Covington goes to Cowboys in 6th round

From quarterback to linebacker to the NFL.

Chris Covington is joining the Dallas Cowboys.

Covington was selected by the Cowboys with the No. 19 pick of the sixth round in Saturday’s NFL Draft.

The Chicago native emerged as an impact defender for Indiana during the 2016 season before taking over the Mike linebacker duties last fall. Covington made 118 tackles, including 70 solo stops, five sacks and 15 tackles for loss during his college career.

Covington, who started his college career at quarterback before suffering a season-ending ACL injury at Iowa midway through the 2014 season, earned IU’s Defensive Player of the Year Award last fall after finishing third on the team with 85 tackles, including 50 solo stops. His 12 tackles for loss ranked second on the Hoosiers.

“He’s an athletic kid,” Draft analyst Mel Kiper said on ESPN’s telecast. “He’s obviously got the ability to get into that backfield and wreak some havoc. He was a guy that, through the last two months, you started hearing his name.

“… Covington provides a little bit more upside potential for the pro game. He can play in a variety of schemes. He gives you a lot in terms of getting into that backfield and exploding to the football with his athleticism and athletic ability, in terms of being able to utilize that with the pads on and apply that to the football field. He’s getting better. I think people feel like maybe his best football is ahead.”


  1. Scales, Fant, and Cobbs not selected was a bit of a surprise but it is very good to hear Covington and Thomas went to good NFL teams. The other IU players can go the FA route and show they were overlooked. I hope all of them make the roster this Fall and show what they can do. I supspected that Thomas and Covington would go higher than the others but hope the others would get drafted in the 7th round.

    I enjoyed seeing them play and wish them the best in the coming years.

  2. Of the three IU players not drafted, I think Scales is the only one who has a legit chance of making it as a Free Agent. Cobb either got really bad advice, ignored his advice, or something happened between the end of the season and the draft that scared teams away. I feel bad for these guys.

  3. Maybe there were too many dropped passes during the season. The NFL pays you to catch the ball.

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