Below are snippets of scouting reports on new Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Connor McGovern. Read the full reports by clicking the links.
Lance Zierlein, NFL.com: Reliable run blocker with NFL-ready size and strength but exploitable holes in his pass sets that need to be addressed as quickly as possible. His starting experience at both center and guard could bring additional interest in McGovern, who would be a bigger, stronger option at center for teams facing odd-front power in their division. He is a good fit in gap and inside-zone run schemes, but his tendency to over-set in pass protection could be challenging to correct. He’s an early starter as a Day 2 pick, but Year 1 could have ups and downs.
Yahoo Sports’ Eric Edholm: McGovern is a heavy-handed, well-proportioned blocker who works well on the move. … McGovern can hit moving targets, positions himself well with good footwork and has a nice finishing ability.
There are holes in his pass protection, as he will sometimes fail to get his hands inside of defenders and can struggle to pick up line stunts and twists … McGovern has the earmarks of an early NFL starter at any of the three interior positions – a high-floor, medium ceiling prospect who will make his unit better in time. He might not dominate early, but McGovern should be a good player for years to come.
Dane Brugler, The Athletic: A three-year starter at Penn State, McGovern started at guard as a true freshman before moving to center as a sophomore and spending time at both positions in 2018. The Nittany Lions had a 1,200-plus yard rusher each of the last three seasons and found success running it up the gut. McGovern loads his hands and runs his feet in the run game, locating his targets from distance with excellent awareness. He works persistently to stay between ball and defender in pass protection, but he needs to fortify his base and use his natural bend to shuffle and counter. Overall, McGovern needs to better trust his feet, but he shows starter quality traits at center or guard, projecting as a high-floor, low-ceiling NFL blocker.
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The Draft Network: Connor McGovern definitely profiles as an eventual starting OG in the NFL, I’m just not sold he can do so at a high level immediately. With great functional athleticism and effective functional strength,, McGovern possesses the foundation needed to be a quality player. But hand timing issues and balance work still rear their heads in his tape and make him more of a three year window to peak as a pro vs. being a plug and play starter immediately from Day 1.
Cover1.net: McGovern has the type of versatility and experience that teams love. His experience at guard and center are exactly the combination that teams covet, seeing as how they only like to dress six or seven linemen on gameday (one tackle, one G/C). While he weighed in at 308 pounds at the combine, he played in the 320-pound range, and I believe that is where his weight should be. His frame can easily carry more muscle. He is a good athlete who plays best in the phone booth but moves well in space. That’s because he has reactive feet that quickly get him on the perimeter on pulls or mirroring a defender’s rush. McGovern’s lateral agility is sneaky; he can extinguish a 3-technique’s rush across his face or execute a double under-hop to anchor versus a nose tackle.
Most of McGovern’s question marks are correctable.
After selecting a defensive lineman with their first pick Friday night, the Dallas Cowboys switched to offense in the NFL draft’s third round.
With the 90th overall pick, the Cowboys selected Penn State offensive lineman Connor McGovern.
Here’s some local and national reaction to the pick:
Connor McGovern has become the 2nd Nittany Lion selected Friday, being selected with the 90th pick in the by the Dallas Cowboys.
McGovern is one of two Penn State offensive lineman who decided to forgo their senior season and enter the NFL Draft.
The Pennsylvania native appeared in 39 games as a member of the Nittany Lions, starting in 35 of them. In this past season as a junior, McGovern was named to the third-team All-Big Ten team by the league’s coaches and media.
The lineman is very versatile playing center and guard throughout his entire Penn State career.
NFL scouts have been raving about his size at 6-foot-5 and 308 pounds and his run blocking abilities.
McGovern is a solid, gritty offensive lineman that is predictable and going to give a solid performance on a week to week basis. He isn’t going to blow people away with his freakish ability, but McGovern is going to get the job done on the interior of the line.
Scouts are concerned about his pass blocking abilities, but overall McGovern is projected as one of the top guard prospects in the draft.
—Three-year starter who had experience at guard and center for the Nittany Lions.
—Tall (6’5″), long (34 ⅛” arms) and uses both well enough to keep defenders from getting inside his reach and dominating his frame in the run game. Doesn’t surrender his chest in pass pro.
—Road grader in the run game who locks on and has the lower-body power to drive block.
—Smart, well-coached blocker who already understands angles and timing when working to chip or double team.
—Can sink his weight and stonewall bull-rushers.
—Ideal size and power for an interior offensive lineman.