You can't teach height. And Mike Evans has it. Which is why the massive Texas A&M wide receiver, as expected went early in the 2014 NFL Draft, with the Buccaneers taking him at the No. 7 pick overall.
CBSSports.com senior writer Pete Prisco thought highly of the selection.
Mike Evans: This is who Bucs wanted. They were scared he wouldn't be there. They had to get a playmaker opposite Jackson. B+— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) May 9, 2014
Evans, the 6-foot-5-inch behemoth who served as Johnny Manziel's sidekick during their time with the Aggies, will instantly make an impact on the passing game, thanks in large part to his size. He also was drafted in front of Manziel.
The moment made for great TV.
A physical, towering receiver, Evans does an excellent job of attacking the ball at the highest point and taking cornerbacks out of the play. Even if he's not catching a ton of passes in his rookie season he'll be a tremendous red zone target.
Evans caught 82 passes for 1,105 yards and five touchdowns in 2011 before really blowing up in 2012 with 69 catches, 1,394 yards (a ridiculous 20.2 yards per catch) and 12 touchdowns.
As for payment ...
Mike Evans should sign a fully GTD 4-year, $14,631,502 deal with a $2,660,273 '14 cap number. His signing bonus should be $8,961,092.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) May 9, 2014