Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: Five year history of the 23rd overall pick

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 28: Linebacker Kenneth Murray #9 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts to a defensive play during the game against the LSU Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 28: Linebacker Kenneth Murray #9 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts to a defensive play during the game against the LSU Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2017: New York Giants select TE Evan Engram

Evan Engram is yet another example of a player with a lot of potential that was selected with the 23rd overall pick that has not fully realized that potential because of injuries. This is particularly concerning for Charger fans, as the LA Chargers seem to have an injury curse that follows the team every single season.

Engram has been touted as one of the best young tight ends in the league that when he hits hit 100 percent output level will be someone who makes a massive difference on the New York Giants offense.

While Engram has been solid, he has been far from that tight end that analysts that he should be by now and has especially cost me several fantasy football losses.

Engram’s best year was his rookie year. He appeared in 15 games (the most of his three-year career) and started 11. He hauled in 722 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns. That is a great season for a rookie tight end.

Then he missed five games in his second season and was not producing at the highest level because of nagging injuries and missed half of 2019. In his three seasons with the Giants, he has started just over half of the total games the Giants have played (25/48).

Engram could still take that next step and in many ways, he is on the same level as Hunter Henry. Both are young tight ends with huge ceilings that have not stayed healthy.

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