Before the 2011 season, Michael Egnew was highly regarded as one of the best tight end prospects thanks to a 2010 season that saw him reel in 90 receptions for 762 yards and five touchdowns to land himself All-American honors.
However, the 2011 season was unkind to Egnew, as he saw a major drop in production for his Missouri Tigers. His 50 receptions for 523 yards and three touchdowns has left everyone wondering whether Egnew can still make an impact in the league.
At CBSSports.com, they have this to say about Egnew:
Deceptively fast but longest reception covered 39 yards at Missouri. Effort blocker who gets in the way more than he mauls. Deceptive speed and enough quickness to separate. Capable of tracking passes from many angles. Good sideline awareness, taps quick feet to stay in-bounds. Plays hard and with awareness, knows where the marker is.
Wes Bunting as National Football Post isn't quite as high on Egnew:
Has a long frame and the skill set to learn to play with his hand on the ground, but is going to need time. Isn't the type of dynamic athlete either to simply out run NFL defenders and looks limited in the type of routes he's going to be able to separate in.
While Egnew may have dropped off the radar some last college football season, it is hard to ignore the production he had during his 2010 campaign. If he can get back to that type of level, he could become a real steal of a draft pick.
A very solid pass-catching tight end, Egnew can be another playmaker for David Garrard (or Ryan Tannehill, if he wins the job) and the Dolphins. But to get on the field more regularly, he's going to have to work on his blocking.