Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 3/78 - Michael Egnew, TE, 6-5, 252, Missouri...He's been a productive seam threat tight end during his career at Missouri, catching 147 passes for 1,332 yards and scoring eight touchdowns, most of which came in his two seasons as a starter. But fellow Tigers tight ends like Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman have fallen short of matching their college productivity. - The Sports Xchange
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A basketball and track standout in high school, Egnew didn't immediately make an impact at Missouri. But he leaves Columbia as one of the most accomplished tight ends in program history. He caught 50 passes as a redshirt junior, a steep decline from the 90-catch, five-touchdown season in 2010. Ten years ago, he would've been marked as a slow wide receiver, but the NFL definitely has a place for him in 2012.
Positives: Looks and runs like a lanky receiver. High-cut, long and lean frame. Deceptive speed and enough quickness to separate. Capable of tracking passes from many angles. Good sideline awareness, taps quick feet to stay in-bounds. Height helps him snare high throws but he also adjusts to low ones. Plays hard and with awareness, knows where the marker is. Runs with toughness and sheds tacklers in secondary.
Negatives: Deceptively fast but longest reception covered 39 yards at Missouri. Effort blocker who gets in the way more than he mauls. Narrow upper body and needs to add bulk and strength. Runs high and doesn't sink his hips or trace precise routes.
Egnew was a first-team All-Big 12 selection at tight end after reeling in 50 catches for 523 yards and three touchdowns in 2011. He was the Tigers' second-leading receiver in terms of both catches and yards and averaged just over 40 yards a game. He enjoyed his best outing of the year against Baylor, posting 12 receptions against the Bears and had a 105-yard receiving effort on six catches against Iowa State. The two-year starter hauled in 147 receptions for 1,332 yards and eight touchdowns in 26 career starts for the Tigers.
Won consensus 1st-Team All-American honors, first-team All-Big 12 accolades and Missouri team MVP as he burst onto the scene by leading all the nation's tight ends with 90 receptions for 762 yards and 5 touchdowns - all coming after he caught a combined 7 passes for 47 yards in his first two seasons as a Tiger … Ranked third in the Big 12 and 10th in the nation with 6.92 receptions per game … His 90 catches on the year ranked third on MU's single-season receptions list and tied him with Chase Coffman for the MU season record for tight ends … Made 10 receptions for 60 yards against Illinois in his first career start … Scored the first touchdown of his career on a six-yard pass from Blaine Gabbert in the fourth quarter in MU's comeback win over the Illini … Had six catches in the home opener against McNeese State for 52 yards … That included a career-long 29-yard reception … Set a new career high with 13 receptions against San Diego State … Had 145 yards against SDSU, also a career best … The 13 receptions and 145 yards set new school single-game record for tight ends at Mizzou … Had four receptions for 41 yards in the victory over Miami (Ohio) … Caught two touchdowns against Colorado on receptions of 10 and seven yards … Caught six passes for 52 yards vs. CU … Had 10 receptions for 87 yards against Texas A&M … Caught a pass of Mizzou's first three plays of the game against TAMU … Had seven receptions against Oklahoma, including game-high 12-yard catch … Led the team with seven receptions against Nebraska for 70 yards … Caught three pass for 16 yards against Texas Tech … Made eight catches for 55 yards against Kansas State, including a long of 25 yards … Led the team with seven receptions against Iowa State for 77 yards … Put the Tigers on the board with an 11-yard TD catch in first quarter vs. ISU … Made five receptions for 35 yards against Kansas, and closed the year with a 7-catch outing in the Insight Bowl against Iowa, for 64 yards and a key touchdown.
Saw action in all 13 games and caught 3 passes for 25 yards on the season ... Played mostly at tight end, but later in the year, his versatility allowed him to line up at different receiver spots in certain offensive sets ... Had a six-yard reception in the opening game of the year against Illinois ... made a catch for 8 yards against Furman ... Caught an 11-yard pass against Iowa State on Nov. 21 ... Suffered a high ankle sprain late in spring camp that was fixed surgically, which forced him to miss the spring game, but the procedure got him healthy in time for the summer ... Was impressive enough prior to the setback to be named the team's Most Improved Tight End at the spring game.
Earned playing time as a true freshman and saw action in 13 games at the tight end spot ... Ended the year with 4 catches for 22 yards ... Caught 2 passes for 11 yards each in games against Southeast Missouri State and again against Iowa State, when he helped the Tigers wrap up their second consecutive Big 12 North Division championship ... Also spent considerable time on the Tiger kickoff return unit as part of the front line, and was also part of the hands team that defended onside kick attempts.
A two-time All-District wideout who was named an all-midwest region wide receiver by PrepStar ... Served as a team captain in 2007, and turned in 34 receptions for 587 yards and 5 TDs on the year, while also rushing 10 times for 53 yards ... As a junior in 2006, caught 8 passes in his first varsity season for 266 yards ... Three-sport standout who also excelled in basketball and track and field, where he placed 2nd in the state championships in the long jump ... Has a career best long jump of 24-4 and a triple jump best of 43-feet ... High school coach - Marty McClintock.
Parents - Richard & Ersa Egnew ... Is the eighth of nine siblings ... Is interested in studying in MU's College of Business, perhaps in the area of international business ... Lists football, basketball and listening to music as his hobbies ... Major attractions to Mizzou included the Tiger coaches, players and campus ... Chose the Tigers over Purdue, TCU and New Mexico, among others.
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12/24/12 - TE Michael Egnew was active for the first time all year and played eight snaps with zero targets.
12/24/12 - TE Michael Egnew was active for the first time all season but did not have a catch.
12/12/12 - TE Michael Egnew has been inactive for all 12 games this season and the rookie third-round pick is by far the biggest disappointment on the team this year.
Though many fans expected him to be Ryan Tannehill's big red zone target this year, Egnew has disappointed with his inability to learn how to block or to master the complex playbook.
Even with the Dolphins' season over at 5-8, don't expect to see Egnew suit up this year.
"When they say he's available, so be it," offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said of his bosses. "The consistency has to be a part of his game and that's what we're looking for from him. He hasn't 100 percent shown that consistency just yet in practice. He shows signs of greatness every once in a while, but you want to see it a little bit more often."
12/10/12 - TE Michael Egnew, a rookie third-round pick, has been inactive for all 13 games, and doesn't look like he will see the field in his final three games.
"It's really a question that I think Coach (Joe) Philbin and (general manager) Jeff Ireland have to answer," offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said. "I'm focused on the guys we have. When they say he's available, so be it. He's had some really good days in practice. (He) made a couple great catches last week actually on scout team, but the consistency has to be a part of his game and that's what we're looking for from him.
10/22/12 - TE Michael Egnew, the Dolphins' third-round pick, hasn't played in a game this season because of his limitations as a blocker. Offensive coordinator Sherman has been ultra critical of the Missouri product, even saying on HBO's "Hard Knocks" series that he'd cut him despite his draft status, but it appears the offensive coordinator is past the tough love period. Now he's being more encouraging. "I think he's making progress. I really have been on him pretty good since he's been here, and I think it's been recently I've been fairly complimentary of him, how he practices, how he's developing," Sherman said.