Missouri football player Connor McGovern. David Samson / The Forum
FARGO – Connor McGovern plans to watch the first round of the NFL Draft like a fan, but anticipates after that he will start to get anxious.
"Friday is the (day) I'm going to be just staring at my cell phone while it's just sitting there and doing my best to stay calm and go with the flow," said McGovern, a Fargo Shanley graduate and former University of Missouri offensive lineman.
The three-day NFL Draft starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre with the first round. The second and third rounds are Friday, and the fourth through seventh rounds are Saturday.
The 6-foot-4, 306-pound McGovern is projected by most teams to play guard in the NFL and hopes to get drafted anywhere from the second to the fourth round.
"The second round is where I'm hoping to start to getting a little bit of attention," said McGovern, who was a three-year starter at Missouri.
McGovern plans to watch the NFL Draft from Fargo and will closely monitor where players like former North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz get drafted. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Wentz is projected by some analysts to be selected in the top few picks in the first round. McGovern and Wentz, who went to Bismarck Century High School, both graduated from high school in 2011. And now they are both projected to get selected in the same NFL Draft.
"Thursday night I'm just going to be a fan cheering on Carson and the other guys that I've trained with and met through the whole process," McGovern said of Wentz. "From what it looks like, he could potentially go with the No. 1 pick. That's crazy. You don't hear about a guy being the No. 1 pick from North Dakota. ... It's pretty amazing."
McGovern said he's had workouts with the Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and also a team visit with the Dallas Cowboys.
McGovern took his team visit to Dallas in early April at the same time as Wentz. McGovern said he roomed with Wentz during that visit with the Cowboys.
"These past four months are just a huge interview process," said McGovern, who was also at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.
McGovern tested out as one of the strongest offensive linemen at the Combine, bench pressing 225 pounds 33 times. That was the second most among offensive linemen behind former Arizona State lineman Christian Westerman, who did 34 reps.
McGovern had hoped to perform better in the bench press at the Combine, even though he was second best among lineman. His goal was to do 40 reps.
"You set these goals for yourself and if you don't reach them you are a little disappointed," McGovern said.
Most NFL teams view him as a guard or center, McGovern said, and added he scored a 29 on his Wonderlic intelligence test, considered an above-average score.
"I like it more when people view me as a guard," McGovern said. "I don't see myself getting drafted as a tackle, but I can definitely help a team out at tackle. Tackle I don't see as my main position, but something I can play. ... What people have said about me is that I'm smart enough to play center and make calls and all that kind of stuff."