After weeks of reading up on scouting reports and mock drafts, we were finally able to get a look at the 2016 NFL Draft prospects on the field at the NFL Scouting Combine.
While we can argue back and forth on whether the tests and drills that these players go through translate to the NFL field, it is interesting nonetheless to compare their athleticism and skill sets. With plenty of focus and attention on the big name prospects and projected first rounders, I decided to put an emphasis on the lesser-known guys.
So, who are some unknown, mid to late round guys who could become the “steals” of the draft? Let’s take a look.
Connor McGovern – OL, Missouri – 6’4″, 306 lbs
The former teammate of current Kansas City Chiefs center, Mitch Morse, McGovern possesses similar intangibles. He is very experienced and has the versatility that the Chiefs love in their offensive linemen with the capability to play guard and tackle.
Also similar to Morse, McGovern projects to have the most success as an interior lineman, and can step in right away and compete. At the combine, McGovern showed his all-around skills, finishing among the top eight offensive linemen in four events; 40-yard dash (5.11, 8th), bench press (33, 2nd), broad jump (9’1″, 8th), and 3-cone (7.50, 7th).
These numbers prove that he has the strength and athleticism to be a quality NFL offensive lineman. With some coaching in his technique and fundamentals, McGovern could become a solid starter for years.
Considering all this, look for the Chiefs to target him between the third and fifth rounds.
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