Ryan Bates, Connor McGovern Shine at the NFL Scouting Combine

By Matthew Filipovits on March 2, 2019 at 9:30 am
Feb 28, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Penn State offensive lineman Ryan Bates (OL05) speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

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Joining Miles Sanders on the first day of the NFL Combine, Ryan Bates and Connor McGovern put their talents on display in Indianapolis. Both linemen put up performances that should help their draft stocks come April.

the measurables

Coming in at 6'4.5, Bates' size puts somewhere in between guard and tackle, both positions where Bates has thrived in the past. 

To my surprise, McGovern measured out better than Bates in every category. Scouts love the interior lineman for his ability to play multiple positions and these measurements may mean playing tackle is in his future. 

40-yard dash

Bates' official time ended up being 5.09, tied for tenth-best among offensive lineman. Connor McGovern did not run the 40 but is expected to do so at Penn State's Pro Day in a few weeks.

strength drills

Both Bates and McGovern put up 28 reps on the bench press, tying them for ninth-best among linemen. Bates also put up a 27' vertical jump and an 8'6" broad jump. McGovern did not participate in the vertical jump but his broad jump measured 9'4", good for eight best among linemen.

on-field drills

Bates thrived in the on-field portion of the combine, showing off some above-average athleticism for a guy his size. McGovern also had a strong outing in the on-field drills, with a 7.66 three-cone drill performance and a 4.57 short shuttle time. Those are times are good for eighth and ninth best among linemen, respectively.