After being drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Missouri tight end Michael Egnew will join eighth-overall pick and Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, an athlete he played against in both high school and college, in Florida.
Egnew, who many analysts projected to go in the fourth round, said he was looking forward to joining Tannehill on the same team after playing against him in the past.
"It's incredible to be picked by any team, especially a great one like the Dolphins," he said. "I'm just excited, I'm ready to go. It'll be real fun."
Egnew said he wasn't concerned with being drafted by a team in a warm region of the country. He wasn't going to complain about heading to Miami.
"South Florida's not a bad place to be," he said.
Egnew is the first Missouri player to be taken in this year's draft.
Egnew was the third tight end to be selected in the draft, following Stanford's Coby Fleener and Clemson's Dwayne Allen, who were both selected by the Indianapolis Colts.
Egnew finished his career at Missouri with 147 catches, including eight touchdowns and more than 1,300 yards. Egnew's most accomplished season was his junior season in 2010 when he was named a consensus 1st-Team All-American, leading all collegiate tight ends with 90 receptions.
Egnew joins a recent trend of Missouri tight ends being drafted, following in the path of Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman. Rucker was drafted by Cleveland in the fourth round in 2008, while Coffman was drafted by Cincinnati in the third round in 2009.
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