Christian Covington, Rice DT (6’3″/295; RS junior)
2015 NFL Draft Prospect
*2012 C-USA Honorable Mention
*2013 1st Team All C-USA Selection
Career stats at Rice (2012-14): 33 games, 122 Tackles (28.0 TFL), 13.0 Sacks, 2 FF
Positional Rankings per Outlet:
#9 (Walter Football)
#10 (SB Nation)
#11 (CBS Sports)
Last week Christian Covington officially made the decision to forgo his senior season at Rice and enter the 2015 NFL Draft. Covington took time out of his day to speak with us here at All-Out Blitz regarding his collegiate career and give us an update on his NFL Draft preparations:
All-Out Blitz: Coming out of high school you were rated the 311th best defensive tackle, did you have added motivation to prove yourself to the teams that did not give you an offer?
Christian Covington: “It wasn’t a matter of proving other teams wrong for not recruiting me. I had a mindset going into recruiting and finally on signing day that whoever recruited me and whoever I ended up signing with would not be disappointed with their effort in reaching out to me. I wanted to prove to Rice and to myself that they did not waste a scholarship in me.”
AOB: Since starting your career at Rice how have you improved as a player?
CC: “My football IQ and my ability to translate my strength in the weight room onto the field has improved tremendously.”
AOB: What in your opinion are your biggest strengths as a player and why?
CC: “I feel that my quickness off the line and my quickness in my play give me an advantage as a defensive lineman. Also my ability to transition from my quickness into power when it comes to my pass rushing ability.”
AOB: Many draft experts rate you among the top 10 defensive tackles in the 2015 draft, do you feel you have more to prove to scouts that do not see Rice play on Saturdays?
CC: “I want to be able to showcase different areas that I may not have been able to express fully on game days. Abilities such as my football IQ, true speed and agility, and other factors.”
AOB: What is your most memorable moment as a collegiate player and why?
CC: “My most memorable moment can truly be summed up by the three years I started for Rice. What we did as a team in the past three years and what we accomplished as a team will go down in Rice Football history. No other players who played at Rice could say that they went to three consecutive bowl games, win a conference championship, and put up the most wins in a three year span. I’m honored to have been a part of such a team.”
AOB: Which pro player do you feel you most resemble?
CC: “I study and look at a lot of defensive tackles in the league. I wouldn’t say I resemble anyone exactly due to the differing abilities and skills of each individual player, but I love to study and emulate players such as Gerald McCoy, Darnell Dockett, and most recently Aaron Donald.”
AOB: What are looking forward to most in the upcoming months as you prepare for the NFL?
CC: “I’m in love with the process and the work that I’m having to do on this journey. I look forward to the upcoming obstacles and challenges that are going to be set before me. I most look forward to showing people what I can do with the progress I have made with my knee as well.”
AOB: Thanks again for taking the time to speak with us, and good luck in your draft preparations!
Photo: Gregory Payan/AP