Draft Pick Analysis: TE Michael Egnew

What kind of players did the Dolphins get in the 2012 NFL draft? We break down each selection, looking at their college career and examining how they could fit into the team's plans. This installment looks at third-round pick Michael Egnew.

TE Michael Egnew, Missouri

Selected: Round 3, 78th overall

Size: 6-5, 251

College highlights: Egnew arrived at Missouri as a 210-pound wide receiver and moved into the starting lineup in 2010. He made the most of his opportunity, catching 90 passes with Blaine Gabbert as the Tigers quarterback. Egnew's reception total dropped to 50 in 2011, although his average increased significantly (from 8.47 to 10.46). Egnew had eight touchdown catches over the last two years. Egnew was a consensus All-American in 2010 and a first-team All-Big 12 selection last year.

Personal info: Egnew graduated in December 2010 with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the College of Business at Missouri. ... He's the eighth of nine children of Ersa and Richard Egnew.

How he fits in: Egnew joins a Dolphins tight end group that already includes veteran Anthony Fasano and second-year player Charles Clay, but his receiving ability is likely to land him a role in the offense in 2012 anyway. Egnew definitely figures to contribute on special teams right away, and how much he'll play on offense will depend on what he can show the coaches in training camp and the preseason.

What he said: "I definitely see myself as a pass-catching tight end, but I'm through and through a blocker as well. I just want to go and learn everything that I can and be the best I can for my team."

What Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland said: "He is very athletic and a very good pass-catching tight end. I saw him at the Senior Bowl and had some time to visit with him there, and he really impressed us at the Senior Bowl because he started playing a tight end position. At Missouri, he was really detached most of the time, and I got to see him put his hand in the dirt and come off and hit someone as a tight end, so he has some versatility and he's someone who we are very interested in working with."


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