The 2017 draft has come and gone, and now it’s time to look back at some of the most head-scratching selections of the weekend.
While there weren’t many egregious reaches, specifically on the first two days of the draft, there were picks that didn’t quite make sense.
These selections come from the first three rounds alone since teams look to fill needs on Day 3. Pick No. 23: Giants TE Evan Engram 1 OF 8
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With all but one player available from one of the best tight end classes in history, the New York Giants decided to spend the 23rd overall selection on Mississippi hybrid tight end Evan Engram. It was surprising to say the least, as Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller had given Engram a second-round grade.
While Engram was one of my favorite players throughout the predraft process, I didn’t love the selection for the Giants in the first round for a variety of reasons.
The first: New York already has a plethora of weapons, including a slot receiver in Sterling Shepard.
Engram’s best spot is as an oversized slot receiver. Both players win in the same area of the field with the same type of routes.
They are different in size (Shepard is 5'10", 194 lbs, while Engram is 6'3", 234 lbs), but they accomplish the same goals from the same position.
Aside from the clunky fit, the Engram selection didn’t address some of the Giants' more pressing needs. They could have addressed their offensive line or linebacker corps, but they decided to select a tight end instead.
A player such as Reuben Foster, Forrest Lamp or Ryan Ramczyk would’ve made more sense.
The third reason: New York passed on a better tight end in David Njoku. He’s younger, more explosive after the catch and a far superior blocker than Engram.
Njoku was the consensus No.
2 tight end and was picked later in the first round by the Cleveland Browns.
Engram may be a better player in Year 1, but it won’t be long before Njoku passes him.