Kevin Zeitler

Kevin Zeitler

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Zeitler in 2015
No. 68Cincinnati Bengals
Position: Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-03-08) March 8, 1990
Place of birth: Waukesha, Wisconsin
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school: Milwaukee (WI) Wisconsin Lutheran
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Games played: 56
Games started: 55
Player stats at

Kevin Zeitler (/ˈztlər/ ZYT-lər; born March 8, 1990) is an American football guard for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and earned consensus All-American honors. He was selected by the Bengals in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and was considered one of the best guard prospects in 2012.[1]

Early years

Zeitler was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He attended Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and played for Wisconsin Lutheran Vikings high school football team. A three-year letterwinner in football, Zeitler was honored first-team all-conference, first-team all region and second-team all-area as a junior. In his senior year, he gathered first-team all-conference, conference lineman of the year, first-team all region and first-team all-area honors.

Regarded as a three-star recruit by, Zeitler was ranked the No. 39 offensive guard prospect in his class.[2] Coincidentally, the No. 1 offensive guard in this class was Trevor Robinson, who would later play alongside Zeitler for the Cincinnati Bengals. Having numerous offers, Zeitler narrowed his decision down to Wisconsin and Michigan,[3] before eventually picking the Badgers.[4]

College career

Zeitler attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and played for the Wisconsin Badgers football team from 2008 to 2011. He was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, having been named to the first teams of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Associated Press and Pro Football Weekly as a senior in 2011.[5] Zeitler joined teammates Montee Ball and Peter Konz as AFCA All-Americans.

Professional career

Even though "not a nifty or nimble lineman", Zeitler was described as "a solid prospect with the ability to be used in a power running offense."[6] Projected to be a second round selection, Zeitler was ranked No. 4 among guards available in the 2012 NFL Draft by Sports Illustrated.[7] Zeitler himself expected to be a second-rounder, having scheduled a draft-party for Day 2 of the Draft, before being surprised by the Bengals' late first-round selection.[8] Zeitler was the eighth UW offensive lineman taken in the first round of an NFL draft since 1976, after Dennis Lick, Ray Snell, Paul Gruber, Aaron Gibson, Chris McIntosh, Joe Thomas, and Gabe Carimi.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3 78 in 314 lb32 34 in10 14 in 5.39 s 4.61 s 7.77 s 29 in 8 ft 5 in 32 reps
All values from NFL Combine[9]

In his rookie season, Zeitler started all 16 games at right guard for the Bengals. He gave up only four sacks all season, and graded highest among Bengals linemen.[10]


  1. "Kevin Zeitler — Wisconsin, OG: 2012 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". NFL Draft Scout. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  2. "Yahoo Sports: Ranking - offensive guards 2008". Yahoo! Sports. January 17, 2008. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  3. Spath, Michael (June 22, 2007). "With new offer, Zeitler tweaks favorites". Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  4. Day, Paul (June 27, 2007). "Zeitler decides". Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  5. "AFCA Announces 2011 FBS Coaches' All-America Team". American Football Coaches Association. Archived from the original on December 7, 2011. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  6. "Kevin Zeitler — 2012 NFL Draft". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on May 12, 2012. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  7. "2012 NFL Draft — Positions — G". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on May 13, 2014. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  8. "First-round call catches UW's Zeitler off guard". Green Bay Press-Gazette. April 27, 2012. (subscription required (help)).
  9. Zeitler NFL Combine
  10. Garrison, Jason (March 1, 2013). "Bengals Had The Second Best Interior Offensive Line In AFC North". Cincy Jungle. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
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