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NFL Scouting Combine Watch: Evan Engram

Evan Engram

Evan Engram

When it comes to NFL 53-man rosters, versatility is invaluable. And at the tight end position there is not a prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft more versatile than Ole Miss' Evan Engram.

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Engram quite simply looks different than some of his big-bodied, lumbering peers at the position. At 6-foot-3, 227 pounds, he's basically a just a big wide receiver lining up all over the field and creating matchup problems.

He was the SEC leader in receiving yards heading into the final week of the season, before missing the Egg Bowl against Mississippi State. He played his finest game of the year against an Alabama defense that most people believe was the best in the country when he caught nine passes for 138 yards and a score.

When he gets to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, look for him to stand out in route-running and shuttles. He's also a threat to record the fastest 40 amongst all tight ends, having previously been clocked as low as 4.64 seconds.

If he can display some sure hands in Indy, there is a good chance he enters the conversation as a guy who could be drafted as high as the middle of the second round. As it stands, if he falls past the third round, he should be considered a steal.

He still has room to put more weight on, but the NFL club he ends up with may want to keep him lighter and quicker. He'd make a perfect complement in a two-tight end set opposite a bigger, traditional-sized blocker. That said, Engram can hold his own as a blocker as well. And though he never carried the ball in college, Engram's athleticism opens to the door for him to be used out of the backfield and on jet sweeps.

He's a fun player to watch, and definitely a guy to keep a close eye on at the upcoming Combine.

— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on,, Yahoo! and Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.