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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.