We are almost two weeks away from the 2017 NFL Draft. Around this time, rumors start to heat up regarding which teams like which prospects. One rumor that seems to be growing stronger is Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram to the Chicago Bears.
Engram reportedly flew out to Halas Hall and met with the team on Sunday. He knows what they need, and he fits that need perfectly.
‘‘I know they just lost Alshon [Jeffery], so they’re definitely looking for that big-body receiver,’’ Engram said. ‘‘They have Zach Miller. He’s been doing a great job and doing a lot for the offense, when healthy.
‘‘I definitely know that they’re looking for another vertical threat in the passing game and a guy who can mix it up and a ‘move’ guy.’’
Engram fits that mold to a T.
At 6’3″ and 234 pounds, he’s a bit lanky for a tight end. However, he more than makes up for his lack of bulk with his pass-catching abilities and athleticism.
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Engram ran a jaw-dropping 4.42 40-yard dash at the Combine. He was also a top performer in the vertical jump, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuffle.
As crazy as those numbers seem, they were even more crazy in person. I got to watch Engram live at the Combine, and his athleticism stood out, even in such an athletic tight end class like this one. He just moved so well for someone his size. He looked like a better athlete than a lot of the wide receivers out there.
Engram also dominated the gauntlet drill at the Combine, as well. He displayed great speed, hands and body control. While some tight ends often ended up zig-zagging on their straight-line “route”, Engram stayed in control and maintained a straight pattern.
He’s not much of a blocker, as his size would indicate. However, the Bears already have a blocking tight end on their roster: Dion Sims. In the long run, Sims and Engram would be a balanced and dangerous tandem.
Bears fans also understand that Engram is a good fit. According to this chart below, he is the second-most associated player with the Bears on Twitter:
— Bears Barroom (@BearsBarroom) April 10, 2017
The Bears could use another weapon in their lackluster passing game. Engram would be a fantastic target for them in the long run.