Connor McGovern, Center
If you were to ask me who I think was the most underrated pick of the 2016 draft class, I would easily choose Connor McGovern. Before I go into my explanation, let me make this clear. I don’t think he was the best pick in his draft class. All I’m saying is that for where he was picked, he ended up being a great return on investment.
Since arriving in Denver as a 5th-round pick, McGovern has played in 47 games (36 starts). He split his playing time between right guard and center, the latter of which being the position he’s manned for the last season and change.
If you had to pick one word to describe McGovern’s play it would be solid. He’s been a reliable and dependable starter with consistently average to above average play. While those qualities are important to have in an offensive lineman, his position and contract status put him in a conflict with the Broncos going into the 2020 season.
With four years of service accumulated, McGovern is scheduled to be an Unrestricted Free Agent in March and considering where he’s played the last two years, his asking price may be more than the Broncos are willing to pay.
According to Spotrac, the top 10 Centers in the league make an average salary of 9.4 million or more every year. Has McGovern played at a top 10 level? No. Again, he’s been a solid, but not spectacular anchor for the Broncos offensive line.
The problem is that McGovern is going to be asking for top 10 money and for the play he’s put out on the field, it’s hard to justify paying him as such.
If the Broncos weren’t willing to pay top dollar for Matt Paradis, then why should they for Connor McGovern?
He’s been a great pick for the Broncos and we appreciate his service in the Orange/Blue but unless he’s willing to take a discount, I don’t see the two sides seeing eye to eye on his 2nd contract.
2020 Status: Scrap