2019 NFL Draft: Full mock draft for the Baltimore Ravens
Round 5: Connor McGovern (OG, Penn State)
Connor McGovern received quite a bit of fanfare before the 2018 season kicked off. While McGovern certainly didn’t disappoint, he failed to improve his stock for the 2019 NFL Draft. Right now, there’s not a real consensus on where McGovern fits into the 2019 NFL Draft. McGovern could easily be a top 100 pick, just as much as he could be a mid-to-late day three selection. For the Baltimore Ravens, McGovern’s fall is their gain.
McGovern was one of the main orchestrators behind Saquon Barkley’s success at Penn State. Obviously, Barkley is in a class of his own, as evident by his Offensive Rookie of the Year campaign, but McGovern was far-and-away his best blocker during his stint in Happy Valley. McGovern was a staple for the Nittany Lions in his three-seasons at offensive guard. McGovern was a mauler and can hopefully translate some of that success to the next level.
Marshal Yanda is another year older, and the Ravens can’t expect the future Hall of Famer to play forever. The guard spot is already a weak area for Baltimore, and losing Yanda would completely handicap the entire offensive line. McGovern would be a day one starter because of the void of talent at guard, but he could also be the team’s success plan for Yanda’s eventual retirement.
Similarly to Ross Pierschbacher, the Baltimore Ravens should put emphasis on improving their offensive line’s interior. The team’s run-game could be epic once again in 2019, but it will largely depend on the play of the team’s guards. McGovern can become a starter immediately while also providing the team with a significant upgrade at the position.