We have previously acknowledged that center is a position the New York Giants should be hoping o to upgrade this offseason. How about doing so with the guy Pro Football Focus believes is the best center who could reach the market? Connor McGovern of the Denver Broncos.
Age: 27 in 2020 season
Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 306
Experience: 4 seasons (entire rookie year spent on IR)
2019 stats: Games: 16 (all starts) | Snaps: 1,014
Pro Football Focus: Overall grade: 71.9 (11th among qualifying centers) | WAR: 0.16 (11th) | Pass blocking: 82.5 (1 sack, 15 pressures in 609 pass-blocking snaps) | Run blocking 64.0
Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann of SB Nation’s Mile High Report says:
“Connor McGovern was very good for us at center, and it’s not even his natural position (he was a tackle at Mizzou and became a backup center in 2018), but after the Broncos let Matt Paradis walk (grrrrr....), McGovern was tapped as the starting center.
“My gut feeling is that McGovern will probably command a little more money on the open market than he’s worth, and therefore, there’s a better than average chance that Broncos’ will lose him because John Elway won’t want to pay.
“Joe Mahoney of Mile High Report believes McGovern could get $11-$12 million since he’s the highest-ranked center in free agency and still under 30. And since our offensive line coach is known for developing late-round picks, he has hope that Mike Munchak can get great production out of Patrick Morris if we let go of McGovern.
“McGovern is also a bit of a weight room freak!”
McGovern has spent the last three seasons in Denver playing either center or right guard. He has been a full-time starter the past two seasons. The NFL’s highest paid centers make between $11.25 million (Rodney Judson, Raiders) and $9.4 million (Travis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys).
As the top center on the market, someone is likely to put McGovern in that salary stratosphere. Should it be the Giants?