The Ole Miss star is joining Eli in the Big Apple
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 28, 2017,
Apr 28, 2017, 8:58
Engram might be a very valuable weapon for the Giants, but they had more pressing needs than a hybrid tight end with their first choice in the NFL Draft. The only team that successfully shut him down last fall was Louisiana State, and that was by using a combination of two first-round talents, safety Jamal Adams and cornerback Tre'Davious White.
Manning texted Engram, 22, shortly after the Giants placed the phone call to the latter's home in Georgia, offering congratulations with the advice to "enjoy the moment". Engram can stretch the middle of the field with his speed and has the overall quickness to make plays after the catch. "I know what I bring to the table". Enter Engram, perhaps the most explosive seam-busting tight end in the country.
Engram will make an impact, but the biggest story out of the Meadowlands is the pair of positions-left tackle and quarterback-that the Giants opted not to address with their first pick. It will be interesting to see how the Giants attack the second day of the draft, as Engram is a hybrid player that doesn't exactly fill a need.
"I knew for a fact that I should be [selected in the first] and I was just praying that I was".
Engram was the second tight end off the board after Alabama's O.J. Howard (who Reese confirmed the Giants did not try to trade up for). "This is an unbelievable feeling", Engram said. Eli Manning texted me after to tell me congrats...
The pick was somewhat surprising because Miami's David Njoku, considered by many analysts to be the second-best tight end in the draft, was still on the board at No. 23.
"Engram, 22, is a 6'3" and 234-pound playmaker who can take the top off of a defense as a true mismatch nightmare.
At Ole Miss, Engram finished with 162 receptions, 2,320 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns, all tops in program history for a tight end. "He has that versatility, he has the smarts to do that, so I would envision that we would use him in a similar fashion because that's a benefit that he has".
"I think that the tight ends that come out of the offenses nowadays, these college offenses, these guys are more H-back-type players", Reese said.