Denver, CO- With the 144th pick in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL draft, the Denver Broncos addressed one of the most glaring needs on their roster, selecting Missouri guard Connor McGovern to help bulk up an offensive line that struggled mightily at times during Denver's Super Bowl season.
McGovern had been graded by many scouts as a potential third round pick. General manager John Elway was clearly pleased to be able to select him two rounds later than anticipated.
"Connor McGovern, our 5th round pick from Missouri, is a tough, intelligent and athletic guard," Elway tweeted following the pick. "He's also played some tackle."
The Broncos clearly valued McGovern as a versatile depth option along their offensive line. He's incredibly strong and put that strength on display at the NFL combine, leading the way in the bench press with 33 repetitions.
During his interview with local Denver media, McGovern said he would "Easily bench 500 pounds."
McGovern, who possesses surprising athleticism, is also viewed as a great fit for Gary Kubiak's zone blocking scheme. "I think it is going to fit me perfectly," McGovern said.
The 306-pound lineman will be given the chance to compete with Ty Sambrailo, Michael Schofield, and other young offensive lineman on the Broncos roster for a chance to become a rotational player along the line when the Broncos open up training camp at the end of July.
Jake Marsing is the Broncos Beat Writer for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @JakeDMarsing
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