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#70
Kevin Zeitler
Team: Wisconsin BadgersHeight: 6-4 Born:
Position: OLWeight: 315 Hometown: Waukesha, WI
Class-Eligibility: Sr-Jr


Scouting Report
A polished blocker that played for a school with a reputation of sending linemen to the pros, Zeitler seems likely to be playing in the NFL in 2012. As a senior in 2011, Zeitler started at right guard in all 14 games for Wisconsin and was a first-team all-Big Ten selection as he helped lead the way for Heisman Trophy finalist Montee Ball, who rushed for 1,923 yards and 33 touchdowns. Zeitler is a proficient run blocker using both quick hands and excellent lower-body strength to drive a defensive lineman off the line of scrimmage. He also displayed great balance, which helped in pass-blocking situations as he rarely got knocked over. Zeitler finished with 32 reps in the bench press at the NFL combine, tied for second-best among offensive linemen. While Zeitler is excellent in close quarters, he sometimes struggles to block linebackers when he is uncovered or on running plays designed to go to the opposite side. Despite lacking some quickness to get to the next level, Zeitler can dominate the line of scrimmage and excelled in a system that breeds offensive linemen. Wisconsin had three offensive lineman selected in the 2011 draft and Zeitler will likely be chosen in either the second or third round this April.