Connor McGovern

Penn State

Prospect Info

College
Penn State
Hometown
Class
PA
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
308 lbs
34 1/8”
Hands
9 7/8”

Prospect Grade

5.78
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Dallas
Cowboys
Round 3 ‧ Pick 27
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
--u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
28
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
--
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
112.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.66
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.57
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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McGovern was a nice get for the Nittany Lions, as the Pennsylvania Mr. Football award finalist and high school All-American was considered one of the top center and guard prospects in the country coming out of Larksville. He started nine of 13 games played at right guard as a true freshman, and then moved to center for his sophomore season, starting all 13 games in the pivot. McGovern was named a third-team All-Big Ten selection and Penn State's most outstanding offensive lineman for his play as a junior, again starting all 13 games (12 at right guard, one at center) in 2018. McGovern's father, Jim, played football at Colgate.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 2-3
NFL Comparison
Rodger Saffold
Overview
Reliable run blocker with NFL-ready size and strength but exploitable holes in his pass sets that need to be addressed as quickly as possible. His starting experience at both center and guard could bring additional interest in McGovern, who would be a bigger, stronger option at center for teams facing odd-front power in their division. He is a good fit in gap and inside-zone run schemes, but his tendency to over-set in pass protection could be challenging to correct. He's an early starter as a Day 2 pick, but Year 1 could have ups and downs.
Strengths
  • Starting experience as both a guard and center
  • NFL body type with broad upper body and good lower-body thickness
  • Works well in double teams
  • Can punch and carry target while the double block settles in
  • Stays wide and can play wide
  • Good catch-run-and-secure transitioning on zone blocks
  • Bends effectively for desired pad level
  • Able to dig opponents anchor out on down blocks
  • Consistent hand placement as run blocker
  • Not easily bull-rushed
  • Can open hips and make athletic recoveries when beaten
  • Decent redirect power in pass protection.
Weaknesses
  • Hands too wide in pass protection
  • Needs more consistent angles up to second level
  • Inconsistent timing up to second block on combos
  • Measured lateral movement lacks desired quickness
  • Uses gallop steps to mirror edge-running 3-techniques
  • Tends to over-set and open inside counters
  • Gets caught out over his toes
  • Will lean and lunge for redirect in pass protection
  • Inside post becomes a target due to over-sets
  • Needs better reaction time and awareness to twists
Sources Tell Us

"He's one of my favorite guards because he's got real size and real power. A lot of college linemen are coming in so light that it takes time to get them big and strong enough to play." -- Offensive line coach for NFC team
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