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Mike Evans solidifies his draft position too

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Sammy Watkins continues to look like the first receiver that will come off the board in May, but he wasn’t the only wideout with first-round buzz to run in Indianapolis on Sunday.

Mike Evans of Texas A&M and Marqise Lee of USC are considered the leading possibilities to be the next receiver selected in the first round and they posted similar times in their 40-yard dashes on Sunday. That’s probably better news for Evans than it is for Lee.

Evans posted an official 40 time of 4.53, which is a good number for a player whose leading attributes are his size and the way he used it to catch passes from Johnny Manziel in college. Evans is 6-foot-5 and 231 pounds and the speed he flashed on Sunday will only strengthen comparisons to Vincent Jackson that have come Evans’ way.

Evans is running with those comparisons. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that he’ll work out with the Buccaneers receiver, who was the 61st pick in the 2005 draft. Evans could wind up going 50 picks earlier.

Lee had an official time of 4.52, which is a bit lower than you might like to see for a receiver who measured in just shy of six feet at the combine. Lee certainly played faster than that during a terrific 2012 season, but struggled with injuries during a less impressive 2013 effort.

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22 Responses to “Mike Evans solidifies his draft position too”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 23, 2014 2:14 PM

    Could be 51 picks sooner if the Lions haven’t ruled him out at the 10 spot. There’s a few mocks out there that have him going to Detroit.

  2. thepftpoet says: Feb 23, 2014 2:15 PM

    Mike Evans is Cordarelle Patterson without the speed and elusiveness.

  3. Coach John Harbaugh says: Feb 23, 2014 2:16 PM

    lets all take a moment to welcome mike evans to the World Champion Baltimore Ravens

  4. djshnooks says: Feb 23, 2014 2:17 PM

    All I want and will ever ask for again is a big WR and a fast TE…do whatever it takes Buffalo. That is all I want. (And Bullough)

  5. sfm073 says: Feb 23, 2014 2:19 PM

    Playing receiver is about route running. There are only a handful of guys who have had the ability to just run by people.

  6. thepftpoet says: Feb 23, 2014 2:24 PM

    Mike Evans isn’t good enough to be on the Vikings roster.

    Pass.

    Bridgewater + Patterson + Peterson will be the best triple threat in the entire NFL.

  7. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 23, 2014 2:28 PM

    Steelers.

  8. alshonbrandontandem says: Feb 23, 2014 2:33 PM

    Mock draft (Top 10 picks):
    1) Hou: Johnny Football;
    2) Rams: Greg Robinson;
    3) Jags: Teddy Bridgewater;
    4) Cle: Watkins;
    5) Oak: Bortles;
    6) Atl: Clowney;
    7) Bucs: Mack;
    8) Minn: Derek Carr;
    9) Buf: Ebron;
    10) Det: Evans

  9. realnflmaster says: Feb 23, 2014 2:38 PM

    This doesn’t solidify his position though….

  10. shaggytoodle says: Feb 23, 2014 2:39 PM

    I agree that route running is more important that being fast all the great WRs, Rice, Harrison, Holt, and Cris Carter were excellent route runners.

    If being a blur going past the DBs was all that mattered in the NFL, Troy Williamson would be in the HOF.

  11. kev86 says: Feb 23, 2014 2:42 PM

    Evans in NYG blue would be big.

  12. nulla40 says: Feb 23, 2014 3:27 PM

    lets all take a moment to welcome mike evans to the World Champion Baltimore Ravens

    -dude, they’re not Champs anymore

  13. deidunx says: Feb 23, 2014 3:27 PM

    You can teach someone how to run routes well eventually, but you cannot teach size and speed.

  14. doubleogator says: Feb 23, 2014 3:50 PM

    Jerry Rice ran 4.6 he wasn’t too shabby…

  15. shaggytoodle says: Feb 23, 2014 4:39 PM

    Then why can’t Hester run routes?

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 23, 2014 4:43 PM

    Evans has Hernandez like intensity. But he’s taller, faster, and hopefully smarter. Lot of similarities, though. Mike’s father was murdered in a gang related incident when he was a kid.

  17. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 23, 2014 4:45 PM

    Evans is probably the toughest and smartest player in the draft. Manziel impressive too. Derek Carr, Anthony Barr, Seferian-Jenkins stand out, personality wise as well.

  18. holeinone09 says: Feb 23, 2014 5:30 PM

    Welcome to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and catching TDs from Ben.

  19. scmems07 says: Feb 23, 2014 6:06 PM

    This guy is going to be a beast imo, he is probably the biggest reason Johnny football is going so high in the draft, bailed him out of so many bad throws, let’s just hope he goes to a team that will showcase his talents with a good passing qb and passing offense.

    so basically as long as teams like Seattle, San Francisco, Minnesota, Oakland, the jets or buffalo doesn’t get him he will be great and fun to watch.

  20. shaggytoodle says: Feb 23, 2014 10:24 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Feb 23, 2014 2:24 PM

    Mike Evans isn’t good enough to be on the Vikings roster.
    _____

    Yet Ponder was good enough for the 12th overall selection.

  21. sirdrinksalot says: Feb 23, 2014 10:56 PM

    Welcome to Buffalo Mike Evans.

  22. foofooface says: Feb 24, 2014 12:57 AM

    Please football gods let him be there at 10 if we cant get Watkins. CJ with either guy would be an amazing tandem!!!

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