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2015 NFL DRAFT

Mike Evans, WR

School: Texas A&M  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Sophomore  |  Hometown: Galveston, TX
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 231 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
921

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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4.462.591.6012 37-4.267.08
Workout Results
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers | #7
    No one attacked free agency like Tampa, which gives head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht plenty of options with this pick. Wide receiver is probably the likeliest scenario given the jettisoning of Mike Williams. Evans is a virtual clone of current Tampa star Vincent Jackson and would provide the Bucs with a monstrous duo of pass-catchers similar to the Brandon Marshall-Alshon Jeffery pairing Josh McCown enjoyed great success with a year ago.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers | #7
    The Bucs needs more weapons on the outside for Josh McCown and Evans could give him his own version of Brandon Marshall/Alshon Jeffery in Tampa with Vincent Jackson and the former Aggie.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers | #7
    They need a young receiver to go with Vincent Jackson, who isn't a kid anymore.
  • St. Louis Rams | #13
    Every so often a player falls for no reason. Evans is terrific and just what Sam Bradford needs on the outside. A few teams will pass on a wide receiver early because of the great depth at the position in this draft.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Highly physical receiver who uses his size and strength to simply bully defenders. Possesses an NFL-ready body, aiding him in his fight through press coverage, pushing off to generate consistent (if illegal) separation, when boxing out defenders on jump balls and in providing excellent downfield blocking for teammates.

Possesses excellent body control and sticky hands to make difficult receptions. Shows the ability to track passes over either shoulder, as well as the balance and hand-eye coordination to turn and adjust to the ball. Excellent red-zone target.

Evans challenges cornerbacks to tackle him, initiating the contact and, at times, dragging would-be tacklers for extra yardage. Does not possess elite burst but is a smooth accelerator with deceptive straight-line speed, making him a very effective deep threat.

WEAKNESSES: Classic long-strider who does not possess the preferred burst off the snap to instantly challenge defenders off the line or out of his breaks. Relies too much on his size and physicality to win at the catch-point because he struggles to gain consistent separation. Able to dominate the smaller, weaker corners at the collegiate level but could struggle to do so in the NFL.

COMPARES TO: Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Like Jackson, Evans is a huge target whose size, strength and body control make him equally dangerous when fighting off defenders for contested passes and when using his long strides as a deceptive deep threat.

--Rob Rang (1/1/14)

Player Overview

Evans was a two-sport star at Ball high school in Galveston, Texas, hauling in 25 catches for 648 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior while also averaging 18.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game for the basketball team.

He redshirted in 2011 before bursting onto the scene along with fellow redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel in 2012. Evans started all 13 games, leading the Aggies with 82 receptions for 1,105 yards, both school freshman records. He averaged 85.2 receiving yards per game and finished with five touchdowns.

Evans was named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award as a sophomore while also earning first-team All-SEC honors. He led the Aggies with 65 catches for 1,322 yards and 12 touchdowns during the regular season, breaking Ryan Swope's 2011 single-season school record of 1,207 receiving yards.

Evans caught four more passes for 72 yards in Texas A&M's victory over Duke in the Chik-fil-A Bowl, during which his strengths and weaknesses were on full display. Evans' size and physicality were often too much for the Blue Devils' defenders to contend with downfield, but he also was flagged for a pair of post-play 15-yard penalties - one for arguing a pass interference penalty that wasn't called and another for swiping at a defender's arms. He had to be calmed down on the sideline by Manziel and coach Kevin Sumlin.

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Buccaneers' picks: Round 1/7 - Mike Evans, WR, 6-5, 230, Texas A&M ... Evans, who did not play football until his senior year of high school, give the Bucs another big target opposite 6-foot-5 receiver Vincent Jackson. The Bucs believe Evans has the best hands of any player in the draft and his 4.53 speed will allow him to stretch the defense. - The Sports Xchange
 

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