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Height: 6'5 1/4"
Projected Round: 3-4
Mike Mayock recently named Michael Egnew as one of the top five tight ends available in the 2012 draft. Egnew was a consensus first team All-America after his junior season (90 rec., 762 rec. yards, five tds), but his numbers and draft stock slipped during his senior season (50 rec., 762 rec. yards, three tds).
Some of the drop off can be attributed to the loss of quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in last April's NFL draft. Egnew still had an impressive season and with his height and catching ability, he has the potential and ability to put up big numbers.
The tight end position is an area of intrigue for the Redskins: Chris Cooley missed 11 games last season and will be 30 years old at season's start. Fred Davis was having a great season before he was suspended four games for failing a drug test. Davis is also a free agent.
If Davis demands big dollars, the Redskins may not be quick to re-sign him. Egnew is one of the best receiving tight ends available and is a great red zone target. If the Redskins re-sign Davis and draft Egnew, they would boast one of the best TE duos in the NFC. If the Redskins don't re-sign Davis, then Egnew would be his replacement and has the ability to contribute immediately at a high level.