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Quit Knocking Mike Evans

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came into this draft with only one great wide receiver in Vincent Jackson. We traded away Mike Williams for a 6th round draft pick to the Bills because of his family members and his behavior over the past few years. Today, we drafted Mike Evans from Texas A&M. I was really excited about the pick because he fills a big need in our offense. Josh McCown can now throw it anywhere to either Jackson or Evans and they can use their big bodies to get it. It'll be similar to what he did with the Chicago Bears last year. What I don't understand is why people bash him for his slow speed or as a "Vincent Jackson clone".

Here are a few players that I decided to compare for everyone:

40yd 20 Shuttle 10yd 3-cone Vert Bench Arm Hands Weight Height
4.46 4.00 1.56 6.84 39.0 23 32 9 5/8 241 6'5
4.53 4.26 1.57 7.08 37.0 12 35 1/8 9 5/8 231 6'5
4.53 4.31 1.52 6.90 33.5 8 32 1/2 9 1/4 204 6'2
4.48 4.17 1.64 6.71 36.5 33 10 1/4 216 6'3
4.52 4.31 1.60 6.96 37.0 32 5/8 8 7/8 229 6'5
4.38 6.66 38.5 17 33 3/4 9 3/4 220 6'3
4.50 4.21 6.91 34.5 18 34 3/8 9 1/4 211 6'4
4.51 4.34 1.58 7.09 39.5 32 1/2 9 1/4 200 6'4

That is Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, Mike Williams, Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall, Julio Jones, A.J. Green, and Sidney Rice at the NFL Combine or their respected Pro-Day. In Order.

The one thing that I notice out of that data is that he is more of a bigger and stronger but less agile Mike Williams. You can also tell that he has a bigger catch radius than all of the other people chosen in this example. Vincent Jackson is close but because of the arm length, Mike Evans beats him out.

And why wouldn't we want a Vincent Jackson clone? In the years he has been a full time starter he has gone above 1000 yds except once.

Year Team G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD
2005 SDG 7 0 3 59 19.7 0
2006 SDG 16 7 27 453 16.8 6
2007 SDG 16 16 41 623 15.2 3
2008 SDG 16 16 59 1098 18.6 7
2009* SDG 15 15 68 1167 17.2 9
2010 SDG 5 5 14 248 17.7 3
2011* SDG 16 16 60 1106 18.4 9
2012* TAM 16 16 72 1384 19.2 8
2013 TAM 16 16 78 1224 15.7 7
Career 123 107 422 7362 17.4 52
7 yrs SDG 91 75 272 4754 17.5 37
2 yrs TAM 32 32 150 2608 17.4 15

Per www.pro-football-reference.com

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