2015 NFL Draft: Eight Under-the-Radar Sleepers

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Oct 26, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; UTEP Miners quarterback

Blaire Sullivan

(10) is tackled by Rice Owls defensive tackle

Christian Covington

(56) during the second quarter at Rice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

2015 NFL Draft Sleepers

3) Christian Covington, Rice DT

Covington is an extremely athletic defensive tackle. He generates a lot of power coming out of his stance and almost always wins the leverage battle. He creates an immediate push into the backfield on many plays.

He has good awareness as well, and has no problem finding the ball carrier and disengaging to go make the play. If Seattle isn’t planning on keeping Brandon Mebane for beyond the 2015-16 season, Covington would be an excellent replacement.

Only on field issue is balance, which is sometimes a problem that causes him to end plays on the ground. However, some good coaching might be able to take care of that with some technique adjustments. He also dislocated his knee cap in 2014, missing four games.

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