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Prospect Profiles: Michael Egnew


TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6-6, 252, 4.62



A tall, long, athletic pass catcher who has the frame to continue to get even bigger. However, as of now, he looks thin through his base and legs. He doesn’t play as a traditional tight end, and for the most part lines-up in the slot on a regular basis from a two-point stance and is asked to work nearly exclusively as an “off the line Y.” He possesses impressive coordination and body control for his size, gets into his route well for his size, has a nice feel for zone coverage in the pass game and works himself well into soft spots underneath. Is a massive target to throw at, extends his arms well when covered up and can pluck routinely off his frame. He possesses average speed down the field and has the ability to run away from backers across the field, but there isn’t a real explosive element to his game.

Gets a bit leggy at times out of his breaks, he keeps his feet under him on inward breaking routes, displays average fluidity in the hips and can be sharp out of his breaks. He crosses the face of defenders quickly, snaps his head around and locates the throw quickly while maintaining the body control to snatch off his frame or drop his pad level and adjust. Loves to work the jerk route underneath as well, changing speeds in order to set up defenders and then quickly redirecting and separating in the other direction. Exhibits solid ball skills and body control when asked to go up and make a play on the football at its highest point. Can be a major asset in the red zone. However, doesn’t create much of a burst off the line and/or out of his breaks. More smooth than sudden/explosive and is going to be limited as a route runner underneath because of his struggles to separate.

Isn’t asked to block from a three-point stance or with his hand on the ground, and is used mostly in the bubble screen game where he can really handle defensive backs. Can drop his pad level and create a jolt into contact but is going to need time to learn to play with his hand on the ground and use that big frame to gain leverage.

Impression: Has a long frame and the skill set to learn to play with his hand on the ground, but is going to need time. Isn’t the type of dynamic athlete either to simply out run NFL defenders and looks limited in the type of routes he’s going to be able to separate in. More of a vertical threat guy who needs to adjust to the ball in order to make plays.



• Natural hands catcher
• Outstanding body control, leaping ability
• Explosive athlete
• Makes difficult catches look easy
• Competes in traffic — enters the fray


• Gangly build
• Nonexistent in-line blocking experience
• Very marginal core strength
• Straight-linish
• Simplified route tree — runs to spots
• Not elusive with ball

The Way We See It:

A one-dimensional pass catcher in a similar mold as former Tigers TEs Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman. Suffered through marginal QB play as a senior and lacks the frame to ever get much bigger.

FF Toolbox:

Michael Egnew is a big tight end prospect who will be a great target for quarterbacks to throw the ball at. Egnew can line up in the slot and works well in open space. For a player of his height, he has great body control when going up to make a catch. NFL teams will likely want him to add weight, but his athletic potential will trump those concerns.

Egnew has long stride speed and can create after the catch. He’s a very good route runner for his position and will work defenders ragged with nice cuts inside and outside. Egnew does a great job boxing out defenders, using his frame to his advantage. He has good, but not great hands. Sometimes gets caught trying to get upfield before securing the ball.

He will need to be coached up playing out of a three-point stance. Missouri opted to use him out in space by creating mismatches against smaller defenders. Egnew’s blocking is very limited and it’ll take time for him to grow as a well-rounded tight end. For now, he’s a wide receiver in a tight end’s body.

A strong combine has likely secured Egnew his spot in the middle rounds.


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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Michael Egnew is an athletic tight end prospect. In the mold of these “joker” tight ends. Not much of a blocker, but can line up in the slot and beat safeties and make plays down the field. He’s coming from a spread system that has produced hyped tight end prospects who haven’t panned out. Egnew is in that mold. The Giants have Martellus Bennett, so they don’t need a tight end right away. That’s why Egnew is intriguing. They have the luxury of developing him, beefing him up a bit, teaching him how to block and let his blocking catch up with his natural athletic ability. The potential is there. If he’s thrown into the fire, he might struggle. However, if he can be allowed to develop a bit, he could turn into a big time player.



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7 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Michael Egnew”

  1. Big Daddy says:

    I wonder what would have happened had Coughlin said “This kid Beckum is a WR not a TE”, well that would have changed things a bit.

    Beckum and like this kid Egnew are not TEs. The square peg NFL some times has to see this, but so many coaches do not have the foresight to take a player and find a use for him within his skill set.

    This kid will never be a true TE, he will never learn to block and never put on the necessary bulk to do it. So let him be who he is, a talented receiver and line him up in the slot or as a split end or even on the LOS but split out. As long as he is not asked to block anybody bigger than a safety unless it’s a chip or a double team. If you make him a pure WR he will succeed much more than trying to make him a pure TE.

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