By Alexander George. For the first time since the New York Giants drafted tight end Jeremy Shockey in 2002(1st Round, 14th pick overall), Giants General Manager Jerry Reese used the team’s first round draft pick, twenty third overall, on tight end Evan Engram from Mississippi.
The Giants felt it was time to provide Quarterback Eli Manning some additional firepower on offense. Based on the lackluster performances of previous tight ends Larry Donnell (54 games, 110 rec., 969 yards, 9 TDs) and Will Tye (19 games, 90 rec., 859 yards, 4 TDs), the draft pick for Engram was needed and overdue. Engram upgrades the position for the Giants and is an immediate starter.
Evan Engram runs good routes and uses his speed to get open quickly. At 6’3” tall, 236 pounds, Engram has 4.40-forty speed and looks more like a slot or hybrid. He’s posted impressive numbers more akin to a wide receiver than a tight end. In his senior year, Evan Engram hauled in 65 receptions for 926 yards and 8 TDs in just 11 games. Engram is an All-American first team player who led all tight ends in college his senior year with 84.2 receiving yards per game and with almost leading 6 receptions per game. He was also tied for second place with 8 TD receptions.
As for his career numbers, Evan Engram had the most receiving yards (2,320) and receptions (162) than anyone from this tight end draft class. The reason for these explosive numbers is that Engram is sure-handed, possesses sharp footwork, and can change direction quickly. His ability to make the tough catches only proves his value at the position.
Although his blocking skills are average, the Giants will use him more like a receiver. The organization acquired Rhett Ellison (HB/TE) via free agency from the Vikings to fulfill the blocking responsibilities of the tight end until Engram is ready to fully take over the role.
Fantasy Football Outlook
Evan Engram is a gem. He should establish himself as a TE2 this season in all fantasy football formats. It’s even possible Engram becomes the lead tight end for the Giants as the season wears on even though that would be an ambitious milestone for a rookie tight end.
Needing to provide protection for quarterback Eli Manning, look for the Giants to draft an offensive tackle in the second or third round of the NFL Draft. Some of the current offensive tackles available are: Cam Robinson, Alabama; Antonio Garcia, Troy; Julie’n Davenport, Bucknell; and Erik Magnuson, Michigan. Also, the Giants will look to replace defensive tackle Johnathon Hankins. Some of the current defensive tackles available are: Chris Wormley, Michigan; Charles Walker, Oklahoma; and Charles Watkins, Clemson.