Finding Broncos: Scouting Ole Miss Tight End Evan Engram

MHH Senior Draft Analyst Erick Trickel has heard some high praise from his sources in Denver on the tight end out of Ole Miss. But is Evan Engram a Broncos fit?

Evan Engram, Tight End, Ole Miss Rebels

http://www.scout.com/player/166812-evan-engram?s=101

Combine Measurements 

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 234

Arm: 33-1/2"

Hands: 10"

Combine Results

40-Yard Dash: 4.42*

Bench Press (225 lbs): 19 reps 

Vertical Jump: 36 inches*

Broad Jump: 125 inches

3-Cone Drill: 6.92 seconds*

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.23 seconds*

* denotes a top performer

Stats

Year Receptions Yards TD
2013 21 268 3
2014 38 662 2
2015 38 464 2
2016 65 926 8

Medical History

Ankle injury his freshman year — missed a month.

Character

Clean.

Pros

Great catch radius. Can go up and get passes at their high point. His first five gears are so explosive. Good footwork as a receiver. Athletic freak of nature. Eyes quickly find the ball. Works everywhere on the field.

Deep option, short yard, middle, left right, anywhere he goes is a threat. Can get instant separation with outstanding burst out of moves and cuts. Competitive and high football IQ. Can find the soft spot in zone and sit in it. Mismatch nightmare. Too big for most corners, too quick for safeties and linebackers.

Cons

Doesn’t work his way back to the ball very well. Will need to learn to use his size vs defenders better. Run blocking leaves a lot to be desired.

Sometimes gives up on catchable passes too early. Hands need work and has dropped many passes. Struggles with fighting off/through contested catches.

Overview

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There is a reason many have talked about Evan Engram moving to wide receiver in the NFL. It is his lack of blocking. There doesn’t seem to be much to work with there, but there is a lot to work with as a receiver.

A good coach could work with him and develop something that resembles blocking, but he is going to get drafted for being a receiving chess piece. As a receiving threat, there are two prospects with more upside and higher ceiling than Engram in this draft.

Fit With The Broncos

The Broncos need a receiving tight end threat, and Engram is perfect for that. They could use him in a variety of ways and even give them a viable third receiver to work with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Engram just fits really well with Denver's coming scheme under Mike McCoy.

Draft Grade: Early second round

Where He Goes: Second round

Insider's Take: Per source, the Broncos are really high on Engram and have been for a while. They seem to have him graded higher than most other teams.

Erick Trickel is the Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ErickTrickel.

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