Draft Profile – TE Michael Egnew


MICHAEL EGNEW/TIGHT END

Personal

Michael Egnew

Born – November 1, 1989 in Plainview, Texas

Family – Parents are Ersa F. and Richard D. Egnew. Michael is the eighth of nine siblings, with the Egnew clan ranging in age from 35 to 20 – Benjamin, Daniel, Jacob, Anthony, Martha, Amy, Michelle, Michael and Uriah. He’s the twin brother of Michelle. Most of the children were adopted.

Physical

  • Height – 6-feet, 5¼ inches.
  • Weight – 252 pounds.
  • Arm – 33 inches.
  • Hand – 9¾ inches.
  • Wing span – 78¼ inches.

NFL Scouting Combine

  • 40-yard dash – 4.62 seconds.
  • Bench press – 21 reps at 225 pounds.
  • Vertical jump – 37½ inches (Mizzou Pro Day).
  • Broad jump – 11-feet, 3 inches (Mizzou Pro Day.)
  • 3-cone drill – 7.03 seconds.
  • 20-yard shuttle – 4.32 seconds.

Hometown

Egnew was born and raised in Plainview, Texas, the county seat of Hale County in the Texas panhandle with population of more than 22,000 fans. The local economy is built largely on agriculture and ranching.

High School

Plainview High School is part of the Plainview Independent School District and has a student population of approximately 1,500 in grades nine through 12. Egnew was a three sport star, for the Bulldogs, competing in football, basketball and track & field.

Football

Playing for head coach Marty McClintock, Egnew was a wide receiver/linebacker.

2007 – He was named All-District WR and served as team captain. He caught 34 passes for 587 yards and 5 TDs, and also had 10 rushing plays for 53 yards. Plainview was 1-9 on the season.

2006 – Egnew caught 8 passes for 266 yards, averaging 33.3 yards per catch with two touchdowns for the Bulldogs largely run-oriented offense. He had 10 tackles on defense as PHS went 9-4 on the season.

Track

Egnew placed second at the Texas 4A state championships in the long jump as a junior with a jump of 24-feet, 4 inches. As a senior he jumped 23-feet, 9 inches, taking first place. His career best long jump was 24-feet, 4 inches. His career-best mark in the triple jump was 43 feet.

Recruiting

Rivals.com had him as 2-star recruit, at 6-5, 200 pounds. Scout.com rated him a 2-star wide receiver.

Final decision came down to Mizzou, Purdue, TCU and New Mexico. He verbally committed to the Tigers in June 2007.

College

Egnew earned his bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management in December ’11.

2011 – Earned first team All-Big 12 Conference honors on offense while his production went down as QB James Franklin was breaking into the starting lineup. His best game was against Iowa State when he caught six passes for 105 yards and one touchdown. It was the second 100-plus yard performance of his career.

2010 – Consensus All-America and John Mackey Award finalists, along with first-team All-Big 12 status and team MVP for the Tigers. He led all tight ends in the nation with 90 catches for 762 yards and 5 TD catches. He made his first start and scored his first touchdown in the ’10 opener against Illinois. Against San Diego State, he caught 13 for 145 yards, setting new Mizzou records for catches and yards by a tight end in a single game.

2009 – Egnew played in all 13 games and after missing spring practice because of a high ankle sprain that eventually required surgery. But he was able to get back and play from the start of the season.

2008 – He saw action in 13 games as a true freshman.

Year

G/S

Rec

Yds

Avg

TD

Att

Yds

TD

Rec.

2011

13/

50

523

10.5

3

3

8

0

8-5*

2010

13/

90

762

8.5

5

0

0

0

10-3*

2009

12/

3

25

8.3

0

0

0

0

8-5*

2008

13/

4

22

5.5

0

0

0

0

10-4*

Total

51/

147

1,332

9.1

8

3

8

0

36-17

*-(2011) Independence Bowl; (2010) Insight Bowl; (2009) Texas Bowl; (2008) Alamo Bowl.

Video

Collection of plays from his 2010 season – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diclp2_25ys

Egnew vs. Kansas State 2011 — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YscGqtOU8ag

Evaluation

Strengths – Outstanding receiver for the tight end position. Catches balls in his hands and with his big paws he can snatch them out of the air. He’s athletic and able to get open and he’s gifted in jumping ability that he can go up and fight for the ball. Egnew at times can be explosive coming off the line of scrimmage or when he’s running a route. While he’s not particularly fast, he’s able to move the sticks.

Deficient – While athletic, he’s not very elusive when he tucks the ball and runs in open spaces. In the Missouri offense he runs to spots on the field, rather than run through a route progression and that is something that will hurt him at the next level. For most of his time at Mizzou, he was split wide and seldom had anyone head-up on him, so he doesn’t have experience getting off press coverage. His gangly build does him no favors when it comes to blocking, something he was not asked to do much of and it shows. When asked to be in space and wall off a defender, he’s seldom able to do so.

Analysis – One dimensional player at the position. His time as an in-line blocker is almost non-existent and as you can see on the tapes, he seldom blocks anybody. Even though he’s a gifted athlete, he does not operate well when trying to block in space. Smart kid and shows signs of being a smart player.

What the scouts said

An AFC scout said – “The kid catches passes where very few other receivers could even get their hands on the ball, let alone bring it in for a completion. But he can’t block a lick and that’s going to make him a marginal contributor.”

An NFC scout said – “He’s just like (Martin) Rucker and (Chase) Coffman that came out of that offense. They line up wide left or wide right and do not have any experience when it comes to being a real tight end. Those two kids didn’t make it in the NFL, but he has a chance because he’s a more gifted athlete.”

What Michael Egnew said

“The season (2011) turned out pretty well for us. We won eight games and any time you are talking about a number like that, it’s good for a college football team. What I was concerned about was just winning.”

“When you go to Mizzou you are no longer part of a team. You are the member of a family. I just became part of it. It was a huge privilege to be part of that program and part of Missouri.”

What others said about Michael Egnew

“We have our Michael Egnew plan. We’ve got the big ‘E’s’ beside all the plays on the script that we think will end up in his hands. So when we need a play or we’re struggling a little bit, those are the things we’re looking for to bail us out, because he’s become that kind of player.” Missouri offensive coordinator Dave Yost.

Does Michael Egnew fit with the Chiefs?

Not likely, due to his lack of blocking experience and background in those duties. Every team in the league would like to have Egnew’s hands and his receiving ability. But the Chiefs have always sought players who have the complete package of abilities for that position, or have the versatility to play more than one spot if necessary. Egnew would not seem to fit that pattern.

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