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Debate: Who is Mike Evans' best NFL comparison?

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Over the weekend, Mike Evans said he gets "a lot of Vincent Jackson comparisons" but he thinks a more apropos NFL player comp for himself is Chicago Bears all-pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Which NFL player do you believe is the best comparison for the former Texas A&M receiver?

  • Gil Brandt
  • Evans like a bigger Randy Moss

    Evans has hands that are almost as good as Calvin Johnson's. He just engulfs the ball. The scary thing about him is that he's just learning how to play football. Coming out of college, he is better than Brandon Marshall. If he works like he has in the past, his upside is unlimited. Evans reminds me of Randy Moss. He's a little stockier than Moss, but both guys are really good athletes who can get to the second level. Evans has a chance to be the best wide receiver in this draft.
  • Bucky Brooks
  • Playing style, dominance makes Jackson best comp

    I appreciate Evans comparing himself to Marshall, but I believe he compares more favorably to Jackson, a vertical playmaker with the size, speed and athleticism to win one-on-one matchups. Jackson uses his exceptional length and ball skills to dominate opponents in the red zone. When I look at Evans on tape, I see similar characteristics in his playing style and dominance. He thrived in one-on-ones on the perimeter, using his superior size and athleticism to win 50-50 balls. Additionally, Evans flashes explosive speed and quickness with the ball in his hands in the open field. He routinely turns short passes into big gains, which is a surprising skill for a man his size.
  • Charles Davis
  • Marshall fits, but Jeffery fits better

    Marshall is good comparison for Evans -- they have similar body types, and their height and wingspan give them a "catch radius" that any QB would appreciate. But my comparison for Evans is actually Marshall's running mate with the Bears, Alshon Jeffery. Again, their body types and "catch radius" are comparable, and I think Evans fits Jeffery's style better. Both have good, aggressive route running, and how they use their bodies to "wall off" defenders and go up and get the ball in any situation is very similar.
  • Daniel Jeremiah
  • Evans' jump-ball ability just like Jeffery's

    Evans is probably the best receiver in this draft at going up and getting those 50-50 balls. When I see him do that, and he did it often with Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M, it reminds me of Brandon Marshall's teammate, Alshon Jeffery, who had a breakout season last year. Evans is a little bigger, but both can go up and get the ball with the concentration at the point of attack needed to play big and haul it in.
  • Bryan Fischer College Football 24/7
  • Evans equals Colston with more speed

    I certainly see some Marshall in Evans, but Marshall seems a bit more explosive to me. Though he was on the opposite end of the spectrum entering the NFL Draft, Marques Colston also comes to mind. Evans is a bit faster than Colston, but he also possesses similar traits in terms of size, strength, ability to block and penchant to go up and get the football. After seeing a ton of Evans in college, it wouldn't surprise me if we're talking about comparing future draft picks to him after he gets a chance to put up some big numbers in the NFL.
  • Chase Goodbread College Football 24/7
  • Evans uses size just like Jeffery

    The way Alshon Jeffery caught the ball in traffic for the Chicago Bears last season, he might be the Evans comparison that makes the most sense. Jeffery abused SEC cornerbacks with his imposing size at South Carolina, just as Evans did at Texas A&M. Like Jeffery, Evans can "high-point" the ball as well as anyone and has learned how to get away with the slight shove downfield without drawing a penalty. While Jeffery needed one season to get his feet wet in the NFL, he showed off a lot of the traits in his second year as a pro (89 catches, 1,421 yards) that Evans' team will be expecting.
  • Mike Huguenin College Football 24/7
  • Like Jackson, Evans overpowers with size, surprising speed

    Evans has the size and potential to be as good, if not better, than Brandon Marshall. But the guy Evans reminds me the most of in the NFL is Vincent Jackson. Jackson doesn't look all that fast, but he can get deep and also can physically overpower smaller defensive backs, not just with his size but with his strength. I think of Evans in the same way: He doesn't look fast, but he somehow gets deep and makes big plays. And as Evans gets older, I can see him becoming stronger and more physical.


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