Could the Dallas Cowboys add Jason Witten’s eventual replacement in this year’s NFL Draft?
In his latest mock draft, the third of the offseason, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah made an intriguing selection for the Cowboys in Round 1. With the 28th overall pick, Jeremiah projected Ole Miss TE Evan Engram to Dallas.
Here is what he had to say about his choice:
“Engram would be a matchup nightmare in the Cowboys’ offense and he’d help Dak Prescott continue to develop into a top-tier signal-caller.”
The 22-year-old tight end had his best collegiate season as a senior, compiling 65 receptions, 926 yards and eight touchdowns. Over his fours years as a Rebel, Engram posted a receiving line of 162-2,320-15.
Engram fits the mold of a present-day NFL receiving tight end. He was a standout at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine where he measured in at 6’3″ and 234 pounds. The two-time Mississippi team captain ran a 4.42 40-yard-dash, recorded 19 bench reps and a 36″ vertical jump.
Compared to Cowboys veteran Jason Witten, who tips the charts at 6’6″ and 263 pounds, Engram will threaten pro defenses with his impressive athleticism. While he wouldn’t be counted on as much of an in-line blocker, Engram would add another dimension to the Dallas offense.
The future of the Cowboys current tight end group appears murky at best. Witten, 34, is entering the final season of his five-year contract with the Cowboys. James Hanna, 27, may not be fully recovered from his 2016 knee injury in time for offseason workouts. Geoff Swaim, a seventh-round pick in 2015, could have an outside chance for playing time going forward.
Overall, given the state of the tight end corps heading into 2017, the Evan Engram selection seems plausible.