Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri
Grade: 6.5 (Grading Scale)
Arms: 33″ Hands: 9 3/4″
Vertical: 36″ Broad:10’11” 3 Cone: 7.03 Short Shuttle: 4.32 Bench: 21
Strengths: Egnew is a big bodied and athletic tight end – Egnew has the ability to stretch the field down the seam – Works the middle of the field well, can make tough catches in tight spaces – Knows how to use his body to shield the defender from the ball – Takes contact well, can break tackles and run through arm tackles – Large catching radius, 6’5″ frame with 36″ vertical jump creates one of the largest receiving targets in the draft – +Vision, tracks the ball well and watches into his hands – Catches everything with his hands, very rarely does he allow the ball to get in on him – Has some ability after the catch, 4.63 forty was among the best at the position – Former wide receiver, can go up and get the ball – Egnew is a big weapon inside the red zone, where he can use his big body and large catching radius to create space – Can be moved around the formation to create match-up problems, best suited for a spread type passing offense – Maximum effort guy, plays to the whistle and went hard on every play – Didn’t complain this year even though there was a drastic reduction in the number of targets – Egnew fits the bill as the new hybrid type TE.
Weaknesses: Egnew, like all Missouri tight ends, wasn’t asked to block much, if at all – He is going to need to basically learn how to block from scratch, technique obviously needs a ton of work as does the mentality to block – Isn’t an in-line tight end, despite size and strength, never lines up on the line of scrimmage – Doesn’t really explode off the line – Production dropped off big time as a Senior, but that can be directly linked to the change of QB – Needs to get more physical.
Despite the lack of blocking experience, there is still a spot for Egnew in the NFL. His size and athletic ability can create matchup problems for defenses. With the NFL moving toward multiple tight end formations and relying more on the position Egnew should hear his name called sometime late on day two or early on day three.
Last Updated: April 6, 2012