2017 NFL DRAFT

Christian Covington, DT

School: Rice  |  Conference: C-USA
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 289 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
117123-4

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
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Player Overview

It isn't often that a native Canadian travels through Texas en route to the NFL, but the path is just one of the many unique traits that come with Covington.

Born Christian Coral Cleveland Covington, he dominated at the prep level, recording 83 tackles and 15 sacks as a senior. After redshirting his first season at Rice, his success at the collegiate level has also been impressive. He was second nationally among first-year defensive linemen with five sacks among his 43 tackles (including eight behind the line of scrimmage) in 2012 and was the first sophomore defensive tackle at Rice since 1965 to earn First Team all-conference recognition when he recorded 59 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss and four sacks in 2013.

Despite facing constant double-teams, Covington looked to be in position to duplicate this success in 2014 (20 tackles, four tackles for loss and three sacks) before dislocating his left kneecap against Florida International on Nov. 1, 2014. Covington considered putting off surgery to see if he could compete if Rice made a bowl game, but ultimately elected to have the procedure on Nov. 11 with an estimated recovery time of six months.

Covington's health will play a critical role in determining his final draft status, though he clearly felt comfortable with the recovery enough to pass up his senior season with the Owls to make himself eligible for the 2015 draft. Covington's stout frame and initial quickness could intrigue teams looking for an interior pass rusher. He projects best as a three-technique defensive tackle in a 4-3 alignment.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Has a short, squatty build with a low center of gravity and long arms. Possesses good initial quickness off the snap to split gaps and has active hands. Locates the football quickly, showing the awareness to blow up misdirection draws and screens and get his hands up in passing lanes.

Too powerful for offensive linemen at this level. Frequently was able to drive through them and into the backfield when single-blocked. Good leg drive and core strength.

Good bloodlines. Father, Grover Covington, is a member of the CFL Hall of Fame as a defensive end. Switched jersey to No. 1 after previously wearing No. 56.

WEAKNESSES: Only average size for the NFL and his frame appears to be maxed out. Does not possess ideal balance. Too often is knocked to the turf on cut-blocks. Lacks the speed to offer much in pursuit to the perimeter or downfield.

Questionable level of competition. Requires a thorough medical check. Missed half of 2014 with a knee injury that ultimately required season-ending surgery and played with a big cast over his right arm in 2013 to protect a thumb injury.

--Rob Rang

 
 
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05/05/2015 - A closer look at the Texans' seven picks: Round 6/216 - Christian Covington, DE, 6-2, 289, Rice...A potential steal if his health improves. Covington is explosive and dangerous on the line. He's recovering from a knee injury. But the local product could shine with the Texans. - The Sports Xchange
 

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