There are all types of tight ends in today’s NFL. Tight ends can be some of the most versatile players as they can be anything from primary on the line blockers, to slot and split end receivers. You don’t need one tight end to fill all of those roles, but it sure is nice. You need not look past the elite tight end’s in the game to see players that can effectively do it all, Rob Gronkowski, Greg Olsen, and Travis Kelce are prime examples of all around tight ends. In contrast, you have tight end’s that are used more for their receiving capabilities such as Jordan Reed and Jimmy Graham, not to say one style of tight end is better than another, they’re just different.
The focus of this article, Evan Engram, is definitely a receiving tight end, in fact, he may just be the exact definition of a receiving tight end. The question is not what style of tight end Engram is, instead, it is “Will Evan Engram be a franchise TE?” First, we should define what it is to be a franchise TE, a franchise player, in general, is a player you can trust with being a starter on your team now, and for years to come. A franchise TE more specifically, is a player that not only feel you can start but can be a weapon for you, someone that in a sense can be a go-to guy. I’m writing this to argue that Engram is just that guy. But like all players, Engram has strengths and weaknesses, let’s break them down.
Evan Engram has many strengths, most of them lining up in the athleticism category. Engram possesses great top end speed, along with elite quickness off the line. Engram has a great leaping ability and is as good of a route runner as you will see from a TE. He should be a matchup nightmare to line up with in the NFL for whoever is attempting to guard him. In the NFL, so often athleticism is what rules the day, and if you don’t have it, it can often be very hard to even get your career off of the tracks. Fortunately, Engram has it in spades.
At 6’3, 227 lbs, Engram, believe it or not, is a little bit on the small side. If he wants to be able to handle the physicality of the NFL, he may need to put on 15 to 20 Lbs. Speaking of physicality, Engram’s blocking must improve if he wants to be more than just a pass-catcher at the next level. While he may not be lining up on the line of scrimmage often, blocking is an integral part of every tight end’s skill set, and he must improve in this area in order to take his game to new heights. Lastly, while Engram is a great receiving tight end, his hands are behind the rest of his pass catching skills. While not an insurmountable problem, or even an uncommon problem for tight end’s, it would be nice to see his hands hold on to more passes.
Overall Evan Engram is a franchise Tight End because of his elite athleticism and receiving skills. Expect him to go in the second round, and contribute early in his career for whoever drafts him. He is an NFL ready receiver and just needs to sharpen up his blocking skills and add some weight. He’s a safe bet to have a nice, productive NFL career.
Near Best Case Scenario Pro Comparison:
Jordan Reed, Washington
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