May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Mike Evans (Texas A&M) poses with his jersey after being selected as the number seven overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Grading the Pick: Mike Evans


With the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans.

But most importantly, this pick fills the biggest need on the Bucs’ roster.

Vincent Jackson was the only credible wideout on the roster after the Mike Williams trade and the Bucs were desperate for a No.2 receiver to pair with him.

Ironically, Jackson is the closest comparison in the NFL to Evans so the Bucs will have two big, powerful wideouts lining up on either side of the field for Josh McCown to throw to. Furthermore, Evans will get the chance to learn from Jackson, a player who has plenty of experience in the NFL and someone who has a very similar skillset, which should make Jackson and Evans a dynamic wideout duo.

Evans is listed at 6’5 and weighs in at 225 lbs. He is a physical receiver who has fantastic hands and uses his body well. He doesn’t have breakaway speed but is quick nonetheless and even blocks well.

By picking Evans, the Bucs passed on his teammate and former quarterback at Texas A&M Johnny Manziel.

The Bucs still need another receiver as their depth at that position still isn’t deep despite having Jackson and Evans on the roster, but by picking Evans, the Bucs made a bold, and great, first round pick.

Final grade: A

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  • 65yt

    Some Mock drafts were pretty good.
    But most sucked.
    And who ever is in charge of Rumors needs to find something else they are good at. Good pick

  • joe f.

    Mike Evans great pick. But I’m not sold on Mike Glennon being the BUCS. Q.B. of the future. Lovie is way to smart of a H.C. to think that. There is someone still on the draft board that Lovie and company have in mind. Or at least I hope so or maybe some in mind to trade for. Glennon did a o.k. job last season but no where near being the BUCS. Q.B. of the future he must have something in mind. He has to.