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.