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A left tackle at Missouri during the 2015 season, Connor McGovern is a fantastic strength player and weight room freak. He’s able to squat 690 pounds and has proved to be a mean, powerful finisher.
In zone schemes, McGovern will impress as a mover. He’s not a tackle, though, and struggled in that role after playing guard and right tackle in the past two seasons. A three-year starter, McGovern is well-tested and comes from a program with a track record of putting starting linemen into the NFL. He’s an obviously powerful player when matched up one-on-one in a hole, and NFL defenders won’t put him on skates.
In the run game, a defender will want to get behind McGovern. He’s an easy mover to the second level and has the wide, solid base to follow and cut off of. McGovern has been well-coached to take the right angle and not waste steps when pursuing defenders at the second level or when asked to pull and reach down the line. He’s compact and controlled at the point of attack and can rock back defenders with his power on impact.
Going back to his 2014 tape, McGovern’s pass protection at guard was solid. His timing on punches and when to open his hips to protect space stood out as problems at tackle, but projecting him inside eliminates that issue.
McGovern was often injured at Mizzou, and scouts voiced concerns that his muscular frame doesn’t have the flexibility to avoid soft-tissue injuries. He tore a pectoral muscle trying to bench press 515 pounds, which needs vetting.
On the field, McGovern has never settled into one position. He’s been moved all over the line and doesn’t look comfortable or truly at home in any one spot. When working in space at tackle, McGovern was betting on his athleticism to beat SEC pass-rushers. He struggled to recover against speed and would be a liability at tackle.
McGovern gets caught flat-footed and with poor body lean with his chest over his toes. He has to learn to play with better knee bend to fully capitalize on his natural strength. Teams viewing him as a tackle may move him down the board compared to those looking at him to play guard.
Weight: 306 lbs.
40 Time: 5.11s
Arm Length: 32 ⅞"
Short Shuttle: 4.65s
PRO COMPARISON: Alex Boone, Minnesota Vikings
FINAL GRADE: 6.00/9.00 (Round 3—Future Starter)