2014 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Mike Evans
To prepare for the 2014 NFL Draft InsidetheFilmRoom is breaking down the best 5 prospects from every position. This week we are examining the top wide receiver prospects and we are focusing our attention on Texas A&M’s Mike Evans today.
Built like a power forward, Mike Evans burst onto the scene as Johnny Football’s go to receiver in 2012. With his huge frame and wingspan, Evans routinely bailed out Manziel in jump ball situations and was always a viable target due to his ability to go up and over defenders. He dominated in his two seasons at College Station with 151 catches for 2,400 yards and 22 touchdowns. A true outside receiver Evans has the potential to be an elite deep threat in the NFL.
Physicality: Uses his 6′ 5″ frame well, can drag or run over defenders, great stiff arm, destroys press coverage, great blocker and is generally a beast with the football in his hands.
Long Strides: Good vertical speed, not great acceleration but great top speed, can run away from defenders in the open field, enough speed to separate on vertical routes and ran a 4.53 40 at the combine.
Great in Jump Ball Situations: Attacks the football at its highest point, can go over defenders for jump balls, dominates 50/50 balls, strong hands capable of hanging on to the ball in traffic and a true red zone threat.
Route Running: Ran a limited number of routes at Texas A&M, most of his catches came on go routes, comebacks or broken plays and can’t drop his hips and get in and out of his breaks.
Quickness: Not much wiggle in his game, lack of lateral agility, limited in the slot and struggles to gain separation on breaks.
Overall: A potential mismatch due to his incredible blend of size and speed, Evans is an elite prospect at the wide receiver position. His ability to beat press coverage, win in the red zone and beat defenses deep make him one of the most sought after skill players in this year’s draft. While he lacks the ability to gain separation with his route running, Evans doesn’t really need too because he dominates the catch point. Similar to Vincent Jackson but more dynamic with the ball in his hands.
Prediction: Top 15 Picks
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