Thursday, April 17, 2014
Ravens draft primer: Mike Evans
By Jamison Hensley
With 21 days until the NFL draft begins, here is another potential draft prospect for the Baltimore Ravens:
Position: Wide receiver
School: Texas A&M
Height/weight: 6-foot-4, 231
Round projection: First
File this away: Evans averaged 13.4 yards per target last season, best among wide receivers with at least 40 targets.
Good: Evans is the consensus No. 2 wide receiver in this draft behind Clemson's Sammy Watkins and has the tools to be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL. He's an extremely physical receiver who uses his size and strength to simply bully defenders and beat defenders on jump balls. Evans is a productive playmaker, averaging 20 yards per catch last season. He has no fear going over the middle and is a terror to bring down after the catch. Evans takes pride in his blocking.
Bad: His temper got him in trouble on the field and raised questions about his maturity. Evans drew two personal fouls in Texas A&M's bowl game last season. He needs to develop as a route-runner and can be slow getting out of his breaks. Evans doesn't have elite speed and struggles to get separation deep downfield.
Bottom line: Evans was a popular pick for the Ravens in the earlier mock drafts, but it's highly unlikely he slips to the Ravens at No. 17 now. It looks like Evans will be taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 7. Other potential landing spots are the Buffalo Bills (No. 9), Detroit Lions (No. 10), New York Giants (No. 12) or St. Louis Rams (No. 13). If Evans and Watkins are taken in the top half of the first round, as expected, it would be a reach for the Ravens to take another wide receiver at No. 17.
What Evans said: "You know, I get a lot of Vincent Jackson comparisons, and that's a great comparison. But I think Brandon Marshall. He's vicious after the catch. He's a big, physical guy who can go up and get it. So, I've modeled my game after him since high school."