The idea of the Detroit Lions drafting Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans with the tenth overall pick became a lot more popular coming out of the combine. Evans was impressive physically and ran well enough to calm fears about his speed.
ESPN draft expert Todd McShay had the Lions selecting Evans in his second mock draft released on February 6, well before the combine. McShay’s third mock of this draft cycle was released today and he’s holding steady with Evans for the Lions.
I know that the idea of drafting a wide receiver in the first round brings back a lot of bad memories for Lions fans, but I really think that Detroit needs to add a guy who can take advantage of 1-on-1 coverage opposite Calvin Johnson and create big plays, and that’s Evans. He is one of the best receivers at coming down with 50-50 balls that I’ve ever evaluated, and he’s the most accomplished downfield receiving threat in this class. UNC tight end Eric Ebron would be another option here. Given the depth of the cornerback class, I think the Lions can wait to add a good one.
While McShay’s mind hasn’t changed, more Lions fans seem in favor of Evans as the pick now than they were when McShay first made the pick a month ago.