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Instant Draft Analysis: Evan Engram

The Giants Beat examines New York's top draft choice and how he'll fit in with the G-men.

With David Njoku and Forrest Lamp still on the board, the New York Giants decided instead to draft Mississippi Rebels tight end Evan Ingram with the 23rd overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. 

 

Engram didn’t receive a lot of the hype that came along with O.J. Howard and Njoku, but he figures to have an immediate impact in New York.

 

He has the quickness and explosiveness of a slot receiver with a 4.42-second 40-yard dash time at the combine, and he provides a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses since his speed requires coverage from safeties or corners.

 

Engram can get open with short routes over the middle or vertical routes up the seam, and he he’s a great jumper, which makes him a viable red zone threat for Eli Manning to throw to.

 

With arms just under 34 inches in length, Engram has a wide catch radius and can snag passes that aren’t placed with pinpoint accuracy.

 

At 6 feet 3 inches and weighing just 234 pounds, Engram is a little smaller than the prototypical NFL tight end, but he makes up for that in spades with his athletic ability, speed and the nightmare matchup he can be for opposing defensive coordinators.

 

He’s a player who will more often than not be split out wide or in the slot and used as a receiving threat, and only time will tell if he’ll be an effective run blocker in this league.

 

The bottom line is, Evan Engram fills a big need for the Giants and finally gives Big Blue a promising tight end for Manning to throw to for the first time since perhaps Jeremy Shockey. 

He’s a player who elevates the Giant offensive from great to elite, and pushes them further into the forefront of Super Bowl contention. Engram surely wasn’t the name people were expecting, but general manager Jerry Reese has a track record over the past four drafts with selecting players who have immediate impacts right away.  

 

Giant fans need to trust him and realize just how fun it will be to watch Manning sling passes around the field to Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Brandon Marshall or Evan Engram this season.


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