Mike Evans – Receiver
Is 23 years old too young to be talking Hall of Fame? Probably, yeah. A lot can happen between now and the time Evans hangs up his cleats and the Bucs have had numerous young stars flame out after great starts to their career. Evans is a bit of a different animal, however, in that he’s doing things that few other players, much less Buccaneers, have ever done.
Mike Evans has been a force of nature since the first day he put on that number 13 jersey. As a rookie he put up 68 catches, 1051 yards and 12 touchdowns, despite playing on a very bad offense with very bad quarterback play. His sophomore season with a rookie Jameis Winston saw a dramatic dip in touchdowns and an increase in drops, but still maintained strong catch and yardage marks. Then, last season, Evans exploded into the complete package, combining the pluses from his rookie and sophomore season and eliminating most of the negatives. Oh, and he also had the best play of the entire season, a one handed snag against the Atlanta Falcons.
All that’s holding Mike Evans back from a stronger bid is Father Time. Three seasons is far too early to declare a player Canton bound, but if Evans is able to stay healthy and continue scoring touchdowns with Jameis Winston there’s no reason he can’t have a truly prolific career.