A day after Penn State’s season ended, offensive lineman Connor McGovern declared for the NFL Draft.
The next day, he began workouts at EXOS training facility in Pensacola, Florida, setting his sights on landing an invitation to the NFL Combine, where draft prospects can see their stock rise or fall.
On Thursday, the NFL announced who would attend the annual event Feb. 26 to March 4 in Indianapolis and the Lake-Lehman graduate made the cut.
“I officially found out two or three weeks ago, I got an email from the NFL,” McGovern said Thursday. “I had to fill out a lot of paperwork, and I could not make it known until the NFL sent out all the official invites.”
McGovern is one of seven Penn State players to receive invitations. Trace McSorley, Miles Sanders, Amani Oruwariye, Ryan Bates, Kevin Givens and Shareef Miller will join him in Indianapolis.
In the meantime, McGovern will continue his work at EXOS, where he is one of 35 potential draft picks with designs set on impressing NFL organizations.
Along with the basics, such as working on his 40-yard dash time, pro agility and bench press, McGovern received a good idea of what the interview portion of the combine is about.
“We’re working on everything that we will be doing at the combine, and a little bit of football,” McGovern said. “We are doing board work, football IQ and general field drills. We’ve had people come down and help us with the Wonderlic test.
“There are going to be so many interviews where we will meet with each team. I even went through interview training.”
The interview training was one of the most unique experiences he has gone through since the process began, he said.
“They brought down a former GM of the Raiders,” McGovern said. “For almost three hours he did personal training, and then for five hours he sat down and did a mock interview where they put you on camera. He gave tips and pointers about the interview process. How we should address them, questions they could ask. Then he went rapid fire to try and throw you off guard.
“There is so much behind the scenes that I never really knew about.”
McGovern said a few NFL teams have reached out to him to set up an interview.
“Training is going well,” McGovern said. “All my times are coming down. I am losing body fat and I am getting leaner and stronger. I’m very excited. I will finally get to show what I can do.”