Feb 25, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Missouri Tigers tight end Michael Egnew participates in a catch and run drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

NFL Draft 2012: Michael Egnew Picked Up By The Miami Dolphins In Third Round

The NFL Combine is in a few weeks and will be one last opportunity for college players to impress NFL scouts. Both the Missouri Tigers and Kansas Jayhawks will have players attending the Combine.

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NFL Draft 2012: Michael Egnew Suffers From Links To Former Missouri Tight Ends

The pro careers of recent Missouri tight ends like Chase Coffman or Martin Rucker might make NFL front offices a little more leery than they should be of considering current Mizzou product Michael Egnew in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft. Scouts generally place Egnew among the top five tight ends available, and mocks will place him somewhere in the middle rounds. However, all it takes is for one team to fall in love with him, and Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has a few scouts’ opinions as the draft nears.

McGinn has Titans scout Johnny Meads saying, “You’re kind of leery because of [Missouri’s history with tight ends],” Meads said. “He runs really well. He had production. Nowadays, how they use tight ends, I think he can be that type of guy.”

Another scout is not so sure however. “They don’t teach them how to block there and then he shows up at the Senior Bowl and has no idea,” one scout said. “In that offense they don’t ask him to run routes. It’s all straight-line, find the space and get open. Or throw it up and you can jump and go make a catch. Real good kid. You’re betting on the come.”

Egnew had 147 catches and 8 touchdowns in his Missouri career.

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NFL Draft 2012: Missouri's Dominique Hamilton Set To Make An Impact Like Other Former Tigers

The 2012 NFL Draft is begins in almost exactly one week away, and while most prospects are sweating the small stuff wondering if their names will be called during the seven-round, three-day event, former University of Missouri defensive end Dominique Hamilton isn't worrying too much.

That's because the 6-foot-5, 320 pounder, who's projected to go in the middle rounds, is confident that he will join the long list of Tiger defensive players in the NFL.

"There will come a time when people will be like, 'Do you see all these Missouri D-linemen killing it in the NFL?'" Hamilton said. "They'll start using social media and making videos of us.

"I'm waiting for that day."

Hamilton maybe right, as over at SB Nation's blog Mocking The Draft, writer Dan Kadar broke down the strengths and weaknesses of Hamilton and had some positive things to say:

Strengths: Plays with a lot of effort and has some nastiness to his game. Carries his weight extremely well for a big player. Has a frame to add more weight and possibly transition to nose tackle in the NFL, which he also did at Missouri. Great length. Does a good job of getting a hand up into passing lanes.

Weaknesses: Needs to be cognizant of how high he comes off the snap. Loses his leverage by letting linemen get underneath him. Quickness of the snap is questionable. Needs to develop secondary pass rush moves. Likely a rotational-only player. Missed part of 2010 with a broken ankle.

Come the first day of the NFL Draft, Hamilton may not have his name called, but, in the end his impact -- as many Tiger fans have seen -- could be a big one.

For mrsore on the Missouri Tigers, head over to Rock M Nation. For complete coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft, check out SB Nation's 2012 NFL Draft page and Mocking the Draft.

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/04/18/4004352/hamilton-wants-to-be-missouri.html#storylink=cpy
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NFL Draft 2012: Michael Egnew Draws Comparisons To Leonard Pope

From the multiple scouting reports and mock drafts now available, Michael Egnew's draft status is becoming clearer, and it looks like the Missouri product is going to end up somewhere in the middle rounds. There are a number of tight ends that are all projected around the same place, with names like Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen expected to go ahead of them. Egnew needs just one team to fall in love with him more than the others to go earlier, but it's likely he's a third-to-fifth round selection.

One player he draws comparisons to is Leonard Pope, according to Walter Cherepinsky, and given the longevity of Pope's career that's a good thing. He writes:

Egnew doesn't have the size of Pope (6-8, 264). However they have a similar-style game. Pope is able to contribute some as a receiver, but his lack of foot speed limits him from getting yards after the catch, just like Egnew. Entering the NFL, Egnew doesn't ever project to being as good a blocker as Pope is. Pope was a third-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, and Egnew looks like a mid-round pick.

The 2012 NFL Draft runs from April 26-28.

For more on the Missouri Tigers, head over to Rock M Nation. For complete coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft, check out SB Nation's 2012 NFL Draft page and Mocking the Draft.

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