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    31.WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M 6'5" 225

    01/02/14 - Texas A&M WR Evans declares for 2014 NFL Draft...“After talking things over with Coach Sumlin and my family I have decided to enter the NFL draft,” Evans said. “Thanks go to Texas A&M for giving me an opportunity to play college football. Thanks also to my coaches and teammates for helping me develop as a player and as a man. I made this decision based on what I thought was best for myself and my family.”
    He took down one of the oldest records in school annals when he exploded for 279 yards against then-top-ranked Alabama, which eclipsed the old mark of 250 yards set by Ken “Dude” McLean against Texas in 1965. A few weeks later, Evans broke the record again with 287 yards against Auburn. He also had four receiving touchdowns against the Tigers, which matched the school record originally set by Ryan Swope against Baylor in 2011.
    For the 2013 season, Evans gained a school record 1,394 receiving yards on 69 catches with an impressive 20.2 per catch average. The consummate big-play threat, Evans was the only receiver in FBS with more than 45 catches to average more than 20 yards per catch, and he led the nation with 17 catches of 30+ yards and ranked No. 2 nationally with 28 catches of 20+ yards. He also reeled in 12 touchdown catches, which matched the school record originally set by Jeff Fuller in 2010. - Texas A&M football

    Physical Tools: The first thing that jumps out at you is the Wide Receiver’s size. He’s a huge target that will tower over most corners. The issue is that he is still learning how to use this size. At times he shows dominance with it, at other times, he plays like he’s significantly smaller. His jumping ability is good. When it comes to running, his speed is not ideal, but for his size, he’s fairly agile and has excellent acceleration. Grade: A-
    Intangibles/Work Ethic/Miscellaneous: He plays in a spread offense, where concepts, plays, and terminology are very basic compared to the NFL. He knows how to play with a mobile quarterback and can very quickly adjust what he is doing to help that quarterback if he has to go outside the pocket or try to run it. His desire to learn and compete at the next level will be critical. He’s a guy that’s more focused on the team outcome and seems soft-spoken. Part of his success could be attributed to having a good relationship with Johnny Manziel. Having a good relationship with his quarterback at the next level could also have a similar, but to a smaller extent, a positive impact on his success. Grade: B
    Route Running: Evans’ Route tree is underwhelming to say the least; all he runs is slants, gos, and comebacks/curls. He is physical in trying to create separation, but sometimes too much so. There were a number of plays where he should have been penalized. His fluidity, going in and out of breaks, is somewhere in the average to above-average range. The tall wideout is still learning how to read defenses and understand what they’re doing to him. Grade: C+
    Catching: The Aggies wide receiver does a pretty good job of adjusting to less than precise throws as far as getting into position, but can’t seem to bring them down. Contested catches are something he will struggle to come down with much of the time. His sideline catches are a work in progress, but have a lot of promise. He knows how to catch a pass in-stride and keep going. Grade: B
    Release: Evans does a good job of beating jams at the line then taking off, but can have trouble getting open if he doesn’t win here. Grade: A-
    Kick Returns/Etc: Doesn’t return kicks in college, so he probably won’t in the NFL. Evans is a good blocker for a wide receiver, he just needs to learn a little more about who to block in certain situations. He could learn some moves to get more after the catch. As of now, he uses his size and strength to run through tackles. Grade: B+
    Durability: Evans has missed no games so far and his size should help him hold up well. Grade: A+
    Overall: As of now, Mike Evans is a guy with incredible size and an equal amount of potential. That being said, he’s very raw and will need either very good coaching, or a lot of patience. He will probably see a decent amount of time on the field as a rookie, but unless the team needs him to perform right away, he probably won’t be a full-time starter for at least a year or two. Grade: 2nd Rounder
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