MOBILE, Ala.—A lot of teams are going to be interested in Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram, so it’s no surprise that the Dolphins are among those taking a hard look at him. Miami badly needs a dynamic pass-catching tight end, and Engram would be a smart target in the second round.
He’s excited about that possibility after a few brief talks with Dolphins scouts during Senior Bowl week and is scheduled to meet with the team formally tonight.
“That’s a perfect fit,” he said. “Any team that you ask me about I’m going to say it’s a perfect fit, but their offense is really a good fit. I’ve always heard that with Jarvis (Landry) there and (DeVante) Parker and (Kenny) Stills out wide, they could use more of a threat in the middle to ease things up on some of them. That’s where I live, the middle of the field. So I think that’d be a great fit.”
It turns out one member of the organization has already made it clear to Engram that he’s on its radar, though this particular person probably doesn’t have the authority to make personnel decisions.
Left guard Laremy Tunsil, who played with Engram in college and just finished his first season in the NFL, reached out after the season to convey Miami’s interest.
“He’s told me that they want me,” Engram said. “He wants me there too. I think that’d be a good fit. I’d be privileged to play there.”
At 6-foot-3, 236 pounds, Engram is a hybrid tight end like Jimmy Graham, and he was an explosive threat at Ole Miss. He put up 65 receptions, 926 yards and eight touchdown catches his senior year.
He’s currently projected as a second-round pick, which could enable Miami to take a linebacker in the first round and try to get him at No. 54 overall.
The Dolphins planned on Jordan Cameron being their main receiving tight end, but that plan hasn’t worked out. Cameron missed most of last season because of a concussion, an ongoing issue that might end his career, and is a pending free agent.
That leaves Dion Sims, MarQueis Gray, Dominique Jones and Thomas Duarte as the remaining tight ends. Those four combined for 47 catches, 491 yards and five touchdowns. Sims, who had 256 yards and four touchdowns, is a pending free agent as well.
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