Bucs 1st Round Pick: WR Mike Evans
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Mike Evans – Wide Receiver – Texas A&M
6’5″ 231 pounds – Sophomore
Michael Lynn Evans started all 26 games he played with the Aggies, hauling in 151 receptions for 2,499 yards and 17 touchdowns. While he had more catches in his freshman season, his receiving yards per game improved dramatically in 2013, from 13.5 to 20.2. Evans averaged over 96 yards per game in his career, making him only the 3rd SEC player in history to average over 90 receiving yards per game (Jabar Gaffney Florida, Josh Reed LSU). Received All-American First Team honors from the NFL Draft Report and Associated Press, a unanimous All-SEC first-team pick, and a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award in 2013.
At 6 feet 5 inches, Evans will be a nightmare for secondaries to game plan. His long arms, leaping ability, and deceptive speed should provide a mismatch against corners in the vertical passing game. He’s big, physical, with strong hands and can be a threat anywhere on the field, especially in the red zone. Can also be a handful over the middle as a possessional receiver, as he is hard to bring down. Could improve on route routing and separation.
BOTTOMLINE FOR THE BUCS:
With Mike Evans paired with Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay now has a lethal wide receiving core on the outside. Evans is essentially Vincent Jackson, with better speed. His basketball background will be huge in one-on-one match ups on the gridiron, boxing out defenders on jump balls and back-shoulder fades. He will provide a boost in Tampa’s passing game, an area they struggled mightily last year. He will give Josh McCown another big play option out wide and in the red zone.