The Denver Broncos selected former Missouri guard Connor McGovern in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He is a 6'4", 306lb offensive lineman who is expected to add depth to the offensive line going forward, and could push for a starting job. McGovern is ranked as the 96th overall prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft according to CBS Sports, and is ranked as the 6th best guard in this year's draft class.
McGovern started all 12 games for Missouri at left tackles and was one of their top performers all season. He has played all over the line for Missouri and started the final 40 games of his career and played in 48 games over his career at Mizzou.
Guard, Senior, Missouri
Height: 6'4" Weight: 306lbs 40 time: 5.11 seconds
Arm Length: 32 7/8" Hands: 10 3/8"
Bench Press: 33 reps(top performing offensive lineman at the combine) Broad Jump: 109.0 inches
3 Cone Drill: 7.50 seconds 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.65 seconds
- Very strong and powerful
- Set weight room records at Missouri
- Broad shoulders and a strong/stout upper body
- Moves well
- Flexible hips
- Takes good angles
- Good short area quickness
- Heavy strong hands
- A versatile player
- Team first and a leader
- Great work ethic
- Competitive and aggressive on the field
- Durable and will play through pain/injuries
- Needs work as a pass blocker
- Played tackle in college but will have to move inside in the NFL
- Overall technique needs some work
- Inconsistent blocking in the second level
- A bit top heavy and will need to bulk up his lower half
How does Connor McGovern fit with the Denver Broncos?:
Another great fit!
McGovern is versatile so he adds depth to the offensive line, and insurance if 2015 second round pick Ty Sambrailo isn't fully recovered from the shoulder injury that sidelined him for the majority of the 2015 season.
Oh yeah, did I mention he is one strong dude? McGovern broke a Missouri school record with six squats of 690 pounds and partially tore his pectoral muscle during one off-season attempting to bench press 515 pounds (did not miss any games).
So we really do not have to worry about McGovern's play strength. Also, this strength makes him one hell of a run blocker. Pro Football Focus had him graded as one of the better run blockers in this year's draft class.
Connor McGovern had a 91.7% run block success rate, 4th-best among OGs in the NFL draft— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 30, 2016
General Manager John Elway called McGovern "our type of guy" when asked about his expectations of him after the draft.
"Again, we were happy to get him. We wanted to draft an offensive lineman, and he’s very athletic. He played outside. He played left tackle for Missouri in college. I think he’s a guy that can move inside and play some guard. He’s got that flexibility and is very athletic, and a tough guy. One thing we know about him is that he likes the weight room. He spends a lot of time in the weight room, so it’s our kind of guy."
I think McGovern has a shot to win a starting job this summer. Garcia, Sambrailo, Myers, McGovern and the rest of the interior guys will all be fighting for a starting job/roster spot this summer. I don't think any of these guys are locked in as a starter just yet, so he has a shot.
His run blocking skills should help him out considering the Broncos will focus on the run game with Mark Sanchez or rookie Paxton Lynch quarterbacking the team. He's a guy i am excited to see this summer.