Giants draft first tight end in Round 1 since 2002.
The New York Giants, in need of a seam-busting tight end for their offense that finished 25th overall last year, added Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram, 6’3″, 234 pounds, five picks after top-ranked tight end O.J. Howard of Alabama was taken off the board b y Tampa Bay.
Engram is also the Giants first tight end to be drafted in the first round since Jeremy Shockey in 2002.
Giants general manager Jerry Reese, who kept his perfect streak of not trading out of his assigned draft spot in the first round, said the team did not consider moving up to get Howard, before quickly shutting down any further questions about trading in the first round at ll.
Instead he wanted to focus on Engram, a player whom the Giants are hoping will rejuvenate the middle of the field for them.[graphiq id=”64DRD4OYW9f” title=”Evan Engram Receiving Stats (2016)” width=”600″ height=”590″ url=”https://w.graphiq.com/w/64DRD4OYW9f” ]
“We think that this guy can be a dynamic weapon in our offense,” Reese said. “Obviously he has great speed for the position – we think that he can be a match-up nightmare for teams trying to cover him with linebackers and safeties, so he was a guy that we liked a lot.
“Our coaches liked him a lot and it seems like they can use him in our offense in a lot of different ways and we think that with this addition as a fast receiver down the middle along with some of the other receivers we have, that we can help the offense out some.”
Head coach Ben McAdoo, who noted that the “quickest way to the end zone is through the middle of the field” also likes Engram for the versatility he brings.
“I think he’s a guy that’s played multiple positions. He has special teams versatility. He has some snap to him, snap to his body as a blocker. He’s willing as a blocker. Again, the speed just jumps off the tape. The yards after a catch just jumps off the tape at you.”