A late pick by the Texans in 2015, Christian Covington slid in the draft late due to a knee concern. The Texans took him in the sixth round and he ended up being a better value pick than most realize. Covington originally started helping at the nose tackle, but made a difference in nickel and dime, playing the three technique in pass rush situations. He can heat up the pass rusher, which is one of his best attributes as a defensive lineman.
Covington is in the discussion to be one of the starting defensive ends to begin the season but he is going to have to prove he can play the defensive end position. It will take a different set of techniques than those to which he is accustomed, but he could add another dynamic on the other side of J.J. Watt. Covington has put some time in the weight room over the off season, trying to bulk up for more play on the inside of the defense.
Will be on the 53-man roster and in the defensive line rotation. Covington has a chance to be a week one starter.
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