeitler is a player that you can win with as a starter on your team.  He is able to both protect the passer and open running lanes.  Zeitler may not be as exciting as other prospects but he is solid and should be selected no later than the 3rd round.

Bold statement: Zeitler will be drafted no later than the 3rd round

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Kevin Zeitler
6'4, 315 pounds | Offensive Guard | Wisconsin

Notes:

  • Zeitler has good size and weight distribution w/ a solid base
  • He plays with low pad level helping him in both the running and passing game
  • His snap awareness is inconsistent as Zeitler isn't always the first off the ball
  • However, he does have a quick first step which helps overcome the lack of awareness
  • Zeitler does a great job of getting his hands up and inside the defender quickly
  • His heavy hands make it very difficult for defenders to disengage
  • Once he is engaged, Zeitler does an excellent job of driving his feet and the defender off the ball
  • He works extremely hard to get inside hand position
  • Zeitler has good quickness and is effective in space
  • In the passing game, Zeitler has a natural bend is able to anchor after the initial contact
  • He possesses quick feet which allows him to mirror the rusher
  • At times, Zeitler's arms get to extended impacting his balance
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