The New York Giants have a desperate need at tight end for the 2017 NFL season. Will Tye, Jerell Adams, and Matt LaCosse are currently set to man the position. Tye is a good burner but isn’t the solution. Adams and LaCosse are very raw and unproven. So where does New York turn? To the NFL Draft, where a deep tight end class is promising for teams like the Giants. Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram could be the solution in the second round.
Here’s a scouting report on Engram:
Extremely explosive athlete. Makes some ridiculous contested catches over defenders. Normal NFL linebackers will not be fast enough to cover him, as he is a matchup nightmare. Blocked and held up against top NFL draft prospects in Florida State defensive end DeMarcus Walker and Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson. Easily able to split out wide or in the slot as a receiver. Faster than some NFL wide receivers.
Needs to be a more aggressive blocker. Didn’t routinely block defensive ends, as he played out wide a lot. Concentration drops are fairly prevalent in his game; some very costly. Needs to learn to be more aggressive in fighting back to the ball and not allowing defenders to make a play. He is undersized to be a traditional tight end and needs to be placed in the right system to utilize his receiving skills.
A new-age, big, wide receiver-type tight end who is extremely fast and will be a dynamic receiving weapon from day one. Has upside as a blocker despite his small size, as evidenced by his blocking versus top defensive ends.
a faster Jordan Reed
Evan Engram would immediately slot in as a dynamic threat down the seam along with Will Tye and would provide another weapon for Eli Manning to throw to. He would be a piece the Giants can move around into the slot, out wide, or as an h-back. It doesn’t hurt that he also would provide a boost to the Giants’ running game with a solid amount of blocking upside, something desperately needed at the tight end position for New York.