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04/15/14 - Five players who should be on the San Francisco 49ers' draft radar: WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M: To nab Evans, the 49ers would clearly have to trade up. Given their stacked roster and 11 draft picks, San Francisco certainly possesses the ammunition to consider such a bold move. And considering that San Francisco has already visited privately with the potential top-10 pick, it appears that the club is intrigued by the option. At 6-foot-5, 231 pounds, Evans has the height to battle Seattle's monster cornerbacks. His long arms and physicality make him a nightmare to defend at the catch-point, as he was routinely able to box-out collegiate defenders on jump-balls and beat them deep with his rare speed (4.53), drawing plenty of comparisons to Tampa Bay Bucs' star Vincent Jackson along the way.
Sure the 49ers boast two dependable possession receivers in Michael Crabtree already but neither possesses Evans' ability to stretch the field. Given Boldin's age (will turn 34 in October) and Crabtree's struggles with durability and pending contract (he's entering the final year of his rookie contract), the 49ers may see adding a weapon to take advantage of Kaepernick's big arm as their top priority. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/04/14 - 2014 NFL Draft: Mike Evans' stock rises with Williams trade...Evans, the second-rated wide receiver and No. 13 overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, is a long-strider who has been compared to Jackson by NFLDraftScout.com since last year due to his combination of size, physicality and body control. Some scouts believe Evans helped "make" Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, and the redshirt sophomore has increased his stock since the end of the season - highlighted by his 4.53-second 40-yard dash time he was credited with at the Scouting Combine. There is little doubt the Bucs will target a receiver earlier in the Draft. Of the other six receivers they have on the current roster, only Louis Murphy has more than two years of NFL experience, and the sixth-year veteran caught only six passes for the New York Giants last season. - The Sports Xchange
04/04/14 - 2014 NFL Draft: Mike Evans' stock rises with Williams trade...The biggest winner out of Friday's trade of wide receiver Mike Williams to the Buffalo Bills could ultimately prove to be Mike Evans. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were aggressive in reshaping their roster under new general manager Jason Licht and head coach Lovie Smith, and were set to enter the 2014 NFL Draft with plenty of directions they could go with the No. 7 overall pick. In dealing Williams, however, the Bucs now have a clear need for a playmaking wide receiver opposite Vincent Jackson.
NFLDraftScoutcom's Rob Rang projects the Bucs to land Clemson's Sammy Watkins at No. 7, but there figures to be plenty of jockeying in front of Tampa Bay come draft day for the most dynamic wideout in this draft. Fellow analysis Dane Brugler projects Watkins to the Oakland Raiders two picks earlier, and a number of teams could be interested in leapfrogging the Bucs should Watkins still be on the board. That could bring Evans into play with the seventh pick. At 6-feet-5 and 231 pounds, Evans would team with Jackson (6-5, 230) to give new starting quarterback Josh McCown the type of super-sized combo he excelled with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery in Chicago last season. Smith also helped bring Marshall and Jeffery to Chicago as head coach of the Bears. - The Sports Xchange
04/03/14 - 2014 Pro Days: Johnny Manziel knocks it out of the park at pro day...While Manziel was the main attraction, Evans was equally impressive, looking sharp in his cuts and catching everything thrown his way. He didn't do any agility drills, only routes during Manziel's scripted passing session, but he did enough to create some buzz among the crowd. While Clemson's Sammy Watkins is expected to be the top wideout drafted, there are several NFL teams who have the 6-5, 231-pound Evans as the top wide receiver on their board so it shouldn't be surprising when Evans comes off the board early, maybe even ahead of Watkins. With former president George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara in attendance, along with hundreds of cameras and media, Manziel stepped onto the field to unsensored rap music in camouflage Nike shorts as if walking to the ring for a main event. And as his quarterback coach said, Manziel stepped up and knocked it out of the park. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/03/14 - 2014 NFL Draft: Week 4 Pro Days takeaways...2. Evans the top WR? Sticking with receivers, Texas A&M's Mike Evans wasn't the main attraction at Thursday's pro day down in College Station (he shouldn't feel bad, neither was a former U.S. President), but he created some buzz for himself with his performance catching the ball during Johnny Manziel's much ballyhooed workout. Evans showed strong, crisp routes with sharp footwork to plant-and-go with some natural explosion out of his breaks. He also caught everything thrown his way with his large catching radius to snare throws all around him.
While Sammy Watkins is the frontrunner to be the top wideout selected on draft day, don't count out Evans, who is considered the No. 1 player at his position by several NFL teams. The 6-5, 231-pound pass catcher didn't perform any agility drills, standing on his 4.51 40-yard dash from the combine, but was still impressive catching the ball and while many in attendance came to watch Manziel, they left talking about Evans (including me). - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com