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2014 NFL Draft: Mike Evans in play for Browns at No. 4

By Derek Harper | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com

The Cleveland Browns have long been a wild card in the early stages of the 2014 NFL Draft as holders of the No. 4 overall pick. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has often been linked to the Browns, but another name to keep a close eye on is former Aggies teammate wide receiver Mike Evans.

Even if Clemson's Sammy Watkins, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated wide receiver, is still on the board at No. 4, a source familiar with the team's thinking told NFLDraftScout.com that Evans will still be in strong consideration. DraftInsider.net's Tony Pauline also reported the Browns are have Evans rated higher than Watkins.

Evans, 20, is still raw in several areas, but also flashed the impact potential NFL teams covet at the wide receiver position and has steadily risen to No. 9 on NDS' board. No one is better in this draft than Evans when it comes down to boxing out defenders, high-pointing the football and basically being a power forward on the field.

Factor in his 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame, 4.5 speed and underrated ability after the catch, and Evans has the makings of a future superstar.

The ideal scenario for the Browns would be to find a way to get both Manziel and Evans and reunite that College Station passing connection in Cleveland. But that might be a longshot with both projected to be top 10 picks.

Watkins is an explosive playmaker, but he isn't the consensus top wide receiver prospect in this class as more than a few teams have Evans rated higher due to his size and overall potential.

One thing is for sure, it would not take long for Josh Gordon and Evans to challenge to be the top wideout tandem in the NFL if he in fact is the pick for Cleveland at No. 4 overall.

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