Photo of Christian Covington
Drafted By: Texans
5.37 ?

Draft Analysis:

Another addition to Houston's front 7, the Texans stay local with this selection and nab an excellent value pick. He missed much of 2014 with a knee injury but his power jumps off the screen and he also has the quickness to compliment it. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'2" Height
  • 33 1/4" Arm Length
  • 289LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands


2014: Played in seven games, started six. Missed four games including final three due to knee injury. 2013: Started all 14 games. Lead team in tackles for loss. 2012: Played in 12 games, started 11. Led all C-USA freshmen with five sacks. 2011: Redshirted.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.91 an 4.89 seconds
Vertical jump: 30 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 3 inches
Short shuttle: 4.43 seconds
3-cone: 7.43 seconds
Bench: 24 reps of 225 pounds



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.


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
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.