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Drafted By: Buccaneers
  • Round 1
  • Pick 7
  • Overall 7

Combine Results

Grade
6.42 ?
  • 4.53 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.08 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.26 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.58 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"He's what today's wide receiver is all about, with the advent of back-shoulder fade, and with big wide receivers playing outside the numbers and in the red zone. The buzz word is catching radius. When paired with Vincent Jackson it's going to be like basketball on grass." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'5" Height
  • 35 1/8" Arm Length
  • 231LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

His father, Mickey, was murdered when Mike was 9. Native Texan who only played one season of varsity football. Averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists on the hardwood and was considered a Division I basketball recruit. Redshirted in 2011. Started all 26 games in 2012-13 and was the Aggies' leading receiver both seasons. Catching passes from quarterback Johnny Manziel, racked up 82 catches for 1,105 yards (13.5-yard average) and five touchdowns in 2012 and 69 receptions for 1,394 yards (20.2) and 12 touchdowns in 2013.

Analysis

Strengths

Outstanding size and length. Functionally strong to power through the jam. Boxes out defenders and is a big red-zone target. Hardwood background is evident -- outstanding leaper with "above-the-rim" skills to go over top of smaller DBs and highpoint throws. Creates late, subtle separation. Tracks and adjusts. Makes contested grabs -- attacks throws and outmuscles defenders in a crowd. Nearly unstoppable executing back-shoulder catches. Strong, reliable hands. Very strong after the catch -- slams into tacklers, is a load to bring down and leans for extra yardage. Productive playmaker -- averaged 20 yards per catch in 2013 and showed up in big games (18-566-5 vs. Alabama and Auburn). Good blocker. Physically dominant and tough. Will be a 21-year-old rookie.

Weaknesses

Monotone mover with pedestrian speed. Cannot separate vertically or pull away from the pack. Unsudden acceleration. Stiff hips. Will have to make a living in traffic at the next level. Will struggle to separate vs. quick-twitch NFL cornerbacks. Did not run a full route tree and could require patience learning the nuances of refined route running. Backyard element to his college success -- must become savvier instead of depending on superior size and improvisational production. Can be hotheaded and lose control of his emotions. Basketball was first love.

Draft Projection

Round 1 (top 15)

Bottom Line

A prep hoopster with shooting-guard size, Evans combined with Johnny Manziel to form one of the most dominant quarterback-receiver connections in the nation the last two seasons. He's a big, physical, strong-handed, West Coast possession receiver with playmaking ability who projects as a No. 2 in the pros, where he will make his money as a chain mover and red-zone target.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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