OXFORD, Miss. — You know a player killed it at the NFL combine when he says his pro day was leisurely. Such is the charmed life of Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram right now.
Engram, a hot commodity in pro football circles, “didn’t test at all” during the Rebels’ pro day workouts on Monday. Instead, he let his combine numbers — highlighted by a blistering 4.42 in the 40-yard dash — and athleticism speak for themselves while he showed off one last time in Oxford.
“I was really pleased with my numbers in Indy,” Engram said. “Didn’t feel the need to work out and trying to improve on anything. I just came out here and did some blocking drills with some tight end coaches and did the script in the passing game. It was kind of a chill day until that (route-running) session.”
Engram’s special blend of size (6-foot-3, 234 pounds), speed and pass-catching abilities no doubt have teams clamoring to land him on draft day — so much so that some in the scouting community believe he could give Ole Miss its fourth first-round pick in two years.
But with the draft fast approaching, how does the man himself feel?
“I believe I’m a first round pick,” Engram said. “If that happens, it’s all in god’s hands. Just what I bring to a table, what I bring to a team on day one, I believe I am.”
Engram plans to be with his family during draft weekend. In the meantime, he has visits lined up with the Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers and Los Angeles Rams. The Arizona Cardinals may also travel to Oxford for a private workout.
Some NFL teams have even considered drafting Engram, the most prolific tight end in Ole Miss history, as a wide receiver given his relatively thin frame. So he ran some outside receiver routes on Monday, hoping to show off his versatility, and also “picked the brains” of former Ole Miss wideouts Cody Core and Donte Moncrief — both of whom were on hand for pro day.
Wherever he winds up, the NFL clearly sees a ton of potential in Engram. The only remaining question is the Georgia native’s draft day destination, and that’s the part Engram wishes was over already.
“I’ve been really patient, but it’s starting to run out,” he said. “I’m just ready to know where I’m going.”