NFL rookie contracts are slotted, so they have become a mostly drama-free process.
The New York Giants signing of first-round pick Evan Engram was really an afterthought. But getting the paperwork out of the way now allows Engram to concentrate on his NFL acclimation process.
With the signing, Engram becomes the final 2017 New York Giants draft pick to ink his rookie deal. Despite not having a signed contract in place, Engram did participate in OTAs and mandatory mini-camp.
The jockeying for draft positioning has become a sport in and of itself in NFL circles.
According to Forbes magazine, comparing Mitchell Trubisky’s (the second pick) salary to Engram’s new contract is enlightening. The difference in the signing bonus alone amounts to about $13 million. The difference in first year’s salary comes in about $3 million.
“There is over $1 billion in contracts at stake during the NFL draft, with over $476 million of that stemming from the first 32 picks. With over half of that (approximately $287M) guaranteed as signing bonuses, being selected in the highest possible draft slot is absolutely critical to the financial outlooks of these hopeful draftees.”
Grabbing Engram in the first-round also means that the New York Giants hold a fifth-year option on the rookie deal.
Engram on the field
Now that he’s signed, sealed and delivered, Engram will have to make an impact on the field. Reports from New York Giants OTAs and mini-camp indicate that Engram is as advertised. For an athlete who measures in at 6-3, 234 lbs., Engram still runs a 4.42 forty-yard dash. He also has a 36-inch vertical leap, according to NFL.com.
Heading into the draft, Engram was not assured of being a first-round pick. But the New York Giants took a gamble and grabbed the athletic tight end at the 23rd pick.
“He’s a matchup nightmare. He can block on the perimeter. He’ll be an immediate impact player. His skill set is closer to Mike Evans. He runs routes like a wide receiver. I don’t care what you call him. Eli (Manning) is gonna say ‘Wow, I love this kid.’” — Mike Mayock
The reality is that everyone looks good in OTAs and mini-camp. The real test for Engram will come when the lights come on, and he plays against NFL competition. For all his athleticism, Engram still must prove proficiency as a blocker.
Source: Gmen HQ