Hall of Fame
Selection 6.216 Christian Covington, DT Rice
2014: Played in seven games, started six. Missed four games including final three due to knee injury. 2013: Started all 14 games. Lead team in tackles for loss. 2012: Played in 12 games, started 11. Led all C-USA freshmen with five sacks. 2011: Redshirted.
PRO DAY RESULTS
40-yard dash: 4.91 an 4.89 seconds
Vertical jump: 30 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 3 inches
Short shuttle: 4.43 seconds
3-cone: 7.43 seconds
Bench: 24 reps of 225 pounds
STRENGTHS Shoots out of stance and into blocker with good pad level and forward lean. Brings natural power to the party. Effective two-gapper who plays with proper arm extension. Keeps linemen at end of his length and keeps eyes trained on the backfield. Frees himself from blocks with jerk-and-shed action. Athletic movement in space. Can cave interior of the pocket with initial jolt and sustained bull rush.
WEAKNESSES Doesn't gather feet under him after initial engagement, causing body control and balance problems. Ends up on ground far too often. Showed suspect coordination of feet against Notre Dame. Needs to shed blocker a shade sooner. Must learn to string together pass-rush moves and improve skill level with his hands. Dislocated his kneecap in second game of the season and missed the rest of 2014.
SOURCES TELL US "I thought Christian was an early third-day selection, but could have really improved his status if he had stayed another year. With that said, all bets are off until he gets medical clearance because of that knee." -- AFC South scout
NFL COMPARISON Dwan Edwards
BOTTOM LINE Rotational defensive tackle with functional power and enough initial quickness to play in an odd or even front. Covington has played just two years of college football after missing almost the entire 2014 season due to a knee injury. Missing an entire year of football and the injury that caused his absence will both be hills to climb, but he's flashed NFL traits and talent previously.
John McClain @McClain_on_NFLPro scout's take on Covington...
Texans use 2nd pick in 6th rd on Rice DT Christian Covington, who underwent surgery for a dislocated kneecap suffered in November.
Junior entry and three-year starter from from Vancouver, British Columbia. Has a lean build and good speed. Lacks the lateral movement and balance required to be a two gap player and is more of a one gap slant guy. Plays with urgency and is a load to handle. Does a nice job of slicing through the line and being an inside pressure threat. Shows the ability to be a three technique one gap player. Has a quick burst off the ball to make the first point of contact and explode into his opponent. Shows good instincts to read to blocking schemes, recognizing the play and putting himself in position. Shows a strong bull rush using upper body power and playing with intensity. Pressures the middle of the field, gets up field in a hurry. Good strength and knee bend enables him to push the pocket. Has a powerful punch. Quickness with the slant moves, using a rip move to penetrate the pocket. Stays and his rushing lane.
Stands up off the snap, lacks ideal playing level and the use of leverage when dealing with blockers. Too often, he gets locked up with blockers and allows the play to clear. Has a hard time disengaging. Has trouble finding the ball at times. Will stop his feet rather than driving through or sliding laterally past. Struggles with balance and change of direction. Had knee surgery after the eighth game.