Heading into the NFL draft, it was my hope that a majority of the Bucs focus would be on the offensive side of the ball. The Bucs spent every one of their draft selections to help improve their offense including the pick of potential star Mike Evans.
The NFL has continually gotten bigger, stronger, and faster over the years. Evans size at 6’5” and 230 lbs. will fit right in with that.
A quick brainstorm of some of the most dominant receivers in the NFL would lead anyone to the same common denominator.
Calvin Johnson – 6’5”
Andre Johnson – 6’4”
Larry Fitzgerald – 6’4”
AJ Green – 6’4”
Dez Bryant – 6’3”
Demaryius Thomas – 6’3”
Brandon Marshall – 6’4”
Alshon Jeffery – 6’3”
Julio Jones – 6’4”
While speed is an important factor to having a “big play” wide receiver, size can be the difference between having a “big play” threat and having a dominant force on your offense.
Mike Evans possesses more than enough speed to make his big frame, long arms, and soft hands that much more valuable in the NFL. With probably the best hands in this past draft, Evans should be a star in the NFL sooner rather than later.
Rookie wide receivers typically do not put up huge numbers their rookie season because of the adjustment from college defensive backfields to pro defensive backfields, and I do not envision that being different for Evans. With Vincent Jackson on the other side, Evans will have an opportunity to make some plays as a rookie, but by year 3, Evans has the potential of being one of the most dominant receivers in the game today.
Evans’ blend of size, speed, and hands gives the Buccaneers a legitimate threat that opposing defensive coordinators will have to game-plan against for years to come.
The Bucs will stick with Josh McCown and Mike Glennon for now, but if they do decide to ever invest in improving that position with a talented rookie, the positive for that young quarterback is that he’ll have Mike Evans just scratching the surface of stardom.
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