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Mizzou Trio Invited to NFL Combine

Missouri's Evan Boehm, Connor McGovern and Kentrell Brothers have been invited to the NFL Combine.

The NFL announced the list of participants for the NFL Combine and three University of Missouri products made the cut: center Evan Boehm, guard Connor McGovern and linebacker Kentrell Brothers.

Brothers is the highest regarded of the three prospects, with a grade of 5.82 from NFL.com that corresponds with “chance to become NFL starter,” according to their grading system. 

The 6-foot, 249-pound tackling machine has been listed as a second-round pick on some early mock drafts.

“Really fun to watch on tape with many of the same play traits that made TCU’s Paul Dawson so productive last season,” NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein wrote. “Brothers is a decisive, rhythm linebacker whose understanding of space and ability to improve his tackle positioning at the point of attack should make him a consistently productive inside linebacker in the pros. While Brothers will lack the speed and overall athleticism that some teams covet, it would be a huge mistake to value athleticism over instincts and production when evaluating Brothers.”

Boehm (5.42) and McGovern (5.37) both fall into the “NFL backup or special teams potential” category. 

Boehm was a four-year starter for the Tigers, playing left guard as a freshman before starting at center for his final three seasons. That kind of experience should improve his standing with NFL teams.

“Four­-year starter with outstanding power at the point of attack with an ability to create running lanes through sheer brute force,” Zierlein wrote in his scouting report. “Boehm’s squatty frame may cause some evaluators to hesitate, but offensive line coaches will fall in love with his instincts, power, leadership and durability. Boehm has a chance to be an early starter for a team looking for power and leadership in the middle of their line.”

McGovern, like Boehm, is also an experienced offensive lineman who has played on several different spots along the line for Missouri. 

“Three-year starter who has played guard and both tackle spots,” Zierlein wrote. “While he has the power and frame of a guard, there are some teams who may give him a shot at right tackle first. McGovern still has some work to do in pass protection, but shows potential to be a starter in the league. He is an ascending prospect whose stock should rise thanks to his power and multi-­position diversity.”

The NFL Scouting Combine will be held Feb. 23-29 in Indianapolis.

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