2014 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Preview – Mike Evans
Some great talent coming into the league this year. Tons of teams in need of adding depth and talent outside the numbers. With all the young Quarterbacks that have taken over the league in the past three-to-five years, we saw plenty of teams build their receiving corps through the draft. Lots and lots of big, tall, strong play-making receivers available this year. We can expect to see a ton of rookies make an impact in 2014, just hope your team drafted the right one!
2. Mike Evans,WR, Texas A&M, 4.53 40-yard dash
Texas A&M Wide Receiver Mike Evans combined with Aggies QB Johnny Manziel to form one of the most dominant quarterback-receiver connections in the nation over the last two seasons. Evans is big, 6-foot-5 230lbs big. He is a physical, strong-handed, West Coast possession receiver with play-making ability who projects as a No. 2 in the pros where he will make his money as a chain mover and red-zone target.
Catching passes from quarterback Johnny Manziel, Evans was able to rack up 82 receptions for 1,105 yards (13.5-yard average) and 5 touchdowns in 2012 and 69 receptions for 1,394 yards (20.2-yard average) and 12 touchdowns in 2013
Evans posses outstanding size and length. He’s functionally strong to power through the jam, able to box out defenders and is a big red-zone target as mentioned before. He is a monster size receiver that uses his size and strength to bully smaller defensive backs. He will need to improve off the jam coming into the pros but with his long arms and ability to create separation with his long strides, defensive backs may find themselves in trouble if they get up in his face.
He was named a finalist for the Bilenikoff Award as a sophomore while also earning first-team All-SEC honor.s Evans led the Aggies receiving corp with 65 receptions for 1,322 yards and 12 touchdowns during the regular season, breaking WR Ryan Swope‘s 2011 single season school record of 1,207 receiving yards.
Evans is nearly unstoppable executing back-shoulder catches. He has strong, sticky, reliable hands. He is a very physical receiver and very strong after the catch, he slams into tacklers fighting for extra yardage and is a load to bring down. He has graded out as a solid No.2 receiver and if he lands in the right spot could turn into a very productive play-maker and fantasy producer. Well worth taking the gamble on Evans as a late No.3 or No.4 Fantasy WR depending on what team he makes home.