Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Daily draft dish: Jets like Mike
By Rich Cimini
With draft day (May 8 ) rapidly approaching, we'll whet your appetite with a daily factoid, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information. We'll keep it New York Jets-centric, sticking to team needs, possible selections, trends, etc.
On Monday, Texas A&M's Mike Evans was one of a handful of high-profile wide receivers who visited the Jets. Evans has the size and speed to take the top off a defense, which is what the Jets need. In fact, he averaged 13.4 yards per target last season, best among wide receivers from the BCS' automatic-qualifying schools (minimum: 40 attempts). Evans made a lot of magic with Johnny Manziel, who went 13-for-25 when targeting Evans on passes of 25 yards or longer. His 13 receptions on passes of this distance led all AQ receivers.
Unfortunately for the Jets, there's virtually no chance that Evans slips to the 18th pick. They'd have to trade up because he figures to go anywhere from seventh to 12th.