The Detroit Lions offense was explosive when both Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush were in the lineup. However, when one or both were missing the Lions struggled to move the ball, which is why finding a complementary threat opposite of Calvin Johnson is essential this offseason.
After missing on a few second round wide receivers in two of the past three drafts, there is a good chance the Lions draft a wide receiver with their first round pick.
Notable Comine Measurables:
Weight: 231 lbs
40- Yd: 4.53
Vertical Jump: 37″
225-lb Bench Press: 12 reps
3-Cone Drill: 7.08 sec
20-Yd Shuttle: 4.26 sec
Traits and Projected Round
Evans is a big body wide receiver at 6’5, 225 lbs that will overpower just about any defensive back. He possesses exceptional body control in the air and can make eye-popping catches even when the coverage has him blanketed.
I would define Evans as a “go getter” wide receiver meaning if you’re his QB, you can just throw the ball up and let him “go getter.” Hands down the best in the 2014 draft class in locating the ball and making a catch that probably shouldn’t have been completed.
The few cons on Evans are his lack of elite speed and his temper which got him into trouble on the field at Texas A&M. None of those reasons should knock him out of the top 20 picks. He looks too dominant on film in the best college football conference and relieved fears about his speed with a good showing at the combine.
Why The Lions Could Draft Mike Evans
Offenses run wild in the NFC North and a big body like Evans would thrive in jump ball situations with Calvin Johnson and Joseph Fauria drawing most of the attention in coverage.
Although Sammy Watkins is the clear-cut top receiver in the draft, watching Evans dominate the college ranks was just as impressive. Evans may not be as sure of a draft pick as Watkins, but there’s no question that the big bodied receiver has the talent to be an eventual number one receiver.