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Cowboys' sixth-round pick Chris Covington making 'smooth' transition to NFL linebacker

Chris Covington thought there was a good chance he wouldn't get drafted. If he did, he certainly didn't think it would be by the Dallas Cowboys.

The former quarterback-turned-linebacker never had any contact with the Cowboys during the pre-draft process.

"I don't know a whole lot about the Dallas Cowboys scheme and their defense, but I know they like big linebackers that like to run and hit," Covington said minutes after Dallas drafted him in the sixth round last month. "I think I can do a whole bunch of that for the Dallas Cowboys."

Covington (6-2, 245) is a versatile linebacker who needs to contribute immediately on special teams to have a shot at making the 53-man roster.

"They're throwing a lot at us, but you got to learn to adjust and learn quickly," he said after Saturday's rookie minicamp practice at The Star. "At this level you have to prepare and catch up to the veterans, but it's been pretty smooth for me."

Covington began his collegiate career at Indiana playing quarterback. He saw action in five games at the position before making the switch to linebacker during his sophomore season.

Read the full article at Dallas Morning News