The web site devoted to SEC sports calls Ole Miss’ Evan Engram the best “receiving” tight end in the conference, maybe the nation, but the second-best overall tight end in the league behind Arkansas’ Hunter Henry.
The difference is blocking.
Henry has good hands but also helped the Hogs produce two thousand-yard rushers.
Truthfully, both tight ends have thrived in the different ways in which their coaches have used them.
Henry had 37 catches for 513 yards and two touchdowns last year. He averaged 39.5 receiving yards per game.
Engram’s primary task has been to use his athleticism to create mismatches in the passing game. He had 38 catches, two for touchdowns, and set an Ole Miss record for receiving yards by a tight end with 662.
He led SEC tight ends with receiving yards and receptions and led the nation with 17.4 yards per catch. He was a unanimous first-team All-SEC selection and was named All-America by Sports Illustrated.
Tight ends coach Maurice Harris challenged Engram to improve his blocking in spring drills, and Harris said Engram made strides.
Different strengths in the two players to be sure. How would you rank the tight ends?