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Missouri Trio Competing At NFL Combine

Linebacker Kentrell Brothers highlights Missouri's three players at the NFL Scouting Combine this week.

Three University of Missouri products — linebacker Kentrell Brothers, center Evan Boehm and guard Connor McGovern — are at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this week trying to show out for scouts.

All three competed at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., though McGovern’s time there was cut short by an injury. 

Brothers, a 6-foot, 249-pounder, is rated as the second-best inside linebacker available in the 2016 Draft, according to NFLDraftScout.com, and the 55th-best overall prospect. The former Mizzou tackling machine is projected as a second-round selection. 

“Brothers plays with above average recognition skills and anticipation to beat blockers to the contact point, but for his high tackle production, he also misses several tackles due to his lack of ideal speed and length,” NFLDraftScout’s Dane Brugler wrote in his scouting report. “However, he’s able to compensate for his average athleticism due to his competitive nature and superb instincts to be a tackling machine.”

NFLDraftScout.com has has McGovern as the ninth-best guard and 151st-best prospect in the draft and projects him as either a fourth- or fifth-round pick. 

“McGovern could be a late-round steal for someone,” NFLDraftScout.com’s Jamie Newberg wrote in his scouting report. “While he does have a future on the interior, McGovern has shown he can play both tackle spots in a pinch, which will only increase his value in the NFL. He has the size and strength that should translate well in the NFL power game on the inside.”

The website has Boehm, a four-year starter for the Tigers, as the fifth-best center available, the 158th-best overall prospect and projects him to be fifth-round pick. 

“Boehm possesses the build and power to continue Missouri's impressive pipeline of linemen to the NFL, but he’s not a prospect without flaws,” NFLDraftScout’s Rob Rang wrote in his scouting report. “Given his squatty powerful frame, Boehm is sure to intrigue clubs looking for a drive blocker, but he doesn’t possess ideal length or experience in this style of offense. His experience snapping out of shotgun will be appreciated by some teams, but he lacks the athleticism most NFL clubs using this style prefer, making Boehm a bit of a square peg.”

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