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Scouting Report: Texas A&M WR Mike Evans
- Updated: January 9, 2014
Name: Mike Evans
School: Texas A&M
2012 Stats: 82 Receptions for 1105 Yards (13.5 Avg), 5 TDs.
2013 Stats: 69 Receptions for 1394 Yards (20.2 Avg), 12 TDs.
After two years of catching passes from Johnny Manziel, Mike Evans has put himself in a similar position to potentially be drafted in the top 10. He came out of high school as a three-star recruit then redshirted before his two explosive seasons that has him competing to be the first off the board at his position.
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