Thursday, May 8, 2014
Buccaneers pick Mike Evans in first
By Pat Yasinskas
The pick: Mike Evans, wide receiver, Texas A&M
My take: An excellent "need" pick. The Bucs really had nothing else at wide receiver beyond Vincent Jackson. They needed someone to complement Jackson and they got that in Evans. In some ways, Evans is a Jackson clone. They're both big receivers. But coordinator Jeff Tedford can have fun figuring out ways to create matchup problems for defenses. This move isn’t just about the present. It's about the future as well. Jackson already is in his 30s. Evans can spend a year or two as the No. 2 receiver and then take over as the No. 1.
No Johnny Football: It appears as if the Bucs put out a successful smokescreen with reports that they were very interested in quarterback Johnny Manziel. This shows the Bucs are serious about going with veteran Josh McCown at quarterback.
What's next: There still is a glaring need at right guard. That almost certainly will be a target area in the coming rounds. The Bucs have started an overhaul of their offensive line, but they need to finish it.