Grading the Draft: Tampa Bay Buccaneers take Mike Evans


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans with the seventh overall pick, and he is expected to make a huge impact immediately for their offense. Evans will start across from Vincent Jackson, and will be an absolute nightmare for opposing defenses. Josh McCown was signed this offseason to start at the quarterback position, and he couldn’t be happier with the Buccaneers bringing in a weapon like Evans.

Standing at 6’5″ and weighing in at 225 pounds, Evans is a huge target for whoever the Buccaneers start at quarterback. He and Jackson will compliment each other very well, and the future hasn’t looked brighter for the Tampa Bay offense than right now. With Doug Martin coming back healthy next season, the Buccaneers have effectively helped to open up more space for him as defenses will have to respect the Buccaneers’ passing game even more with the Evans addition.

There really aren’t that many concerns surrounding Evans, and there are none that can really be noted. He is a fundamentally sound wide receiver that runs great routes, has great hands, great strength, can block, and has one of the top work ethics in the NFL Draft. This pick seems to be one of the safest in the first round, and the Buccaneers are sure to get great production from him.

Evans is one of the few receivers in the draft that will be able to step in immediately and become a deep threat and possession receiver. He has the speed to beat some defensive backs down the field, and has the big body to run shorter routes and get open as well. There is no question that his physical abilities and talent should translate into him being a star in the near future.

Overall, the Buccaneers could have gone several different ways with this pick, but they made the right choice and got a future star receiver. Their offense is going to be very dangerous this coming season, and Evans will be right in the middle of it as a rookie. Tampa Bay couldn’t have asked for a better first-round pick than Evans.

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