NFL Draft 2012: Missouri Tigers' Michael Egnew Listed As Top Five Tight End By Mel Kiper

Michael Egnew will be one of the top tight ends taken in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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Senior Bowl 2012: Michael Egnew Represents Missouri For North Roster

The lone representative from Missouri, Kansas or Kansas State playing in this week's Senior Bowl is also one of the top tight ends in the country, so at the very least he should see some decent playing time for the North roster. In this year's Senior Bowl, Michael Egnew is among the top pass catchers that scouts and general managers will be checking out as the Missouri tight end hopes to catch on with a team high in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft.

Egnew caught 50 passes for Missouri this year for 523 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. He ended his Tigers career with 147 catches and 8 touchdowns and he's been named by numerous analysts as one of the top tight ends available. Given the success of Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski for the Patriots who are now in the Super Bowl, other teams are likely to grab for more playmakers at the position than normal.

That bodes well for Egnew's draft stock and a solid Senior Bowl week could go far for Egnew.

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NFL Draft 2012: Mike Mayock Names Michael Egnew As Top Five Tight End

Michael Egnew is beginning to stand out among his peers in the upcoming tight end draft class for the 2012 NFL Draft to be held in late April. While there are many workouts, pro days, interviews and the NFL Combine between now and the actual draft weekend, Egnew’s stock is already at a solid spot for teams looking for a solid tight end addition.

Mike Mayock is the latest to give Egnew the stamp of approval, naming the Missouri Tigers product to his top five list of available TE’s. In front of Egnew, Mayock has Dwayne Allen at No. 1. Then he lists Coby Fleener, Orson Charles and Ladarius Green.

Egnew’s stock will likely be boosted by the ability of the New England Patriots to get to the Super Bowl. Tom Brady has enjoyed two prominent tight ends in the line-up this year with Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski as two of his primary receivers, along with Wes Welker and Deion Branch. The success of the Pats mixed with the copycat tendencies year to year of the most successful teams makes the acquisition of a strong pass catching tight end a plus in this year’s draft. That makes Egnew even more desirable.

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