Scouting Report | Connor McGovern, G/C, Penn State


Personal Background

High school

  • Two-time captain
  • Four-star recruit (ESPN, 247 Sports, Rivals and


  • Won the Dick Maginnis Memorial Award (team’s outstanding lineman)
  • Rimington Trophy Watchlist (nation’s top center)
  • Outland Trophy Watchlist (nation’s top offensive lineman)


  • Played in all 38 games in his career (both guard positions and at center)
    • 20 starts at guard and 14 at center

Film Reviewed


  • Appalachian State
  • Iowa
  • Ohio State
  • Pittsburgh


  • Michigan
  • Washington (Fiesta Bowl)


  • Year – Junior
  • Height – 6’5 3/8″
  • Weight – 308 pounds

McGovern wears #66 in the following clips



Weaknesses/Question Marks


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. First, I would like to see him improve his lower body power. I’m not talking about doing more squats; I’m talking about improving the power generated from his lower body. McGovern simply doesn’t generate much movement in the run game because he doesn’t roll his hips or explode his hips on contact and at times will look to drive before he has control of the defender. In this case, the defensive lineman will simply execute an arm-over or it leads to many stalemates and losses in 1-on-1 situations. His run fits need some refinement, as well. On down blocks, his approach is loose, which allows the defender to retrace over the top to make the tackle on the ball carrier. The Pennsylvania native also struggles with his technique on combination blocks. Too often he doesn’t fit knee to knee and hip to hip to uniformly drive the defender off the ball. While McGovern possesses NFL athletic ability to get to the second level, sticking to linebackers and using his feet to maintain leverage does not occur often enough. In the passing game, on slide side of pass protections he gets tunnel vision in his gap and at times will fail to keep his shoulders square to the line of scrimmage. This minor error, paired with his tendency to over-set, invites an abundance of inside moves.  He does have the ability to change direction quickly and the hands to recover, but this could be a troublesome area that could make the QB uneasy.

Overall, I believe that McGovern is a fourth-round pick who teams will covet because of his ability to hold his own at two different positions along the interior offensive line. McGovern has a pretty high ceiling at both positions. His best fit is in gap, man, and inside zone schemes, where he can work combination blocks to create movement but also pull out into space as a puller. McGovern’s athletic profile should allow him to shine in most passing schemes.