- A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 3/78 - Michael Egnew, TE, 6-5, 252, Missouri...He's been a productive seam threat tight end during his career at Missouri, catching 147 passes for 1,332 yards and scoring eight touchdowns, most of which came in his two seasons as a starter. But fellow Tigers tight ends like Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman have fallen short of matching their college productivity. - The Sports Xchange
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A basketball and track standout in high school, Egnew didn't immediately make an impact at Missouri. But he leaves Columbia as one of the most accomplished tight ends in program history. He caught 50 passes as a redshirt junior, a steep decline from the 90-catch, five-touchdown season in 2010. Ten years ago, he would've been marked as a slow wide receiver, but the NFL definitely has a place for him in 2012.
Positives: Looks and runs like a lanky receiver. High-cut, long and lean frame. Deceptive speed and enough quickness to separate. Capable of tracking passes from many angles. Good sideline awareness, taps quick feet to stay in-bounds. Height helps him snare high throws but he also adjusts to low ones. Plays hard and with awareness, knows where the marker is. Runs with toughness and sheds tacklers in secondary.
Negatives: Deceptively fast but longest reception covered 39 yards at Missouri. Effort blocker who gets in the way more than he mauls. Narrow upper body and needs to add bulk and strength. Runs high and doesn't sink his hips or trace precise routes.