1. Mike Evans (2014)
Yes, Licht’s best pick to this point was his first pick for the Bucs. With the seventh pick in the 2014 draft, he selected Mike Evans out of Texas A&M. The team already had a No. 1 receiver in Vincent Jackson, but when the opportunity came to find his successor, Licht took it. And that has paid off in a big way. Four years into his career, he has earned the right to be considered among the league’s best wide receivers.
Evans has gone over 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first four seasons, becoming the third player in NFL history to do so. He has hit twelve touchdowns twice in his four seasons. His presence in the red zone and on third downs has been huge for the Bucs, which has helped the development of Winston in the last three years.
By the end of this season, No. 13 should have the franchise records for touchdown catches and receiving yards. Soon enough, he’ll have the most receptions in team history, needing 122 more to do so. His career numbers are fantastic, as he has totaled 309 catches, 4,579 receiving yards and 32 touchdowns.
The fact that Evans has already become one of the best receivers in franchise history through four seasons makes this pick a success. But what’s even better is that he will be wearing a Bucs uniform for years to come. I
n March, he signed a five-year extension with Tampa Bay. He has been a huge part of the Buccaneer offense for the last four years and will remain a major presence for the next several seasons. His production and overall importance to the team make him Licht’s best pick yet.