Finding Broncos: Scouting Missouri OG Connor McGovern

The final guard comes from Missouri, which has produced some of Erick Trickel's favorites over the past few years. Just what are the thoughts of our draft expert on this prospect?

http://www.scout.com/player/144682-connor-mcgovern?s=101

Combine Results

40-YARD DASH: 5.11 SEC

BENCH PRESS: 33 REPS

BROAD JUMP: 109.0 INCH

3-CONE DRILL: 7.50 SEC

20-YARD SHUTTLE: 4.65 SEC

Pros

  • Posses outstanding strength
  • Good technique when attacking the second level
  • Excellent angles
  • Broad waist
  • Never missed any games
  • Good short area quickness and agility
  • Good enough athleticism
  • Can shut down moves to the inside with a quick first step
  • Well-balanced pass sets
  • Smooth player
  • Good hand work
  • Heavy punch in pass protection
  • Aware of what is going on around him
  • Can block pass rush moves that defenders string together

Cons

  • Raw sets in pass protection
  • Has to get better at not over committing
  • Needs to trust his footwork
  • Has to keep his feet tight
  • Not a NFL offensive tackle, where he has played at in college. Limited to G or a move to C isn’t out of the question
  • Limited to a zone scheme
  • Short arms
  • Needs to use his heavy punch more often and consistently
  • Top heavy player
  • Doesn’t change direction quickly enough consistently
  • Has to get his butt lower/bend better
  • Needs to get an understanding of leverage and how it works

Overall Thoughts

I like McGovern, but he has many holes in his game that may take him a little while to adjust to the NFL game. He should be able to contribute right away as a run blocker, but the pass protection should see him as a depth piece for his first year.

*In the video below, McGovern (#60) is playing left tackle.

For a zone scheme team as a late day two or early day 3, McGovern could pay dividends in a year or two. The Denver Broncos need depth at guard, so they could look the way of McGovern, but they have a couple of project guys at guard already for depth.

Broncos Round Projection: Early 4th-Late 4th

Where He Goes: Late 3rd-Late 4th

Per sources: He played with some great talents on that Missouri offensive line, but his short arms will see him on the interior and not tackle. Most teams view him as a center, and no one I talked with said he should start year one.

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