Photo of Christian Covington
Grade
5.37 ?
  • 6'2" Height
  • 33 1/4" Arm Length
  • 289LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Analysis

Strengths

Shoots out of stance and into blocker with good pad level and forward lean. Brings natural power to the party. Effective two-gapper who plays with proper arm extension. Keeps linemen at end of his length and keeps eyes trained on the backfield. Frees himself from blocks with jerk-and-shed action. Athletic movement in space. Can cave interior of the pocket with initial jolt and sustained bull rush.

Weaknesses

Doesn't gather feet under him after initial engagement, causing body control and balance problems. Ends up on ground far too often. Showed suspect coordination of feet against Notre Dame. Needs to shed blocker a shade sooner. Must learn to string together pass-rush moves and improve skill level with his hands. Dislocated his kneecap in second game of the season and missed the rest of 2014.

Sources Tell Us

"I thought Christian was an early third-day selection, but could have really improved his status if he had stayed another year. With that said, all bets are off until he gets medical clearance because of that knee." -- AFC South scout

NFL Comparison

Dwan Edwards

Bottom Line

Rotational defensive tackle with functional power and enough initial quickness to play in an odd or even front. Covington has played just two years of college football after missing almost the entire 2014 season due to a knee injury. Missing an entire year of football and the injury that caused his absence will both be hills to climb, but he's flashed NFL traits and talent previously.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.