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2016 NFL Draft Scouting Notes: Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss

2016 NFL Draft Scouting Notes: Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
By Lijah Spencer (@tweaked74) 
Continuing on with the Tight Ends in scouting notes we look at a player who is maybe a bit more of a receiver than a tight end due to his size, but he may well be one of the most explosive playmakers in the country. Here are my notes.

Evan Engram. 6’3. 227 lbs. Ole Miss. TE. Junior.

The Positives

1) Engram has very good speed.

2) Has very good hands, ability to make one handed catches and catches out of his catch radius.

3) Very athletic, ability to make guys miss in the open field.

4) Gives good effort in blocking, both run and pass.

The Negatives

1) Needs to improve his route running.

2) May be undersized for a NFL tight end

Evan Engram is a 6’3 227 lb draft eligible junior who may be more suited to play wide receiver in the NFL than Tight end because of his size. Regardless, he is a playmaker who can make plays from all over the field. He has very good straight line speed and good acceleration, he is athletic enough to make guys miss in the open field, and he can break some tackles. He has very good hands, with the ability to make one handed catches as well as catch balls out of his catch radius. His longest play of last season was on a reception on an intermediate slant that he took for 83 yards. He had 11 catches of 20 or more yards, 6 of 30 or more, 4 of 40 or more, and 3 of 50 or more, so he is a threat from everywhere on the field. His run and pass blocking is good but not great. He does not have the power to move guys, but he does have the athleticism to get to them and sustain his block long enough for the play to happen. Engram does need to improve his route running. There is no guarantee that he declares for the draft, but if he does he will be a very interesting prospect to teams who want to create mismatches on the field.

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