Evan Engram Selected in First Round of NFL Draft
Evan Engram is the 23rd first-round draft pick in Ole Miss history.
April 27, 2017


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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram was chosen 23rd overall by the New York Giants in Thursday's first round of the NFL Draft.

Engram, who hails from Powder Springs, Georgia, is the school's fourth first-round draft pick in the last two years and the 23rd in Ole Miss history. He's the first Rebel tight end taken in the draft since Kris Mangum in 1997.

Ole Miss fans will be especially excited to see the connection between former quarterback Eli Manning and Engram as it develops in the Big Apple. Engram is the 31st Rebel to be drafted by the Giants, most by any NFL team. That includes the first Ole Miss draft pick, Jim Poole in 1937.

Over his sensational collegiate career, Engram became the first Rebel to be named All-SEC four times and finished as the all-time Ole Miss leader in receptions (162), receiving yards (2,320) and touchdowns (15) by a tight end.

As a senior in 2016, he earned first team All-America honors and won the Ozzie Newsome Award (nation's best tight end), Pop Warner College Football Award (excellence in football and community service) and C Spire Conerly Trophy (top college football player in Mississippi). He led all the nation's tight ends with 84.2 receiving yards per game and 5.9 catches per outing. He broke the Ole Miss single-season records for catches (65) and receiving yards (926) by a tight end and tied the record for touchdown catches (8) by a tight end.

Ole Miss has a great tradition of producing NFL talent, including 287 draft picks and 23 first-round selections. Last year, there were 23 Rebels in the league, including Super Bowl LI winner Brandon Bolden of the New England Patriots. 

Seven Rebels have been selected in the last three versions of the NFL Draft, including four first-rounders.

The second and third rounds of the NFL Draft will take place Friday at 6 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2, WatchESPN, NFL Network, NFL.com, NFL Mobile app). The final four rounds will begin Saturday at 11 a.m. (ESPN, WatchESPN, NFL Network, NFL.com, NFL Mobile app).

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