MJW wrote:Howard is an every-down tight end, and his blocking is superb. I mean that. But he's not that guy. You know who he is? Marcedes Lewis has been used. How about Kyle Brady? Heck, how about a RICH MAN'S Kyle Brady? High pick. Excellent blocker, able to snag some TDs and catch 3 or 4 passes a game. An asset to every team he played for.
But you know what? Give me the 4.45 dude who can catch 90 passes a year, even if he is a mediocre blocker. I'll learn to live with it.
I respectfully disagree. For one thing, with Evans, Jackson and Brate already on the team it's unlikely any rookie is going to come in and catch 90, unless there are injuries.
The bigger issue is that Howard is likely every bit the receiver that Engram is. Engrams speed doesn't exactly blow Howard away. Their best 40 times were only .9 of a second apart while Howard is a much taller, heavier and stronger player. Not to mention that Howard averaged more YPC in college than Engram while getting sent out as a receiver far less often.
As you said, Howard is a true every down TE. As I said, I don't see a compelling reason why Howard can't produce in the passing game on par with Engram. The biggest reason thrown about is that he didn't blow up the stat sheet in college, and I believe that was due to everyone's friend, Lane Kiffin, using a stallion TE as a 6th lineman most of the time. Howard has enough tape to show than when you throw it to him, he makes good things happen, just ask the 2016 Clemson team. I have vastly more confidence in Howard being a dominant receiver than I do Engram ever being an average blocker. Howard is a day 1 starter in any offense, Engram is a gadget you have to figure out how to fit in. Howard will give us extreme schematic versatility, Engram will require you to move him around so he doesn't get abused at the line.
It's a moot point though, because Howard isn't going to be on the board for us. So it's more likely that nearly everything I just said about Howard over Engram can be transferred to Njoku over Engram, except the bits about Lane Kiffin's idiocy.