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Washington Redskins 2017 Draft Profiles: Evan Engram, TE

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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2017 NFL prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

NCAA Football: Alabama at Mississippi Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Evan Engram, TE
School: Ole Miss | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-3 / 236 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 2nd Round
NFL Comparison: Jordan Reed

College Statistics

Player Overview

Whether or not Evan Engram is a wide receiver or a tight end in the NFL will likely be discussed until his position is listed during his rookie mini-camp. I don’t know why people have to nail down a position for him. With his level of talent, receiving ability, and adequate blocking, it really doesn't matter. Engram is a matchup nightmare for linebackers and quite frankly a good deal of cornerbacks. He possesses a crazy combination of length, speed, acceleration. This past season he really improved his footwork and route running ability. His athleticism allows him to line up in the backfield, inline, outside, and in the slot. Whatever team drafts him is getting a playmaker and transcendent player who’s going to cause pain for opposing defenses all over the field.

Strengths

  • Elite athletic ability for whatever position with fluid hips and movements. He can easily change direction and make defender’s look silly with his footwork and has the speed to turn on the jet after the catch.
  • Strong hands with the ability to pluck the ball out of the air and hold on after tough hits. Can go up and get it and make the tough catches.
  • Can stretch the seam and expose the middle of the field out of the slot or from the LOS.
  • A threat from anywhere on the field.
  • Outstanding size for a WR (if you view him as one).

Weaknesses

  • Less than ideal bulk for a prototypical TE.
  • Adequate as a blocker but consistency and technique need a lot of work.
  • Has several moments where the tough catches look easy and the easy catches look hard.
  • Needs to be more physical on the outside allows defenders to bump and disrupt his route occasionally.

Let’s see his work:

How He Would Fit On The Redskins

Do I want Evan Engram on the Redskins? Hell yeah. Is he really a fit? Probably not. At least as a TE. Engram is a light version of Jordan Reed. Like Reed, Engram is going to cause problems for linebackers and defensive backs alike in the NFL. If the Redskins had the type of offense that truly utilized a two TE set I would be all for Engram even in the 2nd round. But the offense as we have seen it already spreads the ball around quite a bit and the 2nd TE is not a heavy part of the receiving market share. Engram has great talent and is going to be a great TE or WR.

Now if we are talking about Engram as a WR then things look a little more clear with the potential departures of Pierre Garcon and Desean Jackson. Could you imagine Doctson and Engram on the outside while Reed and Crowder work the middle? Tantalizing. That’s also something I would be for, yes, even in the second round depending on what happens to the Redskins current receiving core in FA. Engram may not have the same physicality as Garcon or the speed Jackson has but he is simply a matchup nightmare due to his rare blend of size and athleticm.