Chris Covington

Indiana
OLB

Prospect Info

College
Indiana
Hometown
Class
Chicago, IL
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
245 lbs
32 1/2”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

4.97
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Dallas
Cowboys
Round 6 ‧ Pick 19
40 Yard Dash
4.78
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Bench Press
23
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Covington was the first Division I scholarship athlete from Chicago's Al Raby High School as a dual-threat quarterback in 2014. He suited up at quarterback for the Hoosiers in 2014, but struggled as a passer (3-of-12, 31 yards, no scores, two interceptions) and then suffered a season-ending ACL injury against Iowa. He moved to linebacker during the following spring, and played in the team's final eight games there (four tackles). Becoming more comfortable at the position, he started once in 13 games played, making 29 stops, three for loss, and two sacks. Covington took another step forward at linebacker in 2017, using his athleticism to garner honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as a 12-game starter, posting 85 tackles, 12 for loss, three sacks, and five pass breakups. He was named Indiana's Defensive Player of the Year for his efforts.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7/PFA
NFL Comparison
Josh Forrest
Overview
Covington is a better athlete than skilled linebacker at this point in his development, but he has intriguing length, speed and athleticism that could be moldable on the next level. He still needs to get stronger and improve his technique, but he could become a special teams factor on coverage teams if he makes the squad. His ability to play in the league may rest upon whether or not he can improve his instincts and feel for blocking schemes.
Strengths
  • Long arms dangle from his long, athletic build
  • Former quarterback with room for more weight if needed
  • Plus play speed in pursuit of the ball
  • Flashes burst to close
  • Plays with good energy and a desire to make plays
  • Inexperienced but learning
  • Big spike in playmaking production including 12 TFLs in 2017
  • Physical field demeanor
  • Strikes with force against ball carriers and some pulling guards
  • Good finisher
  • Comes to balance and swallows prey when in position to tackle
  • Athletic dropping into space
  • Adequate man cover talent with athletic traits to challenge catch
Weaknesses
  • One-year starter
  • Instincts and play diagnosis are well below the mark at this time
  • Gets out of position and loses leverage when trying to protect his gap
  • Still learning to recognize blocking schemes and read keys properly
  • Gets trapped in traffic
  • Will need to learn to sift from safety before shooting downhill
  • Below average playing off blocks to tackle
  • High-cut with issues maintaining contact balance against blocks
  • Pursuit can be undisciplined
  • Will outrace his run fits

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GRADE
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