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Mizzou Tigers Awaiting The Call During NFL Draft

Linebacker Kentrell Brothers could be the first Missouri player to be selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Three Missouri Tigers are likely to hear their names called during the three-day, seven-round 2016 NFL Draft this weekend. It’s possible a few more could join them.

Linebacker Kentrell Brothers, guard Connor McGovern and center Evan Boehm have put themselves in position to be picked, possibly as early as the second or third rounds on Friday night. 

Others like cornerback Kenya Dennis, running back Russell Hansbrough, safety Ian Simon and kicker Andrew Baggett could be picked late — rounds four through seven are on Saturday — or will likely be signed as undrafted free agents by the end of the weekend. 

Brothers, a 6-foot, 245-pounder, is regarded as one of the top inside linebacker prospects in the draft and is projected by as a second-round pick. 

He was disappointed by his numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine, but performed better during his Pro Day at Mizzou. Still, Brothers is a player who has proven himself with his production on the field despite not being a freak athlete.

“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.” ranks McGovern, a 6-4, 306-pounder who played left tackle last season for Missouri, as the sixth-best guard prospect and projects him as a third-round pick. 

McGovern was among the top performers at the Combine in Indianapolis, where he showed off his strength and athleticism. His position versatility, which he showed throughout his time in Columbia, should help him at the next level similarly to previous Tigers draft picks like Justin Britt and Mitch Morse. 

“McGovern could be a late-round steal for someone,” NFLDraftScout’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.”

Boehm, a 6-2, 302-pounder, is ranked by as the fourth-best center available in the draft but is projected by the website as a fourth-round pick.

Boehm gained valuable experience in his four years as a starter with the Tigers, which will only help him at the next level. His intangibles could be invaluable to an NFL team in need of a center.

“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.”

Dennis, a 5-11, 200-pounder, was not invited to the Combine but shined with his impressive Pro Day performance in Columbia, which was attended by representatives for more than 20 NFL teams. His physicality could make him a fit at either cornerback or safety.

Hansbrough, Simon and Baggett all showed they could play during their time with the the Tigers, but aren’t regarded nearly as high as some of their teammates when it comes to playing at the next level. 

Still, they should get a shot in training camp to impress teams. 


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