Denver Broncos Sign Rookie Guard Connor McGovern

The Broncos have signed their fifth round pick.

The Denver Broncos have inked their 2016 fifth round selection—offensive guard Connor McGovern. The team announced it Monday

McGovern hails from the University of Missouri and was a college teammate of Broncos linebacker Shane Ray. Ray, Denver's 2015 first round pick, shared some thoughts on McGovern last week. 

“The guy works extremely hard," Ray said. "I’ve known Connor for the entire time [we were] at Mizzou because we came in together. He’s a weight room animal. He does everything the coaches ask of him. He’s coachable [and] he’s smart. I’m looking forward to seeing what he does for this team.”

McGovern will immediately compete for a starting job at guard for the Broncos. Denver has second-year guard Max Garcia, who projects as a starter at one of the interior O-line positions. 

But the other spot is open for competition. Ty SambrailoRobert Myers, Jr., and others will compete with McGovern for one of those starting slots. 

McGovern is a great fit for Gary Kubiak's zone blocking system. McGovern has the football IQ, athleticism and strength to potentially become a 10-year starter on the Denver O-line. 

The only rookie draft picks yet to be signed are quarterback Paxton Lynch (first round) and defensive lineman Adam Gotsis (second round). 

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