Atlanta Falcons: Reviewing The Falcons’ 2012 Draft Class

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Sep 22, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons guard Peter Konz (66) looks on during the second half against he Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Peter Konz

Out of the six selections, Peter Konz and Lamar Holmes are the only two who remain on the roster, which immediately puts a negative slide on this draft.

Konz was regarded as one of the top centers heading into the draft, and the hope was that he would eventually become an anchor on the offensive line.

He struggled to break into the starting lineup during his rookie campaign, but was given a shot at right guard after Garrett Reynolds was hurt. He actually did a decent job filling in, which was promising as he had made a transition to guard from center. 

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After starting 10 games at right guard in 2012, Konz got his shot at center in 2013, but his performances fell flat after an encouraging preseason. The offensive line struggled in a big way, and allowed 44 sacks on Matt Ryan, while also contributing to a ground game that ranked 32nd.

The Falcons slumped to a 4-12 record in 2013 after coming so close to the Super Bowl the season prior.

In 2014, an injury-plagued offensive line hurt the team again. Konz started three of the seven games he featured in before a knee injury ended his season.

To this point, it’s been a disappointment for Konz. He will need to return to full health and post a strong season in Dan Quinn’s first year to have any chance of securing a starting role long term.

Next: Lamar Holmes and beyond