New York Giants: Five Reasons To Love The Evan Engram Pick
5. Filling A Void
This could be the No. 1 reason, but it’s important to cover this from the start. Some may feel that the New York Giants could have found a better player, but Jerry Reese found a prospect who perfectly fits what the team needed.
After relying heavily on one of the worst groups of tight ends in the NFL in 2016, New York finally invested in a playmaker at the position.
Will Tye led all Giants tight ends in 2016 with 48 receptions for 395 yards and one touchdown. The receptions count is ideal, but it translates to just 8.2 yards per catch and one score—far from desirable numbers for a contemporary tight end.
If there’s one thing that Evan Engram has proven capable of doing, it’s stretching the field with his borderline elite playmaking ability.
Engram will need to improve as a pass and run protector, but he’s an immediate upgrade as a receiver. He can step in and move the chains, find the end zone, and threaten defenses in ways that New York’s 2016 tight ends were simply unable to.
The Giants are in dire need of a tight end who can create after the catch, and Engram checks those boxes in an extraordinary manner.