Evan Engram, Tight End, Ole Miss Rebels
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
Ankle injury his freshman year — missed a month.
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.
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.
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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.