Ht. 6-5 Wt. 251
Hands: The former WR is a natural hands catcher that very rarely drops the football. He catches the ball away from his body and at the highest point. He’s got extremely large hands and long arms which make for a large catching radius. He tracks the ball on vertical routes as well as any TE in this draft and can go up and get it.
Speed: Egnew has above-average speed for a tight end. He can stretch the field vertically along with being dangerous after the catch. He has a shiftiness and burst to his game that make him dangerous with the ball in his hands.
Release/Route Running: Tough to tell on either category as he was most often lined up on the outside. He beat jams against DB’s but will have to play in-line in the NFL and beat OLB’s and FS’s. He could struggle a bit initially in-line to get a free release due to his lack of experience. Egnew will be hampered in terms of route running because of the system he played in. Missouri runs out of the spread so he’s not familiar with an NFL route tree. He’s not as explosive as I would have expected. He looks slow off the line and has to slow down to get into and out of breaks. Egnew will need a strong showing in pre-draft workouts in this area.
Blocking: Again, he was flexed out more often than not and rarely was asked to block in-line at Missouri. Due to a lack of experience, Egnew is going to be behind the curve in terms of blocking in the NFL. He’s a lunger and generally doesn’t have a solid base when asked to block. Major concern will be can he block in the NFL?
Bottom Line: Teams looking for 6’5 251 pound WR at the TE position could come calling earlier than they should on Egnew. Missouri TE’s have not translated into good NFL TE’s since Gary Pinkel took over the program. He will need to improve as a blocker and route runner in the NFL to be selected early. His production took a major hit in 2011 without Blaine Gabbert at the helm.
Draft Projection: 4