- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter
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In case you missed it, we conducted our NFL Nation live mock draft Tuesday.
I made the selection for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 7. It turned out to be one of the easiest things I've ever done.
With no hesitation and no viable offers to trade down, I quickly selected Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans. Yeah, I would have considered Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, whose speed might make him a better fit for the Bucs, but he was already gone.
Evans is a big receiver just like Vincent Jackson, who already is in Tampa Bay's lineup. Putting Evans and Jackson is going to cause matchup problems for some defensive backs. The Bucs still need a slot receiver, but they might be able to find that later in the draft. In time, Evans can be an eventual successor to Jackson as the No. 1 receiver.
I had two other thoughts in mind when the draft started. One was to take quarterback Johnny Manziel, which is something I think the Bucs could do in reality. But that wasn't an option after Cleveland took Manziel at No. 4. It was the same story for offensive tackle Jake Matthews, who went No. 6 to Atlanta.
In the end, Evans was the only logical choice for me.
In case you missed it, we conducted our NFL Nation live mock draft Tuesday.I made the selection for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 7. It turned out to be one of the easiest things I've ever done.