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Mike Evans NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Tampa Bay WR
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Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M (HT: 6'4¾", 231 lbs)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

First Round: Seventh Pick

NFL Comparison: Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Combine Weigh In
Height Weight Arms Hands
6'4 3/4" 231 35 1/8" 9 5/8"

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Combine Workout
40-Yard Dash 10-Yd Split Vertical Broad Jump 3-Cone Drill Shuttle
4.53 1.57 37.0" DNP 7.08 4.26

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Positives

  • Possesses the prototypical size, strength and speed for a true No. 1 receiver.
  • Shows the leaping ability and body control to be an elite receiver in jump-ball situations, and consistently comes down with contested catches.
  • Knows how to use his size to position himself against the defensive back to be in the best position to come down with the football.
  • Works the sideline extremely well and is always in control of his positioning on the field.
  • His combination of size and speed makes him a dangerous weapon after the catch. 
  • Runs hard with the ball in his hands, and will initiate contact with smaller defensive backs.
  • Has the strength to fight off press coverage and the speed to make defensive backs pay when they attempt to pressure him at the line of scrimmage.
  • Gives a decent effort as a blocker and has the size to be dominant if he improves his technique.
  • Consistently came up with clutch performances in Texas A&M's biggest games.

 

Negatives

  • Limited route-running experience.
  • Majority of his catches in college came on comeback routes or broken plays when Johnny Manziel simply tossed a jump ball in his direction.
  • Wasn't often required to lose the coverage to get open because he relied so much on his size to win battles for jump balls.
  • Acceleration is average at best, hindering his ability to get over the top of the defense.
  • He's a long strider who takes time to get up to full speed, which limits his ability to quickly break free off the snap.
  • Due to his lack of elite speed and limited route-running skills, he can be shut down when getting the full attention of the defense.
  • While he can win one-on-one battles with most defensive backs, he can be held in check with a safety over the top.
  • Lacks the quickness and agility to make defenders miss in the open field.
  • Makes difficult catches in traffic, but occasionally loses focus and drops some easy ones.
  • Tends to lunge at defenders when blocking rather than trying to engage them. 

Collegiate Statistics
Year Team Rec Yards Yds/Rec TD
2012 Texas A&M 82 1105 13.5 5
2013 Texas A&M 69 1394 20.2 12

http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/_/id/517502/mike-evans

 

Personal Notes

  • A very emotional player who has lost control on the field before, most notably during the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl against Duke, where he drew two personal-foul penalties. 
  • Started all 26 career games at Texas A&M.
  • Also played basketball in high school and averaged over 18 points per game as a senior.

 
Ratings Chart

Chart created at nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

Evans is a prototypical No. 1 receiver and will be an ideal fit for a team that likes to challenge defenses down the field. Few receivers, even at the NFL level, are as dominant when battling for contested balls, and Evans should make an immediate impact in this area.

But don't mislabel him as strictly a possession receiver. In five games charted from the 2013 season (Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Duke and LSU), Evans averaged 9.3 yards after the catch. He's a dangerous weapon in many facets of the game and has the potential to quickly develop into one of the elite receivers in the game. 

 

Draft Projection: 1st Round

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